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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. -- Most people around the Piedmont who recycle can easily put their items in a bin and leave it on the curb for pick up.

But for thousands of people in Rockingham County, that’s not an option. But a new push to add curbside recycling to areas outside city limits may soon change that.

Curbside recycling is only offered in Madison and Stoneville, according to Ronnie Tate, director of engineering for the county.

Tate says glass, aluminum cans and plastic bottles often wind up in the county landfill where the items are harder to break down and can take up to 30 to 40 percent of the landfill's space.

Tate hopes the curbside recycling program would help change that.

Rockingham County Commissioners will vote on the curbside recycling program on Aug. 17.

If the program is passed, curbside recycling could start as early as November.