Keep it Loose in the Cart!
We know you take the time to recycle and we don’t want to see your efforts got to waste. Starting July 14 and continuing through September, our crews will be individually surveying recycling carts as they look for and filter out popular contaminates in an effort to reduce our recycling contamination while also providing educational information to curbside customers.
Cary Recycles Survey to Reduce Contamination
View and print the "Keep it Loose in the Cart" campaign poster
When to Recycle
Place your recycling cart at the curb every other week by 7 a.m. on your collection day for recycling. If collection does not occur, call the Public Works Department at (919) 469-4090.
View and print recycling collection calendars
|Blue week||Yellow week|
What to Recycle
View and print the Cary Recycles Brochure
Why Can't I Recycle That?
Accepted in Your Cart
Not Accepted in Your Cart
X Binder clips
X Napkins/tissues/paper towels
X Wax or parchment paper
X Loose shredded paper
X Shredded paper in unclear bags or grocery/trash bags
X Unnumbered plastics
X Plastic bags and wrap
X Cups, plates, utensils
X Frozen entree trays
X Clamshell/hinged containers
X Coat hangers
X Flower pots
X Foam blocks ex) shipping packaging, packing peanuts, cups, plates
|Certain Rigid #2 HDPE Plastics
||X Metal attachments (wheels, handles, hinges and screws)|
||X Pots and pans with electric plugs
X Items wtih food residue
|Chipboard and SBS/White Paperboard
X Cereal bags
| Corrugated Cardboard
Flatten and/or cut to ensure that it fits in the cart/bin.
If you have more cardboard than will fit in your cart/bin, call (919) 469-4090 to schedule a free, cardboard collection.
|X Pizza boxes
X Packing peanuts
X Pyrex, Corningware
X Window, auto and mirror glass
X Light bulbs
X Other broken glass
|Gable Top Cartons and Aseptic Packaging
|| X Drink/food pouches
All items accepted for recycling can also be taken to the Citizen's Convenience Center located at 313 N. Dixon Ave.
Proper Preparation for Recycling
Give containers a quick rinse.
Keep items loose in the cart; do not bag your recyclable materials.
All items must fit inside your cart/bin.
Recycling that is mixed with unaccepted items or otherwise improperly prepared may not be processed and require disposal at the landfill.
Computer/Electronic and Appliance Recycling
Appliances/white goods, computer equipment and televisions are banned from North Carolina landfills. Recycle your computer/electronics and appliances.
Used Motor Oil/Filters Disposal
The Town collects and recycles used motor oil and filters free of charge. Call (919) 469-4090 to schedule a pickup. Used motor oil must be placed in a container no larger than 5 gallons, sealed with a screw-cap lid, and labeled "Used Motor Oil." Filters must be triple-bagged for collection.
Residential Waste Cooking Oil Recycling
Save and recycle your fats, oils and grease (FOG) to make an environmentally friendly bio-fuel. The Town provides this service free of charge when scheduled through our Residential Cooking Oil Curbside Collection and Recycling Program.
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