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Curbside Recycling

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 the Cary Recycles Brochure

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The Cary Recycles program accepts these
#2 HDPE plastic items listed here: 
  • Laundry baskets
  • Lawn Furniture
  • Five gallon buckets
  • Storage containers and lids
  • 18 gallon recycling bins
  • Garbage cans/carts
  • Soda crates
Only these specific plastic #2 HDPE labeled items are accepted along with all bottles and tubs labelled #1-7.

If one of these items does not fit in your cart/bin, please drop it off at the Citizen's Convenience Center, 313 N. Dixon Ave., or call (919) 469-4090 to schedule a free collection. 

Do not include metal attachments such as metal handles, wheels, hinges and screws.

Also accepted for recycling:
  • Paper (includes color, glossy/matte, fax paper, 

    card stock,manila file folders/envelopes, postcards, envelopes with plastic windows, non-foil gift wrap and greeting cards [non-musical recording], post-it notes, newspaper and inserts, magazines and telephone books). No photo paper. 

  • Shredded paper that is tied closed in a clear/transparent plastic bag (please do not use grocery bags)
  • Glass bottles & jars
  • Plastic bottles and tubs #1 - 7 (No take-out containerscarry-out clam shell containers, frozen entree trays and plastic flower pots. No plastic bags or wrap.)
  • Lids (plastic/metal) placed on bottle, tub, jar or gable top carton
  • Aluminum cans, foil, and pie pans (No food residue)
  • Tin/Steel food cans
  • Metal pots and pans and corresponding metal lids
  • Cartons with a gable top (includes juice, milk, soup, cartons)
  • Aseptic soup/drink boxes (No straws or drink pouches such as Capri Sun packages)
  • Chipboard (food boxes and paperboard packaging, empty paper towel rolls, egg cartons and cup trays)
  • Corrugated cardboard - Flatten and/or cut to ensure that it fits in the cart/bin. Remove and properly dispose of all packing material. (No pizza boxes.)
For large quantities of cardboard, such as a stack of moving boxes, call (919) 469-4090 to schedule a free, special collection. Please recycle packing paper and remove and properly dispose of all other  material such as tape and polystyrene. Flattening boxes is optional for special cardboard pick up.  (No pizza boxes.)

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 and by appointment only when scheduled through our Residential Cooking Oil Curbside Collection and Recycling Program.

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Don't see it on our list? Search for it on the Trash & Recyclables Directory.

Public Works Department
(919) 469-4090