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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.

Recycling collection calendars
Blue week
Yellow week

Recycle More! The Cary Recycles program accepts the following additional items:
           #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 an item 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.
        Please do not include any metal attachments including metal handles, wheels,
        hinges and screws.   
Also accepted for recycling:           

  • Telephone books
  • Paper (glossy and matte including copy, fax and printer paper, manila file folders, card stock, non-foil gift wrap and greeting cards [non-musical recording], post-it notes.
  • Shredded paper that is tied closed in a clear/transparent plastic bag (please do not use grocery bags)
  • Newspaper, including inserts
  • Magazines/catalogs
  • Junk mail (manila envelopes, plastic windows and postcards are OK)
  • Glass bottles & jars (clear, brown & green)
  • Plastic bottles and tubs #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (carry-out clam shell containers, frozen entree trays and plastic flower pots are not accepted for recycling)
  • Lids (plastic and 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 (including juice, milk, dairy creamers, and fabric softener refills)
  • Drink boxes (no straws or drink pouches such as Capri Sun packages)
  • Chipboard (including cereal and other food boxes, empty paper towel rolls, egg cartons and cup trays)
  • Corrugated cardboard - Flatten and/or cut to ensure that it fits in the cart. Customers using an 18-gallon recycling bin must flatten and/or cut into pieces no larger than 2’X3’ in size and place inside the bin. Remove and properly dispose of all packing material. No pizza boxes.                                                                        Have more than will fit in your cart/bin such as a 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 packing material such as tape and polystyrene. Flattening boxes is optional for special cardboard pick up.  No pizza boxes.

Proper Preparation of Recyclable Materials
Remember to rinse containers. It's not necessary to remove labels. All recycling must fit inside the cart. Do not place recycling next to or on top of your cart. Recyclable materials that are mixed with items not on the list or otherwise improperly prepared may require disposal at the landfill.

Appliance and Electronics Recycling
Appliances/white goods, computer equipment and televisions are banned from North Carolina landfills. If the item is still in working condition, please consider donating it to a thrift store or charitable organization. Items should otherwise be recycled.  Here are some options:

  1. Take the appliance/electronic to a Wake County Multi-Material Drop-Off Facility
  2. Contact the Town at (919) 469-4090 to schedule a collection
  3. Bring the appliance/electronic to the Citizen's Convenience Center at 313 N. Dixon Ave.

Fees apply. Please call (919) 469-4090 for details.

Computer Recycling
The Town of Cary developed a first-in-the-state initiative - curbside pickup of discarded computers for recycling. 
Computer Recycling

Used Motor Oil/Filters Disposal
The Town of Cary 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 used cooking oils and grease to make an environmentally friendly bio-fuel. Proper disposal can help reduce blockages in our sewer system. The Town provides this service free of charge through specifically scheduled collections in our Residential Cooking Oil Curbside Collection and Recycling Program.

Junk Mail

The N.C. Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance has compiled information to help you to get off mailing lists and to stop unwanted telemarketing calls and e-mail "spam." This will help you 'Just Say No' to junk mail.

Clothing/Post Consumer Textile Recycling
The Town of Cary does not collect clothing, shoes or other textiles for recycling.

For a list of post consumer textile re-sale or recycling sites in Wake county, visit the Trash & Recyclables Directory.

Public Works Department
(919) 469-4090