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.
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|Blue week||Yellow week|
What to RecycleView and print the Cary Recycles Brochure
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 Frozen entree trays
X Clamshell/hinged containers
X Coat hangers
X Flower pots
|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 class.
|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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