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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- Laundry baskets
- Lawn Furniture
- Five gallon buckets
- Storage containers and lids
- 18 gallon recycling bins
- Garbage cans/carts
- Soda crates
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 containers, carry-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.)
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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