Curbside Recycling

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When to Recycle

Place your recycling cart at the curb every other week on your collection day following your Blue or Yellow week schedule; find your recycling collection day.
View and print recycling collection calendars:

What to Recycle

Accepted in Your Cart

Not Accepted

  • White and color paper/cardstock/manila
  • Newspaper/magazines
  • Mail/envelopes with windows/postcards
  • Non-foil gift wrap/ wrapping tissue
  • Greeting cards (no electronic devices)
  • Telephone books
  • Paper bags (any color)
  • Shredded paper contained in a clear plastic bag & tied closed.

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new shredded paper

X Books
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
  • Bottles (neck smaller than body) and tubs #1 - 7
  • Lids (placed back on bottle, tub or jar)
Labels are okay.
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X Unnumbered plastics
X Plastic bags and wrap
X Cups, plates, utensils
X Frozen entree trays
X Clamshell/hinged containers
X Toys
X Coat hangers
X Flower pots
Foam blocks or packing peanuts
Certain Rigid #2 HDPE Plastics
  • Laundry baskets
  • Lawn furniture
  • 5-gallon buckets
  • Storage containers and lids
  • Soda crates
  • Garbage cans/cart
  • 18-gallon recycling bins
If your #2 rigid plastic on this list will not fit in your cart, please call (919) 469-4090 for a free, special collection.

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storage container

X Metal attachments (wheels, handles, hinges and screws)
  • Aluminum cans, foil and pie pans
  • Tin/Steel food cans
  • Lids (placed back on bottle, tub or jar)
  • Pots, pans and lids

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XPots and pans with electric plugs
X Items with food residue
Chipboard and SBS/White Paperboard
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Food boxes and paperboard packaging
  • Paper/board egg cartons
  • Cup holder trays

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X Cereal bags
X Plastic wrap around paper towels
X Polystyrene/styrofoam/plastic egg cartons

Corrugated Cardboard
  • Boxes and inserts

Packing paper okay. Properly dispose of other packing material.
Flatten/cut, ensure cardboard fits in the cart/bin.

Request a free collection for cardboard that will not fit in your cart or call (919) 469-4090 to schedule via phone.

corrugated cardboard 1F X Pizza boxes

X Packing peanuts

  • Bottles
  • Jars
Lids placed on container are okay. Labels are okay.

glass image 1 X Ceramic
X Pyrex, Corningware
X Window, auto and mirror glass
X Light bulbs
X Other broken glass
Gable Top Cartons and Aseptic Packaging
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Drink and soup boxes
Lids placed on container are okay.

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X Drink/food pouches
X Straws

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 by appointment; request collection or call (919) 469-4090.  Used motor oil must be placed in a plastic container no larger than 5 gallons, sealed with a screw-cap lid and labeled "Used Motor Oil." Filters must be triple-bagged.   

Residential Waste Cooking Oil Recycling

Save and recycle your fats, oils and grease (FOG) to make 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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Don't see it on our list? Search for it on the Trash & Recyclables Directory.