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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

What's Accepted in Your Cart?

Paper

paper mix 1 imageAccepted

  • 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.

Not Accepted

  • Books
  • Binder clips
  • Napkins/tissues/paper towels
  • Wax or parchment paper
  • Loose shredded paper
  • Shredded paper in unclear bags or grocery/trash bags

Plastics

plastic groupAccepted

  • Bottles (neck smaller than body) and tubs #1 - 7
  • Lids (placed back on bottle, tub or jar)
  • Labels are okay.

Not Accepted

  • Unnumbered plastics
  • Plastic bags and wrap
  • Cups, plates, utensils
  • Frozen entree trays
  • Clamshell/hinged containers
  • Toys
  • Coat hangers 
  • Flower pots
  • Foam blocks or packing peanuts

Certain Rigid #2 HDPE Plastics

lawn chair imageAccepted 

  • Laundry baskets
  • Lawn furniture
  • 5-gallon buckets
  • Storage containers and lids
  • Soda crates
  • Garbage cans/cart
  • 18-gallon recycling bins

Not Accepted

  • Metal attachments (wheels, handles, hinges and screws)

Metal

metal can2Accepted 

  • Aluminum cans, foil and pie pans
  • Tin/Steel food cans
  • Lids (placed back on bottle, tub or jar)
  • Pots, pans and lids

Not Accepted

  • Pots and pans with electric plugs
  • Items with food residue

Chipboard and SBS/White Paperboard

cereal roll imageAccepted

  • Paper towel rolls
  • Food boxes and paperboard packaging
  • Paper/board egg cartons
  • Cup holder trays

Not Accepted

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

Corrugated Cardboard

corrugated cardboard 1FAccepted 

  • Boxes and inserts

Packing paper is 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.

Not Accepted 

  • Pizza boxes
  • Packing peanuts

Glass

glass image 1Accepted 

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

Not Accepted

  • Ceramic
  • Pyrex, Corningware
  • Window, auto and mirror glass
  • Light bulbs
  • Other broken glass

Gable Top Cartons and Aseptic Packaging

aseptic packageAccepted 

  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Drink and soup boxes
  • Lids placed on container are okay.

Not Accepted

  • Drink/food pouches
  • Straws

Items accepted for recycling can also be dropped off at the Citizen's Convenience Center313 N. Dixon Ave.

Proper Preparation for Recycling

  • Give containers a quick rinse.
  • Keep items loose in the cart; do not bag your items.

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.