What Do I Do With...

A guide to common items and how/where to properly dispose of them.

Facilities:

Welcome to the MRF

Material Recovery Facility (Recycling)


  • 5875 Riverdale Drive, Jamestown, N.C. 27282
  • Phone: 336.883.3623
  • Hours: Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Drop-Off Location: Back side of the building at clearly marked "Drop-Off Location" 
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Kersey Valley Landfill


  • 3940 E. Kivett Drive, High Point, N.C. 27262
  • Phone: 336.883.3435
  • Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Saturdays 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., regular household/kitchen garbage only)
Ingleside Scale House

Ingleside Compost Facility


  • 3001 Ingleside Drive, High Point, N.C. 27265
  • Phone: 336.883.8514
  • Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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High Point Household Hazardous Waste Facility


  • 1401 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, High Point, N.C. 27260
  • Phone: 336.883.3681
  • Hours: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. First Saturday in October, December (2018) and February, April, June (2019)
  • Click here for more information about items accepted

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Guilford County Household Hazardous Waste Facility: EcoFlow
  • 2750 Patterson Street, Greensboro, N.C. 27407
  • Phone: 336.855.7925
  • Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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Scrap Tire White Goods Collection of Guilford County


  • 2138 Bishop Road, Greensboro, N.C. 27406
  • Phone: 336.641.9431
  • Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Red Box for Rent

Rent a Red Box


  • For major clean-up projects, you may rent a red box for $100. This is a non-refundable fee. The red box measures 4 x 8 x 14 for a total of 448 cubic feet. 
  • Materials may not be mixed - all household garbage or all yard waste, not both. 
  • No paint, construction-type material, televisions or tires

Items and How to Dispose of Them:

 

Aerosol Cans


  • If it contains/ed a hazardous material like spray paint or oven cleaner, then it needs to be disposed of at Household Hazardous Waste
  • If it is empty and did NOT contain hazardous waste (for example, deodorant or air freshener), then remove the plastic cap and place in your recycling cart

Air Packs/Shipping Packaging


  • NOT including packing peanuts
  • NOT recyclable
  • Air packs and plastic film shipping materials may be taken to the grocery store and recycled with plastic bags and film
  • Otherwise, this can be reused or go in your household garbage

Aluminum Cans


  • Empty, rinse and place in recycling cart

Aluminum Foil and Trays


  • NOT recyclable
  • Place in household garbage

Antifreeze


Ammunition


  • Spent shells and casings may be placed in household garbage
  • Live ammunition should be taken to the High Point Police or gun range for appropriate disposal

Animal Waste/Bedding


  • Should NOT be thrown down storm drains
  • Do NOT place in yard waste carts
  • Should be picked up, bagged and placed in household garbage, do not leave out

Ashes


  • Cooled ashes may be bagged and placed in household garbage
  • Human and animals cremains must be scattered within the parameters of local rules and regulations

Automobiles


  • These are not accepted at any City facility. Please contact a local scrap dealer or junkyard. 

Bags


  • No plastic bags should be placed in your recycling cart! The sole exception being clear bags filled with shredded paper.
  • Paper bags may be placed in your recycling cart
  • Plastic bags: reuse them as trash bags, pet waste disposal bags or return them to the drop off at a local grocery store
  • Miscellaneous bags: chip bags, pet food bags, frozen food bags, etc. These are not recyclable or reclaimable. Please place in your household garbage

Batteries (Auto, lawn, etc, lead acid)


  • These may NOT go in any City disposal cart
  • These will be accepted at Household Hazardous Waste or can be taken back to many auto repair stores

Batteries (Household: alkaline, lithium, lithium-ion, cadmium, nickel, NiMH, etc.)


  • These may NOT go in any City disposal cart
  • These can go to Household Hazardous Waste or can often be returned to stores such as Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe's, etc.

Boats


  • These will not be picked up curbside, they may be taken to the Landfill where it will be charged on weight. The fuel tank must be removed.
  • If the trailer is brought as well, the tires must be removed
  • Many local scrap dealers will also take boats and trailers.

Books


  • Paperback books can be placed in your recycling cart
  • Hardcover books must have the cover removed to be thrown in the household garbage. The pages may go in your recycling cart
  • Another option is to donate books to local schools, church libraries or thrift stores

Bottlecaps and Container Lids


  • Please leave bottle caps on plastic bottles and place them in your recycling cart
  • This is also true for the lids to containers like butter tubs
  • Bottlecaps and lids on glass bottles and jars should be removed
  • If lids are removed, please place lids in the household garbage (empty bottles and containers may still be recycled without lids). 

Brick, Concrete, and Rock


  • Acceptable clean brick, concrete and rock can be brought to the Landfill at no charge. It will be checked upon arrival and will be accepted as clean material at the discretion of the attendant, otherwise, it will be charged.
  • These materials are not collected curbside. 
  • Any material that is mixed with dirt, larger size concrete, and rock will be charged at the Landfill by weight
  • Consider donating clean and serviceable construction supplies to local volunteer groups that construct houses for the less fortunate
  • There are also private Construction and Demolition landfills that will accept these materials, please contact them for more info

Cardboard


  • Please flatten and place in your recycling cart (note that the lid on the cart must be able to close)
  • For large amounts of cardboard, this may also be taken to a City drop-off location

Cartons (Juice, milk, soup, etc)


  •  Place in your recycling cart

Chemicals From Household (Cleaners, Solvents, Stain Removers)


  • Please bring these to Household Hazardous Waste
  • Empty containers do not need to be taken to HHW, but should be placed in household garbage instead of recycling

Christmas Lights


  • These may NOT go in your recycling cart (they tangle sorting machinery)
  • They MAY be brought to the Material Recovery Facility for dropoff.
  • If bringing them to the MRF is not an option, they can go in your household garbage

Christmas Trees


  • Live trees: These can be placed on the curb for special holiday pickup, with the regular yard waste pickup, or can be taken to the Ingleside Compost Facility (dates announced each December)
  • Artificial trees: These must be disposed of in your household garbage. If it fits in your cart, you may dispose of it there. If not, it may be taken to the Landfill. If the tree is still in good working condition, please consider a donation to a second-hand store or charity

Clothing and Shoes


  • These may be placed in your household garbage
  • If they are not heavily worn or tattered, consider a donation to thrift or secondhand stores, or use as household rags

Compostable and Plant-Based Containers


  • These must go in your household garbage. They are not made of traditional plastic and therefore are not traditionally recyclable. 

Computers and Computer Equipment


Construction and Demolition Waste


  • Acceptable clean brick and concrete (cannot be mixed materials) can be brought to the Landfill at no charge. It will be up to the discretion of the Landfill employees. 
  • Other construction debris may be brought to the Landfill and will be charged by weight
  • Can also be taken to any of the local Private Construction and Demolition-specific landfills, please call them for more information

Cooking Oil/Grease


  • DO NOT pour down drains (storm or sanitary sewer). This must be disposed of properly!
  • For households, please place it in a heat-resistant container and dispose of used cooking oil in household garbage
  • Commercial businesses should maintain a contract with an oil disposal company
  • Empty containers: these can be recycled (olive oil, vegetable oil, etc)

Coolers


  • Plastic: Plastic coolers that can fit in a recycling cart may be placed there for normal collection. It must be empty. 
  • Styrofoam: Styrofoam coolers can NOT be recycled and must be placed in household garbage
  • Metal: These may be recycled in they fit in your cart. They can also be taken to a scrap facility or placed in your household garbage cart. 

Dead Animals


  • The City provides free collection of dead animals (pets only, no livestock) weighing less than 100 pounds to residents
  • The animal may be placed in a heavy duty plastic bag and placed in your household garbage cart. Or you may contact Customer Service at 336.883.3111 - the animal must be placed in a heavy duty bag and placed at the curb for prompt collection.
  • Larger animals can be disposed of at the Landfill and will be charged the current rate for disposal. Please call ahead first. 

Diapers


  • NOT recyclable - must be placed in household garbage

Diesel Fuel


  • This can only be disposed of as Household Hazardous Waste
  • Empty containers that once contained fuel must be placed in household garbage

Dirt/Gravel


  • This may NOT be washed down a storm drain
  • This also should not just be dumped in vacant areas (landscaping aside)
  • This may be taken to the Landfill, where clean, uncontaminated dirt and gravel will be taken at no charge at the discretion of the landfill employees
  • Another option is to advertise it on local groups for sale, well-priced dirt is a commodity people appreciate

Dishes


  • These are NOT recyclable and must be placed in your household garbage
  • If they are serviceable and unbroken, please consider a donation to a local secondhand store, religious organization or charity

Drink Pouches


  • These are made of many different materials and are not recyclable, thus must go in household garbage

Drums and Barrels


  • For barrels containing inert and harmless materials, please call the Material Recovery Facility at 336.883.3623 to inquire about recyclability
  • Otherwise, many metal drums may be taken to scrap metal dealers. 
  • All drums and barrels may be disposed of at the Landfill, with the lids removed, at the current charge by weight

Electronics


Feminine Hygiene Products


  • These do NOT belong in your recycling in any capacity, except for the cardboard boxes that they come in
  • These should also NOT be flushed down the City sanitary sewer system
  • The most appropriate form for disposal for all of this is to place these items in your household garbage after each use

Fire Extinguishers


Flares


Flower Pots


  • Heavy plastic pots like rose pots may be recycled
  • The lighter, thin plastic pots or flats are not recyclable and may be taken to the agricultural plastic recycling dropoff at the Piedmont-Triad Regional Farmers Market on Sandy Ridge Road, or may be taken to the garden center at most big box stores

Flushable Wipes


  • They're actually not flushable! Even if they say they are.
  • Please dispose of them in your household garbage

Furniture


  • May be taken to the Landfill, where you will be charged by weight
  • You may also place this at the curbside for bulk item pickup on your regular trash collection day
  • If the furniture is not in disrepair and is still usable, it is suggested that it be donated to secondhand, charity or thrift stores

Gasoline and Mixed Gas


Glass Bottles and Jars


  • Please place in your recycling cart rinsed, with lids removed. Please, no lids, caps or corks. 

Glass Windows


  • NOT recyclable
  • These may be taken to the Landfill, where they will be charged on weight
  • They may be placed on the curb and called in for bulk pick up
  • They may be placed in your household garbage if they are bagged and fit fully in your cart
  • If the windows are not broken and are salvageable, consider donating to a home rebuilding charity

Grass Clippings


  • These may NOT be washed or blown down storm drains
  • Please bag and place on the curb for yard waste pickup, or take them to the Ingleside Compost Facility, where if you are a resident of the City, there will be no charge. If you do not own a home in High Point, you will be charged by weight. 

Helium Tanks


  • Can be taken to the Material Recovery Facility for dropoff. Please do not place in your recycling cart. 
  • Can be taken to some local scrap dealers - please call them directly to inquire

Herbicide


  • This goes to Household Hazardous Waste
  • If the containers are empty and contain no more chemicals, please dispose of in your household garbage

Hoses (Garden or Automotive)


  • NOT recyclable
  • May be placed in your household garbage for normal pickup

Ink Cartridges


  • NOT recyclable in at-home recycling
  • These can and should be taken to office supply stores for return, recycling and disposal

Insecticide


  • Must go to Household Hazardous Waste
  • If the containers are empty and contain no more chemicals, please dispose of in your regular household garbage

Kerosene


  • Must go to Household Hazardous Waste
  • If the containers are empty and contain no more chemicals, please dispose of in your regular household garbage

Large Appliances (Air conditioners, refrigerators, etc.)


  • May be taken to Bishop Road for White Goods disposal at no charge
  • Can also go to the designated area at the Landfill, where you will be charged on weight
  • May also be placed at the curb for special pickup on the same day as your garbage pick up (see bulk collection guidelines)

Lids


  • Lids from plastic containers should be left ON the container they came from and then be placed in your recycling
  • Loose lids should go in the garbage

Lightbulbs


  • Should be disposed of as Household Hazardous Waste or can be taken to many home improvement stores, like Lowes or Home Depot
  • Should never go in your recycling and should not be placed in garbage

Mattresses and/or Boxspring


  • Households and residents may dispose of mattresses by taking them to the Landfill or by placing them by the curb for bulk pickup on the same day as your regular garbage collection day. 
  • Any commercial dealers with a bulk of mattresses will not be allowed to dump at the Landfill and will need to make other arrangements. 

Medication


  • Unused medications absolutely should not be flushed down the toilet, washed down the sink or thrown in the garbage
  • All unused medications should be taken to the High Point Police for appropriate disposal
  • Other options are to return it to the pharmacy where they will either take it or have mail-in programs in place for disposal
  • Empty medication bottles should not be recycled but should be placed in household garbage

Metal Fencing, Barbed Wire, Miscellaneous Metal


  • This may be brought to the Landfill, where it will be charged on weight
  • Another option is to inquire with local scrap metal dealers
  • If it is fencing or metal that may be of use in construction projects, consider contacting a local house-building charity

Mirrors


  • NOT recyclable
  • These may be taken to the Landfill, where they will be charged on weight
  • May be placed on the curb and called in for bulk pick up
  • May be placed in your household garbage if bagged and fully fit in the cart with the lid closed
  • If not broken and are salvageable, consider a donation

Motor Oil and Filters


  • NOT recyclable in your recycling cart
  • May be taken to most auto parts and/or repair shops in High Point
  • Otherwise must be disposed of as Household Hazardous Waste
  • Empty containers must be disposed of in your household garbage

Needles and Sharps


  • NOT recyclable. Do not place in the recycling or garbage cart(s)
  • Needles and sharps MUST be in an approved sharps container (can be purchased at most pharmacies) and may then be:

Newspaper


Packing Peanuts


  • NOT recyclable
  • May be disposed of in household garbage
  • Consider reuse or returning to many shipping and packing stores that will usually take them (but call first to check)

Paint


  • Latex paint, oil-based paint and spray paint should be disposed of as Household Hazardous Waste
  • Dried out or empty containers may go in your household garbage

Paper


Pesticide


Pizza Boxes


  • Can be placed in your recycling cart or taken to a recycling dropoff site
  • Excessively greasy boxes or boxes with food remains should be disposed of in household garbage

Plastic Bags


  • NOT recyclable in your recycling cart! (The only exception is clear plastic bags containing shredded paper)
  • Plastic bags may be taken back to most grocery and big box stores throughout the City and can be placed in a drop box at the front of the store
  • Other options are to reuse the bags for trashcan liners or to dispose of pet waste

Plastic Bottles and Tubs


  • May be placed in recycling
  • Need to be rinsed (just a simple rinse, not full wash) and placed in the cart with the lids/caps ON

Plastic To-Go Box


  • NOT recyclable
  • Needs to be placed in your household garbage
  • Consider taking your own reusable to-go boxes when you go out to eat.

Propane Tanks


  • These should go back to the store where it was purchased
  • Do not place in recycling or garbage

PVC Piping


  • NOT recyclable
  • If it fits in your garbage cart, please dispose of it there. If not, it may be taken to the Landfill, where you will be charged at the current rate

Ribbon and Twine


  • Please place in your household garbage
  • If possible, reuse or consider donating larger quantities to creative reuse outlets or schools

Shredded Paper


  • May be recycled but must be bagged in a clear plastic bag
  • Do not place in your recycling cart loose

Small Appliances


Smoke and CO2 Detectors


Soil, Dirt, and Sand


  • May NOT be washed down storm drains
  • Please consider disposal with local landscaping companies
  • Can be taken to the Landfill: possibly without charge at employees' discretion

Solo Cups and To-Go Cups


  • NOT recyclable
  • Please place in household garbage

Steel Cans


  • Please place in your recycling
  • Lid from those cans may be recycled as well - the best practice is to place the lid back in the rinsed can and gently pinch the can in order to keep the lid inside

Straws


  • NOT recyclable
  • Please place in household garbage
  • One of the most widely used and most easily replaceable disposable plastics.  Consider opting out of using them or using a reusable one. 

Styrofoam


  • NOT recyclable
  • Please dispose of in household garbage
  • There is an unmanned dropoff for clean Styrofoam at the DART Facility in Randleman at 3219 Wesleyan Road, Randleman, N.C. 27317 that is open to the public. That is the only place in the Piedmont that accepts Styrofoam. Call them for more details.

Televisions, Computers, Printers, etc.


Tile and Ceramic


  • May be taken to the Landfill, where it will be charged on weight
  • If you are a homeowner and doing a small project, a Red Box may be rented
  • If it is not broken and is serviceable consider a donation to a home building charity or ReStore

Tires


  • Do NOT place in garbage or recycling
  • Please take to Bishop Road
  • NOT accepted at Landfill

Toilets, Sinks, etc.


  • These can be placed in your household garbage if it fully fits in the cart with the lid closed or can be placed at the curb for bulk pickup
  • May also be taken to the Landfill
  • If there are multiple items and you are a private homeowner, consider renting a Red Box for disposal
  • If items are in decent working order, consider donating to a local home-building charity

Trailer


  • These may be brought to the Landfill, where they will be charged by weight
  • Please remove the tires for separate disposal
  • May also be taken to many local scrap dealers, call them directly to inquire

Transmission Fluid


  • Must be disposed of at Household Hazardous Waste
  • Many auto repair shops will also take this - call first
  • Empty containers may be placed in household garbage

Trash


  • Business
    • Please contact one of the many local private contractors to set up garbage pickup and disposal at your place of work
    • May also be taken to the Landfill where it will be charged on weight
  • Household
    • Each household may have up to two (2) garbage carts. All trash must be bagged!
    • Trash may be taken to the Landfill, where it will be charged on weight

Weapons and Ammunition


  • Should not be disposed of at any City facility. Take them to the High Point Police for proper disposal. 
  • Some licensed gun ranges or dealers will also take them, call to inquire

Wooden Pallets


  • These can be brought to the Landfill, where they will be charged by weight. Patrons will be instructed to dispose of them in the landfill's wood yard. 

Wrapping Paper


  • Paper wrapping paper can go in the recycling (please remove all bows, ribbon and other decoration)
  • Foil-based wrapping paper should be disposed of in the garbage

Yard Waste


  • Yard waste carts may be purchased by calling Customer Service 336.883.3111, and are picked up on your regular garbage days
  • Yard waste may also be taken to the Ingleside Compost Facility
  • Residents may dump for free, businesses will be charged on weight (High Point property owners only)