What Goes in the Recycling Cart: Items should be placed commingled loosely in your cart. This means that unlike garbage, recyclables should not be bagged. Cardboard boxes should be flattened, and everything should fit in your cart with the lid closed.
What Do I Do With This?: If you have an item that you're not sure if it belongs in your garbage, recycling or yard waste cart, check out our handy guide of common items and how to properly dispose of them. Here are a few more helpful links for solid waste disposal:
As of July 1, 2011, the State of North Carolina has banned all computer equipment and televisions from disposal in landfills.
Electronics cannot be placed in curbside carts as they will damage our sorting machinery, but we offer multiple sites for residents to drop them off at no charge.
Electronics eligible for recycling include CD,VHS, DVD and DVR players, computer equipment, connectors, cables and wiring, digital cameras, electronic games and toys, fax machines, old cell phones, small appliances (vacuum cleaners, blenders, fans, microwaves, etc.), stereo equipment and televisions.
Certain household wastes are not accepted in your curbside cart, because they can be hazardous to our environment and collection workers. The City has established a Household Hazardous Waste program to provide residents the opportunity to properly dispose of these wastes at our facility on E. MLK Jr. Drive for free.