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All items may be mixed in the same container. Recyclables should be dry and free of food particles. Labels can stay. If you are not sure if something can be recycled, call us at 336-373-CITY (2489). What's not recyclable? 

What's Recyclable?

1. All plastics #1-7. Plastics like soda and water bottles, milk jugs, yogurt and margarine tubs.

2. Aluminum cans. Aluminum foil, pie pans and roasting pans are also accepted.

3. Steel cans with no lids. Sharp lids are a safety hazard in the sorting process.

4. Aerosol cans that are completely empty. If the can is not empty, it should go to the Household Hazardous Waste Center. Discard the spray nozzle.

5. Newspaper that is dry and free from food, paint, or dirt.

6. Paper that is dry and free from food, paint, or dirt residue may be recycled. Office paper, school paper and junk mail are accepted. Shredded paper should be placed in a paper bag before being placed in your recycling can. This helps prevent litter on the streets when the can is emptied.

7. Magazines and catalogs.

8. Cardboard that is unwaxed and uncoated may be recycled. Examples are laundry detergent boxes, furniture boxes, appliance boxes, shipping boxes, and pizza boxes.  

9. Chipboard or paperboard with a grayish or brownish color on the inside may be recycled. Examples are cake mix, cereal and cracker boxes, brownish/gray egg cartons, milk and juice cartons. All chipboard must be clean, dry, and free from any food particles, grease, or dirt. The bag liner often found inside these boxes should be placed in the trash.

10. Milk and juice cartons. 

11. Glass food and beverage containers are accepted from residential customers but not from commercial customers. Vases, bowls, mirrors, dishes, and other types of glass are not acceptable.

12. Rigid plastics include hard plastic items such as buckets, milk crates, laundry baskets, lawn furniture, plastic toys, pet carriers, litter boxes, plastic pallets, nursery trays, and flower pots.

13. Pots and pans. Pots and pans made of any type of metal are recyclable. Aluminum pie and roasting pans are accepted.

What's Not Recyclable?

Hazardous materials and electronic waste: Household hazardous materials and electronic waste should be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center at 2750 Patterson Street in Greensboro. If you have a question about hazardous waste, call 336-373-2489.

Please, no plastic bags. Plastic bags can get caught in our recycling machinery and cause damage. Plastic bags should be recycled at local grocery stores.

No baby diapers.

No car parts.

No clothes.

No tires: Tires may be disposed of through the County's tire disposal program.

No yard waste: State law requires yard waste and several other items to be disposed of separately from recyclables and household trash. Do not place yard waste in your green or brown can.

No foam packaging and peanuts: Do not put foam packaging, cups, and shipping peanuts in your recycling container. Most mail packaging stores will gladly accept foam peanuts. To locate a store that accepts peanuts, call the national Peanut Hotline at 800-828-2214, sponsored by the Plastic Loose Fill Council.

Last updated: 7/1/2013 8:32:52 AM