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Greensboro collects recyclables every other week.
Learn which week your recycling is collected.

Think Recycling First.
When you decide whether to throw something away or recycle it, remember that often what you hold in your hand is a resource, not trash. After you are done with your bottles, cans, paper, and more, those items can be remade into new items. Greensboro recycled nearly 57 million pounds of material last year and it all came from your decision to place a bottle or can or newspaper into the recycling bin instead of sending it to the landfill.

Greensboro has a long history of putting recycling first. Our city was one of the first communities in the United States to use automated collection -- a truck with a mechanical arm -- to empty recycling containers. We were also one of the first to allow commingled recycling, where all recyclable items are placed into the same container and separated at the recycling facility.

Recycling Matters in Greensboro.
The difference that recycling makes is a big deal and it starts with small actions. Recycling supports local jobs and helps keep prices lower on the goods you buy every day. It conserves energy and produces less pollution, protecting our environment. Recycling provides revenue for the City, helping offset the costs of collecting solid waste, and keeps your tax bill lower. Last year, through recycling revenue and offset disposal costs, the program saved Greensboro more than $2.1 million.

Your Bottle Means JobsYour Bottle Means Jobs.
Recycling your plastic bottles supports our local recycling industry and regional manufacturers who turn that plastic into goods.

Local companies use recycled plastic to create products like yarn, carpet and pipes. Yet North Carolinians throw out about 70 percent of our plastic bottles instead of recycling them. The Carolinas Plastics Recycling Council estimates that 300 jobs could be created if every household in NC recycled two more bottles each week.

Pledge to recycle more bottles and you will be entered to win a beach trip, $500 gift card and other prizes. Take the pledge online.   

Help yourself, your community and your planet. Recycle First. It Matters.

Last updated: 4/4/2017 9:15:31 AM