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Think Recycling First.
When you decide whether to throw something away or recycle it, remember that more often than not what you hold in your hand is a resource, not trash. Even 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 pick up and empty recycling containers. We were also one of the first to switch 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 is all made up of 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 to 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.

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

"Greensboro collects recyclables every other week,
on either a red week schedule or a blue week schedule.
Which week is your recycling collected?

Last updated: 10/27/2014 9:53:36 AM