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Dumpster Recycling for Businesses

Start recycling at work! In North Carolina, about 60 percent of solid waste comes from local commercial and industrial businesses. But we can change that by reducing our waste, reusing items when possible, and recycling what we can. The goal of this recycling program is simple: to take recyclables out of the trash can and put them into a recycling container.

Business recycling collection is available from the City, but you must provide your own dumpster. While there is a small fee for this service, most companies find that recycling saves money. Some businesses have saved 30 percent on waste removal costs by diverting their recyclables from a garbage container to a recycling dumpster. Contact a sales representative at 336-335-5444.

What's recyclable in the program:

  • Office and computer paper
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Corrugated cardboard and chipboard (flat cardboard)
  • Plastic food and beverage bottles
  • Aluminum and tin (steel) cans
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Hard plastics (laundry baskets, buckets, flowerpots, etc.).

At this time, glass is not accepted for recycling from commercial locations.

Your recyclables may not be picked up if your dumpster is contaminated with garbage or other unacceptable materials.Contamination occurs when any material that is not on the City's list of recyclable items is placed in your recycling dumpster.

If your recycling dumpster is found to be contaminated, the City will not empty the dumpster until the incorrect items are removed. You may choose to have the City empty the recycling as trash for a charge of $75 or you may remove items yourself.

Once the contamination has been removed from your recycling dumpster, call the Commercial Recycling Helpline at 336-335-5444. We will verify that these items have been removed and will restart service to your recycling dumpster on the next available service day.

Most dumpsters are contaminated by individuals who do not work or live where the recycling dumpster is being used. However, it is the responsibility of the person or company that has service in their name to resolve the problem, regardless of how or why the contamination took place.

Are you an industrial or manufacturing business that generates unusual waste? Try searching the NC Recycling Markets Directory for companies that specialize in recycling common and not-so-common materials. You may also try posting a free message at the North Carolina Waste Trader, a marketplace for surplus materials. Both of these websites are sponsored by the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Last updated: 10/22/2014 12:48:45 PM