Public Works

The Recycling Center

709 Marcellus Street

(336) 349-1070

The hours for this unmanned facility are Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  

Please deposit recyclables in the proper containers as marked and do not leave any items that do not have a designated container.  We are counting on you to help us keep this area clean.

Televisions, Computer Equipment added to Drop-Off Site!

In July of 2010, the State of North Carolina banned televisions and computer equipment from being disposed in landfills due to the containment of toxic materials. Since 2012, as an additional service to our City residents, they can bring these items to the City's Recycling Center during normal business hours. Computer equipment includes the following: laptops, desktops, monitors, printers, scanners, mice and keyboards.

In addition, many retailers and electronics manufacturers operate their own recycling programs and can be contacted individually for more information.

How do you recycle?

It's fun and easy!  Simply save all your newspapers, mixed paper, glass, plastics, metal cans and used motor oil and take them to the Recycling Center.  Rinsing the glass, plastic and metal cans is encouraged but not mandatory. 

Newspaper:   Keep newspapers in manageable bundles.  The newspapers should not be bound or encased in bags.

Mixed Paper:  Bring your magazines, old telephone books, office paper, cereal boxes, paper egg cartons and junk mail. We cannot accept carbon paper, waxed cartons, laminated paper, or styrofoam. 

Glass:  The three types of glass that are acceptable are clear, green and brown, and they each have a designated container at the Recycling Center. We encourage citizens to rinse the items before bringing them to the Recycling Center.

Plastic:  #1 PET and #2 HDPE beverage bottles including milk, water and juice as well as rigid plastic bottles (having a neck smaller than the body of the container) are accepted.  If possible, we prefer the containers be rinsed and crushed.

Metal Cans: Beverage, soup, juice cans etc. will be accepted.  Again, we prefer they be rinsed and labels removed.  Crush the aluminum.

Oil:  Used motor oil can be recycled and should never be dumped down the drain which pollutes our water.  Put the oil in clean plastic containers to bring to the Recycling Center.  The plastic containers can be discarded at the Recycling Center. 

Used Cooking Oil & Grease:  Just in time for the holidays, citizens can now recycle their used fryer oil at the City's Recycling Center. Please dispose of the used cooking oil in the recycling container labeled "Green Light Biofuels."

Leaves:  Leaves are recyclable, too! From November through December, rake them to the curb, and we will vacuum them on a weekly schedule for composting.  No sticks, branches, etc should be in the piles of raked leaves.  During the fall, check the local newspapers for further information.  Through the rest of the year, bagged leaves will be collected at the curb.

RECYCLING......

Reduces Solid Waste and Saves Landfill Space --- Approximately half of household trash is recyclable.  The more that is recycled, the longer North Carolina's last few operating landfills will remain open.  For example, each ton of recycled newspaper saves three cubic yards of landfill space and recycled glass, metal cans, plastics and other materials add to the space saved.

Conserves Natural Resoures --- Recycling converts waste into valuable materials that can be used to make new products.  It reduces demands on our limited natural resources of trees, aluminum, iron, and other metals for which there are no substitutes.

Saves Energy --- Recycling saves a tremendous amount of energy.  Aluminum recycling saves 95% of the energy required to make new cans from raw materials.  Recycling paper saves approximately 45% and recycling glass saves up to 25%.

Reduces Polution --- Recycling helps keep the environment clean and healthy because making products from recycled materials creates less pollution than from raw materials.  Both paper and aluminum recycling generate only 5% of the air and water pollution created by manufacturing the same products from raw materials.

Saves Money --- For most North Carolina municipalities, solid waste collection, transport and disposal are one of the largest items in the City budget and the costs escalate quickly.  Waste reduction through recycling minimizes the cost of these services and saves municipal tax dollars.  In addition, the marketing of glass, metal, paper, plastics and used motor oil generates revenue and creates jobs.