Residential Services

Recycling Collection

Recyclables are collected every-other-week on the same day as garbage and yard waste collection.  To find your collection day and recycling week, visit the GeoPortal system, enter your address in the search box, and then click on Trash and Recycling. If you already know your collection day and your recycling collection week (Orange or Green), you can refer to the 2018 Recycling Collection Calendar to stay up-to-date on your collection schedule.

How To Prepare Recyclables For Collection:

  • Rinse and remove all food/liquid residue from recyclable items.

  • Do not bag recyclables. Place recyclables loosely in the recycling cart. Do not overfill the recycling cart. The cart lid must be closed.

  • Plastic bags and plastic film (wrappers, produce bags, etc.) are not eligible for curbside collection. Take to grocery store that offers plastic film recycling.  

  • Tear cardboard into small pieces that will fit loosely into your cart. Please do not fold.

  • Place the recycling cart at the curb no sooner than the day before your scheduled collection day and no later than 6:00 am on collection day.

  • Place the recycling cart within six feet of the curb and at least three feet away from the garbage rollout cart, yard waste and bulky waste. Make sure it's also three feet away from obstacles such as mailboxes, phone poles, vehicles, etc. Please do not block sidewalks.

  • The recycling cart must be removed from the curb by midnight on the day of collection. A minimum $50 citation may be issued if you place the recycling cart out sooner than the day before your scheduled collection or leave it at the curb past midnight on your collection day.

Red Bin Recycling  

Solid Waste Services no longer collects recyclables from red bins or non-City issued containers. Using a 95-gallon, green, City-issued rollout cart is the only way to receive curbside recycling collection. If you do not have a rollout cart, contact CharMeck 311 (704.336.7600) to request a rollout cart. You may use your red bin in your home, just do not place them at the curb.  



Items Accepted For Recycling Collection<div class="ExternalClass5EBF80E2DA294F16A9998206CD4FF8BB"><p>​The following items are accepted in the Recycle it! Program:<br></p><ul><li>Aerosol cans </li><li>Aluminum containers</li><li>Bottle caps & lids </li><li>Cardboard </li><li>Glass bottles/jars </li><li>Juice boxes </li><li>Milk and juice cartons</li><li>Paper </li><li>Pizza boxes</li><li>Plastics 1-5 & 7 </li><li>Spiral paper cans </li><li>Steel/tin cans </li></ul><strong>Reminder:</strong> <strong>According to state law, plastic numbers 1 & 2 and aluminum should always be recycled and never discarded in the garbage.</strong> </div>
Items NOT Accepted For Recycling Collection<div class="ExternalClass793B49C229FE4EB08951C554F1F97A19"><span style="font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;"><p>​The following items are <strong>NOT</strong> accepted in the Recycle It! Program:</p><p> </p><ul><li>Appliances </li><li>Auto parts - <a href="/SWS/Pages/Recycling-center-locations.aspx">Accepted at Mecklenburg County's Full Service Recycling Centers.</a></li><li>Batteries - <a href="/SWS/Pages/Recycling-center-locations.aspx">Accepted at Mecklenburg County's Full Service Recycling Centers.</a></li><li>Bulky waste</li><li>Ceramics </li><li>Clothing or other textiles - Consider donating gently used clothing or other textiles. If items can't be donated, place bagged items in garbage cart.  </li><li>Construction debris -  <a href="">Seek businesses that accept recyclable construction debris.</a></li><li>Electronics - <a href="/SWS/Pages/Recycling-center-locations.aspx">Accepted at Mecklenburg County's Full Service Recycling Centers</a>. </li><li>Food wrappers/plastic film</li><li>Garbage</li><li>Hoses - Place bagged hoses in garbage cart. </li><li>Light bulbs </li><li>Mini blinds </li><li>Paper plates/cups/napkins </li><li>Plastics #6 </li><li>Plastic bags -<a href=""> Many stores (grocery, pharmacy, electronics) offer plastic bag recycling; some even give cash back for returning them to the store.​</a> </li><li>Plastic film - Such as plastic wrappers or produce bags. <a href="">Those items can be recycled by taking them to grocery, pharmacy or electronic stores that offer plastic film recycling.​</a> </li><li>Plastic food trays/cups/cutlery<br></li><li>Pots/pans - Consider donating pots/pans. </li><li>Shredded paper </li><li>Styrofoam </li><li>Tarps - Place in garbage cart or schedule for bulky waste collection. </li><li>Wire hangers - Take to dry cleaners.  </li><li>Yard waste - <a href="/SWS/ResidentServices/Pages/Yard-Waste-Collection.aspx">Place curbside on your collection day and properly prepare items for collection</a>.</li></ul><p><strong>Note:</strong> Appliances must be scheduled for bulky item collection and not placed in rollout carts. Batteries and light bulbs are household hazardous waste and may be taken to one of Mecklenburg County's <a href="/SWS/Pages/Recycling-center-locations.aspx">Full-Service Recycling Centers</a>. Electronics may also be taken to a full-service recycling center. All other non-recyclables listed above may be disposed of in your garbage rollout cart.</p><p> <br></p></span></div>
Recycle it! Resources<div class="ExternalClassEC5C29332A884195B3778D1B20D6C577"><ul><li>​<a href="/SWS/Pages/Recycling-center-locations.aspx"><strong><font color="#0066cc"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Recycling Center Locations</span></font></strong></a></li><li><a href=""><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Recycle it! Video</font></span></strong></a><br></li></ul><p> <br><strong>For more information on recycling in Mecklenburg County, visit <a href="">The Mecklenburg County ​Solid Waste website​</a>.</strong></p></div>
Business Recycling<div class="ExternalClass20B26D8F9C344777996098EB5969E4C5"><p>​Mecklenburg County's <em>Wipe Out Waste Ambassador Program</em> is designed to recognize and reward Mecklenburg County businesses committed to building a stronger community through waste reduction and recycling measures. Additionally, the Ambassador program is committed to providing opportunities for members to learn and network with like-minded businesses. The Ambassador program has a diverse membership of over 200 organizations, ranging from small family-owned businesses to large Fortune 500 companies. The program is free to join and open to all businesses in Mecklenburg County. <a href="">For additional information about the Ambassador Program.</a></p><p><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;">Looking for a free place to recycle? Mecklenburg County Solid Waste provides over 50 recycling drop-off center locations that can be used by both residents and businesses. These recycling centers are free to use, available 24 hours a day and accept the same recyclable materials as the County’s residential recycling program. </span><a href="">To learn more about the program, orto find the recycling center nearest you​.​</a>​​​<br></p><p>Interested in starting a recycling program at work? Mecklenburg County's Business Recycling Programs can help. <a href="">Go to wipeoutwaste for additional information about recycling in Mecklenburg County.</a></p></div>