Places to Drop Off Recycling

For Raleigh residents and small businesses

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Drop-Off Sites Recyclable Materials Prohibited Items

The Solid Waste Services Department provides several recycling drop-off centers for Raleigh residents and small businesses to drop off recyclable materials for free.

Drop-Off Sites

Site Name Address Hours Items Accepted 
Raleigh Yard Waste Center900 N. New Hope Road - 27610Monday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.Yard waste, recyclable materials, electronics, scrap metal, rigid plastics
Wake County Convenience Centers
(11 sites throughout the county) 
Multiple locationsDaily from 7 a.m.–7 p.m.Recyclable materials, food waste, and more. Learn more

Recyclable Materials

  • Metal food and drink cans, trays and clean foil
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Gable top cartons and drink boxes
  • Magazines, catalogs, paperback books and telephone books
  • Corrugated cardboard (flatten and remove packing materials)
  • White and colored paper
  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Paperboard, boxes, tubes and spiral cans
  • Plastic bottles, tubs and clamshells*

*No #6 plastics. Clamshells should be clear, empty and marked "#1 PETE."

Please do not bag materials. They should be deposited loose in the containers provided.


None. This is a free service. 

Prohibited Items

Do not leave any garbage, trash or yard waste at the drop-off centers

These items can potentially contaminate the recyclable materials. Additionally, the disposal of unauthorized items adds considerable expense to the program and puts the recycling drop off center at risk of being dropped from the program. Garbage and trash may be taken to one of Wake County's Convenience Centers. Yard waste may be taken to the city's Yard Waste Center. Aluminum cans and plastic bottles (except motor oil and pesticide bottles) are banned from disposal in all NC landfills. Corrugated cardboard is subject to Wake County fines if disposed of in the Wake County landfill.

Interested in Hosting a Recycling Drop-Off Site?

Businesses, churches and property owners interested in hosting a drop off center may contact Solid Waste Services at 919-996-3245 to discuss hosting options.



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