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Residential Curbside Recycling Business Recycling Multi-Family Recycling (Apartments/Condos) Recycling Drop Off Centers Did You Know?

Raleigh recycles! You can help divert waste from the landfill and protect our environment through our recycling programs for residences, businesses, apartments and condos.

Residential Curbside Recycling

The City of Raleigh provides bi-weekly curbside recycling to single-family residential customers. Simply place accepted recyclables in the blue recycling cart provided by the City and put the cart at the curb by 7 a.m. on your designated collection day.

TOP TIP: No plastic bags go in the recycle cart!

What is my recycling pick-up day?

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What items can I recycle?

  • Bottles - rinse and screw caps back on.
  • Metal Cans - lightly rinse and place lids inside the can for safety.
  • Clamshells - rinse. These clear containers are marked "1" or "PETE” are commonly used for berries or baked goods.
  • Tubs - rinse and discard lids. Round and flexible, tubs are commonly used to hold margarine, yogurt and sour cream.
  • Corrugated Cardboard - remove all packing material, flatten completely, and reduce to pieces no larger than 3' x 3' in size.
  • Paper – remove paper clips; staples are okay. Acceptable paper includes junk mail, envelopes (including window envelopes), copy and fax paper.
  • Newspapers, Magazines, Catalogs and Paperback Books – remove from plastic bags or sleeves.
  • Paperboard Boxes and Tubes - remove any linings (like cereal boxes) or attached paper (tubes) and flatten boxes
  • Aseptic Boxes and Gable Top Cartons - remove straw and flatten box. Sometimes called juice boxes, these are also used for wine, milk, and soup. Cartons commonly hold milk, juice, or laundry detergent. Lightly rinse.
  • Aluminum Foil and Food Trays - remove all food residue. Foil with food residue must go in the trash.

How do I prepare items for the recycle cart?

  • You can help collection crews by preparing the recyclable materials before putting them in your recycling container. General guidelines include:
    • Place materials in cart loosely, never in plastic bags.
    • Lightly rinse jars, bottles, and tubs.
    • Close lids on recycle carts to avoid littering.

How do I get Recycling Containers?

The City of Raleigh provides all single-family households with a complimentary recycling cart. Residents should call 919-996-3245 to establish City services – water service along with garbage and recycling pick-up. The Solid Waste Services Department will deliver a 95-gallon recycling cart to your residence.

Additional carts may be purchased by calling 919-996-3245. You may request a 95-gallon cart for $50 or a 65-gallon cart for $48. The additional cart will be delivered to your residence and you will be billed in your next City services utility bill.

Here are the dimensions of the two recycling cart options:

  • 95-gallon cart: 45.13” H x 28.7” W x 33.73” D
  • 65-gallon cart; 40.50” H x 26.7” W x 28.11” D

Can I get a Smaller Recycling Container?

Yes. If you do not need a 95-gallon cart as your primary recycling container, you may request a smaller, 65-gallon cart instead. Please call 919-996-3245 to request a smaller cart. The Solid Waste Services Department will pick up your larger cart and replace it with the smaller container.

Before you make the call for a smaller recycling cart, please remember that recycling collection is every other week, not weekly. Also consider that there may be times, such as around the holiday season, that you’ll need the extra room offered by the 95-gallon cart.

Business Recycling

Business Recycling: 

The Solid Waste Services Department offers recycling pick-up for businesses in the Central Business District, defined as the area bounded by Peace Street to the north, Blount Street to the east, Cabarrus Street to the south and West Street to the west. Business recycling customers include more than 130 restaurants, bars, stores, and small companies.

Want to sign up for business recycling services?

Call 919-996-3245 to learn whether your business qualifies for City recycling services. A Solid Waste Services Department code enforcement officer will visit your site for an assessment. If your site qualifies, the officer will assist you with setting up service and billing.

How much does it cost?

Business recycling customers must purchase recycling carts from the City and are also responsible for monthly collection fees.

  • 95-gallon blue recycling carts cost of $50 each and business customers are limited to two recycling carts.
  • Collection fees vary depending on the number of days per week recycling is collected. The fee options are below.


 Monthly Fees for Garbage and Recycling Collection

  • One day per week garbage and recycling collection: $15.55 per month
  • Six days (Mon – Sat) per week garbage and recycling: $93.30 per month
  • Seven days per week garbage and recycling: $108.85 per month


 Downtown Business Collection Schedule

Central Business District customers with evening recycling pick-up should place recycling carts at the curb between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Customers with morning recycling pick-up should set out recycling carts between 2 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. All recycling carts – both empty and those that have not been collected – must be removed from the curb by 9:30 a.m.

Multi-Family Recycling (Apartments/Condos)

Multi-Family Recycling (Apartments/Condos):

The City of Raleigh Solid Waste Services Department will implement a new multi-family recycling program in 2018 to increase disposal options at multi-family communities. This includes replacing all of the igloos and roll out carts currently used with recycling cabinets or 8-yard dumpsters. Dumpsters will be placed in most communities to maximize efficiency of collection. Cabinets will be installed in complexes that don’t have space for dumpsters.

Complex managers will receive free educational cards and posters to share with their residents. We also offer email newsletters exclusively for managers and can provide fun activities for food truck nights and other community events. Best of all - there are no additional fees for the new and improved service!

If no recycling facilities exist at your apartment community, speak with your complex manager and ask them to contact us. While we love hearing from residents, we must speak directly with the complex manager about their interest in joining Raleigh's recycling program. Communities must be within the city limits of Raleigh.

To learn more about our multifamily improvements and how to get started, complex managers should contact our Environmental Coordinator.

Recycling Drop Off Centers

Recycling Drop Off Centers:

With the cooperation of local property owners and several city departments, the Solid Waste Services Department provides recycling drop off centers at various locations throughout Raleigh. These centers, which are for Raleigh residents and small businesses, only accept recyclable materials. 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.

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.

Drop Off Center Location and Hours:

  • 2405 Wade Avenue - 27607
    • Where: Jaycee Park - located near the softball fields
    • Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week
    • Accepts: recyclable materials
  • 900 N. New Hope Road - 27610
    • Where: Raleigh Yard Waste Center
    • Hours: Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm, Saturday 7:00 am -1:00 pm
    • Accepts: yard waste, recyclable materials, electronics, scrap metal, rigid plastics

Allowed Items:

  • 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.

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.

Did You Know?

Mothballs contain toxic properties that can be harmful and should only be disposed at Wake County's Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Avoid using them by protecting clothes in closed bags or try cinnamon sticks, bay leaves or whole cloves wrapped in cheesecloth.



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