Cars, Car Parts and Motor Oil Clothes, Shoes, Hangers and Child/Baby Items Electronic Recycling Cooking Oil & Grease Dead Animals Household, Personal Care and Miscellaneous Items Household Hazardous Waste (paint, batteries, chemicals, light bulbs, etc.) Mail (Junk and Direct) Medicines Metals (aluminum, copper, brass, steel) Paper and Documents Phone Books Plastics and Packing Materials Didn't Find What You Were Looking For?
Cars, Car Parts and Motor Oil
Junk Cars are accepted at Kars4kids, Raleigh Metals Processors, and TT&E.
Cars (running or fixable) are accepted at the National Kidney Foundation and Wheels4Hope.
Tires are accepted at the Wake Multi-Materials Facility.
Clothes, Shoes, Hangers and Child/Baby Items
Car Seats, Toys and Strollers (all in good condition) are accepted at the Wake Multi-Materials Facility.
Sneakers only, no other shoes, are accepted at select Nike stores.
Clothing and Shoes are accepted at the Wake County Convenience Centers as well as most charity organizations and thrift shops will accept for resale/reuse.
Plastic hangers are accepted at the City of Raleigh Yard Waste Recycling Drop Off Center. Look for the roll-off container labeled "Rigid Plastics." Many dry cleaners will accept clothes hangers for reuse. Metal hangers may be recycled in the scrap-metal bins at all Wake County Convenience Centers.
Electronics is considered any household item with a plug. Common e-waste includes computer equipment, monitors, TVs, telephones, stereos, video players, game consoles and small appliances.
Residents may take electronics to the City's Yard Waste Center at 900 N. New Hope Road or call Solid Waste Services customer care at 919-996-3245, to schedule a pickup.
Electronics are collected every Monday and taken to Wake County e-waste recycling drop off facility at:
- North Wake Multi-Material Recycling Facility
9029 Deponie Drive, Raleigh, NC 27614
Open to residents and businesses
Monday–Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cooking Oil & Grease
The City of Raleigh runs an annual program to collect cooking oil and grease at the curbside helping to prevent sewer overflows.
From Nov. 1 through Jan. 15, Raleigh residents are able to recycle these products by calling Solid Waste Services at 919-996-3245 to set up a collection date. Once the appointment date is set, residents put the cooking oil and grease on the curb along with their garbage, recycling and yard waste.
Churches and synagogues in Raleigh can also participate in the program at no charge.
Commercial establishments in Raleigh are not eligible for the service.
- A minimum of 1 gallon of cooking oil is required to set up a collection date
- Only animal grease and vegetable cooking oil can be collected curbside
- Residents must place cooled cooking oil in a plastic bottle or jug and write "Cooking Oil" on the outside of the container
- Cooled grease can be placed in a coffee can with a lid
- No glass containers are collected
- Motor oil and other petroleum products are not acceptable
The goal of the program is to protect the environment by keeping cooking oil and grease out of the City's sewer system and to prevent sewer overflows. The collected cooking oil and grease is converted to bio-fuels, a renewable source of energy used to power vehicles, heat homes and cook food. The holiday season typically generates a high amount of grease from holiday gatherings.
The program is a joint effort of the City of Raleigh's Public Utilities, Solid Waste Services and Communications departments and Key Energy. Based in Pittsboro, Key Energy is a recycling company that will turn the City's used cooking oil into biodiesel fuel.
When seasonal grease collection is over, recycle your cooking oil and grease at a Wake County Multi-Material Facility.
Solid Waste Services will collect a dead animal that has been placed at the curbside. Residents may put the animal in a bag or a box if desired. Please do not place a dead animal in the garbage cart or recycling bin.
Call Customer Services at 919-996-3245 (7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday) to arrange for collection of a dead animal prior to placing it at the curbside or to report a dead animal in the public right of way or on a city street. After hours and weekends, call 919-996-3245 report a dead animal in the street.
Please ensure your pets have proper identification in either a collar and tag or chip implant. Solid Waste Services attempts to contact owners of animals with identification. Owners may claim the remains or collar if still available.
Household, Personal Care and Miscellaneous Items
Ceiling Tiles are accepted at Armstrong Ceiling Tiles.
Construction waste is accepted at Material Reclamation, LLC or Habitat for Humanity.
Eyeglasses are accepted at most eye vision stores for the Give the Gift of Sight organization.
Furniture is accepted by The Green Chair Project, charity organizations and thrift shops.
Makeup packaging is accepted at the Wilders Grove Solid Waste Services Facility at 630 Beacon Lake Drive.
Mercury thermometers and thermostats are accepted at Wake Household Hazardous Waste Facilities.
Household Hazardous Waste (paint, batteries, chemicals, light bulbs, etc.)
Wake County operates collection centers on a year-round basis for all Wake County residents to drop off hazardous materials. More about Wake's Centers (locations, times, acceptable items)
- Toxic - can cause injury or death if swallowed, absorbed, or inhaled
- Flammable - can be ignited by a flame, spark, ignition source or hot surface under almost all temperature conditions
- Corrosive - a chemical or its vapors that can burn or destroy living tissues at the site of contact, and deteriorate or wear away the surface of a material
- Explosive - violently bursting when exposed to pressure or heat
Examples of materials accepted include:
Acids, Bases, Batteries, Fire extinguishers (dry chemical), Fluorescent light bulbs, Household cleaners, Kerosene, Mercury thermometers, Pesticides, Pool chemicals, Propane tanks, Paints, stains and thinners; and,
When making purchases of these types of products, read the labels and choose the one with the least amount of toxicity, and buy only the amount you need.
Rechargeable (NiCad) batteries can be dropped off at the Solid Waste Services Office at 630 Beacon Lake Drive in Raleigh. You may call 1-800-8BATTERY for other drop-off locations.
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs can be dropped off at Home Depot and Lowe's Home Improvement stores.
Mail (Junk and Direct)
Most people call direct mail by a much more familiar term - "junk mail". Usually it's the mail we don't want to receive. Maybe you'd like to get your name off the lists that generate most of the direct mail you receive? There is a way.
Most of the mass mailings sent through the mail are generated from mailing lists purchased from large distributors. Just by dropping a postcard in the mail to a few of the largest mailing list distributors, you can eliminate a good percentage of the unwanted direct mail you now receive.
While you're waiting for them to remove your name from the list, please continue to recycle your white paper direct mail in our recycling programs. Please be sure to open any junk mail and remove any colored paper, stamps or product samples before placing in the recycling bin.
To greatly reduce the amount of unsolicited mail you receive, including catalogs, credit card offers and more, try one or more of online services listed below. This may not eliminate all of the direct mail you now receive, but it will put a big dent in it. Search "reduce junk mail" in any search engine to get more ideas.
Medicine Take-Back Programs
Medicine take-back programs are the best way to dispose of expired, unwanted, or unused medicines. They reduce the chance that others may accidentally take the medicine. The Community Engagement Division and the Raleigh Police Department periodically coordinate with the Drug Enforcement Administration to hold special collection days for these drugs. Some pharmacies also have take back programs, ask your pharmacist.
Disposal in Household Trash
If no take-back program is available and there are no collection events coming up and you can follow these simple steps to dispose of most medicines in the household trash:
- Do not flush prescription drugs down the toilet as trace amounts may eventually end up in our water supply;
- Take medicines out of their original containers and mix them with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter. The medication will be less appealing to children and pets, and unrecognizable to people who may intentionally go through your trash;
- Place the mixture in a sealed plastic bag, empty can or other container to prevent the medication from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag; and,
- Before throwing out a medicine container, scratch out all identifying information on prescription labels to make it unreadable. This will help protect your identity and the privacy of your personal health information.
Metals (aluminum, copper, brass, steel)
Aluminum, Copper, Brass is accepted at Wise Recycling, Raleigh Metals Processors, and TT&E.
Aluminum Siding and Steel is accepted at the Wake Multi-Materials Facility and Raleigh Metals Processors. Steel is also accepted at TT&E.
Paper and Documents
What to Shred?
- Documents with personal information such as your social security number
- Documents with personal information about your medical history
- Documents with your credit card information or credit scores
- Junk mail for credit card offers should be shredded
What not to Shred?
- Cash receipts do not require shredding
- Do not include items such as phone books, file folders and binders
- Most junk mail does not need to be shredded!
Shredding is great for protecting your sensitive documents and your identity but shredding should not be used for non-sensitive documents. In addition to shredding, you can opt out of junk mail.
The City hosts shredding events twice a year. Other events across the area posted by North Carolina's Attorney General's Office. You may also send an email request directly to email@example.com and ask to be put on their list.
If you use a paper shredder at home consider composting the shredded paper in your backyard. When added to your food waste, the shredded paper is the perfect carbon source!
Telephone books and other directories can be included in your curbside recycling container to be recycled. Even though the paper in telephone books has been recycled many times already and it no longer can be made into a paper product, they will be separated out at our contractor's sorting facility to be recycled into other products such as animal bedding or insulation. When recycling the books, please remember to remove them from any bags. Deposit only the books themselves into the recycling container.
Wake County Convenience Centers have collections boxes available year round for Wake County residences.
Better yet, opt out! Waste reduction is more important than recycling! Visit the Eco Yellow Pages or Yellow Pages Opt Out web sites and learn how to opt out of your current scheduled delivery of paper phone books while still maintaining your ability to find local businesses, services, and individuals.
Plastics and Packing Materials
#5 Plastic Containers may be recycled in the Gimme 5 bins at some Whole Foods stores.
Grocery bags are accepted at most grocery stores (along with paper bags).
Plastic bags including grocery bags, wrap from paper products and dry cleaning bags, may be recycled at most grocery stores. Visit WRAP to find drop-off locations and examples of acceptable products.
Packaging Peanuts may be dropped off at some shipping stores for reuse. Call stores for details.
Polystyrene blocks may be recycled at select businesses. Visit EPS Industry Alliance for drop-off locations or mail-back information.
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