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Mixed Recycling

The Collection Centers and Solid Waste & Recycling Main Facility accept most recyclables together in the Mixed Recycling- aluminum cans, steel cans, cardboard, paper, and plastic bottles tubs, jugs, and jars. Glass bottles and jars are accepted separately for recycling.

These recycling rules are for the Collection Centers. If you have curbside pickup, that service is provided by a private hauler. However, you should follow all of the same rules, expect you would put your glass bottles and jars in your recycling bin as well. There is no need to separate glass bottles and jars at the curb.

You can also download a flyer version of the information found below. 

Items Accepted in the Mixed Recycling

      Accepted Aluminum Can

Aluminum Cans

   Clean & Empty

 Accepted Steel Cans

Steel Cans

 Clean & Empty

Accepted Cardboard Flatten

Cardboard Boxes    

                         Flatten       

 
        

 Accepted Junk Mail Accepted MagazinesAccepted Mixed PaperboardAccepted Newspapers

         Junk Mail                      Magazines                  Paperboard Boxes                 Newspaper

No paper smaller than a business card. No shredded paper.

    Accepted Office Paper   Accepted Paperback Books        Accepted Toilet Paper Roll            Accepted Cartons

      Office Paper                   Paperback Books                Paper Rolls                          Cartons

No paper smaller than a business card. No shredded paper.

accepted plastic beverage bottlesAccepted Plastic Laundry Bottle
 Accepted Plastic Milk JugAccepted Plastic Jarunaccepted plastic tubs

Plastic Bottles, Jugs, Jars, and Tubs

     Plastic bottles, jugs, and jars have a neck smaller than the base. 
Plastic tubs have a plastic lid you can put back on.

Clean & Empty

When in doubt, throw it out!

If an item it NOT listed above, then do not put it in your recycling bin. And NEVER put your recyclables in a bag. Recyclables should always be loose. 

Glass Recycling 

At the Collection Centers and Main Facility we have a separate recycling program for glass bottles and jars. When glass is collected along with other recyclables, it is harder to recycle the glass. Keeping the glass separate makes it easier to be recycled and increases its value.

If you have curbside pickup, that is provided by a private hauler. However, you should follow all of the same rules, expect you would put your glass bottles and jars in your recycling bin as well. There is no need to separate glass bottles and jars at the curb.

Mixed Glass Bottles and Jars

 

Only glass bottles and jars can be put in the Glass Recycling.

Bottles and jars should be clean and empty.

No caps, lids, or corks. 

Glass recycling is only for bottles and jars; it is not for everything made of glass. No windows, windshields, light bulbs, cooking dishes, etc. 

 

How do I Dispose of Logo

 

Visit our online disposal guide for details on how to dispose of these and many other items. If you do not see guidance for your item on the "How Do I Dispose of…" guide, contact the Main Office Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm at (919) 542-5516 or email us anytime at recycle@chathamnc.org 

Are you looking for someone to talk about recycling, waste management, or waste reduction efforts? Or just want to learn more about programs and services offered? Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling is able to offer a variety of educational opportunities anywhere in the county. We have presentations, activities, and lessons available for all ages and types of audiences! Learn more at www.chathamnc.org/education

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions about decals, the solid waste fee, or Collection Centers, visit the frequently asked questions.

If you have any questions please contact Shannon Culpepper, Recycling and Education Specialist at shannon.culpepper@chathamnc.org or 919-545-7874.

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