Recycle Today is now a division of the Office of Sustainability. Find out more about the Office and its other divisions on the Office of Sustainability home page.
What can be recycled and what is not allowed? See the list!
Will *YOU* make a promise to Rethink Recycling? Recycle Often. Recycle RightSM (RORR). Come back to the basics of recycling. By increasing the amount of paper, cans, and bottles that go into the recycling cart and decreasing contamination (items that cannot be recycled), we can make a huge difference.
Thank You for Recycling 12,721 Tons in FY 17-18 (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018)
- Paper Products 7,110 tons
- Plastic Bottles. 824 tons
- Glass Jars/Bottles 4,406 tons
- Aluminum/Steel Cans 381 tons
Questions about recycling?
Do you know of a group that has questions about recycling or wants to learn more about it? You can set up a presentation with the Recycle Today Coordinator, Derek Owens. Email or call at 336-747-6970.
Other helpful information
Learn more about rollout recycling - you can find guidelines for using your recycling cart with the automated collection trucks, benefits of it, about why you can't put plastic bags in your blue bins, and other useful information.
Did You Know?
Through RECONNECT, a new electronics recycling program, you can recycle unwanted computers, printers, and monitors. It's easy and free through a Dell, Inc. and Goodwill Industries partnership. Simply take your equipment to any Goodwill store or donation center. All brands and conditions of equipment are accepted.
In addition, depending on the location and quantity of equipment, Goodwill can schedule pickups of commercial donations. For more information, contact Goodwill of Northwest North Carolina at 336-724-3625, ext. 259, or visit online at Goodwill North Carolina or Reconnect Partnership. It's easy!
It's Illegal to Remove Materials from Recycling Carts
It is unlawful for any person to remove any recyclable materials from any recycling collection container. The violator of City Code 26-10(k) is subject to a $100 civil penalty, which may be collected by the city as a debt.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Do your part to reduce waste in our community by practicing the 3 Rs!
Reduce - to prevent waste before it's created. The best way to reduce trash is to make less trash in the first place!
Reuse - using products over again in their current form for the same purpose or another use. People sometimes mistakenly think that they are recycling something when they are actually reusing it. Think in terms of whether the item can be used beyond its original intent before tossing it in the trash.
Recycle - making something old into something new. Recycling is the process of collecting used materials and manufacturing them into new products. Also, recycling can go beyond what you put into a recycling container. You can recycle grass clippings and food waste by starting a compost bin.
Recycling is a three-way, closed-loop process in which you, the consumer, begin and complete:
- Collection - involves separating good, used materials from general trash and placing them in a curbside recycling bin or taking them to a drop-off center.
- Manufacturing- used materials are processed and made into new products, thus saving raw virgin materials.
- Purchasing (Closing the Loop) - buying products made from recycled materials. Recycled content products must have a market in order for recycling to succeed!
- Available products include appliances, carpet, clothing, jewelry, home furnishings, gardening and yard supplies, office equipment and supplies, packaging and shipping products, furniture, toys and gifts, school supplies, playground equipment, building and construction materials, and many other products.
- Look for and buy products made from post-consumer content. Post-consumer content means that the product contains materials that have served their intended use and have been recycled by consumers or businesses. If you are not buying recycled products, you are not truly recycling!
- Understanding the 3 Rs is one thing, but putting them to work is quite another! The good news is that it only takes a small amount of time and effort in our daily lives to practice them. Waste reduction and recycling are good habits that we all need!