Recycling Program Changes
For many years, the City has had a successful recycling program and has encouraged residents and businesses to recycle most items. However, the recycling business is facing changes as the market for certain recyclables has changed.
To avoid costly fees from the County recycling processor and to help maximize our recycling efforts, as of January 1, 2018, the City now only collects the following items:
- Plastics 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 7 (clean)
- Aluminum and metal cans (clean)
- Glass of all colors
- Cardboard food & beverage containers (free from food waste)
- Cardboard boxes (flattened)
- Mixed, unshredded paper (i.e. junk mail and office paper)
- Newspapers and magazines
No other items will be collected by the City for recycling. Should any unaccepted items be placed in the recycling container, your recycling may not be collected.
Unaccepted items include, but are not limited to shredded paper, plastic bags, Christmas lights, needles, clothing, Styrofoam™, mirrors, ceramics, appliances, batteries, auto parts, cooking pots & pans, light bulbs, mini blinds, yard waste, bulk waste, household garbage.
Should you have questions about these changes to the City's recycling service, please call the Sanitation Department at 910 938-5338.
Plastic Bags & Recyclables
To help us serve you better, please do not place recyclables in plastic garbage or grocery bags. We do not collect plastic bags for recycling. To recycle your plastic grocery bags, take them to a grocery store that collects them for recycling.
Additional Recycling Resources
Locate recycling facilities anywhere you travel for free, 24 hours a day by calling 800-CLEANUP or 800 253-2687.
The NC Division of Environmental Assistance & Customer Service (DEACS) provides a Recycling Markets Directory with listings for numerous recycling businesses that can handle most any recyclable and reusable item, including pallets, textiles, food, furniture, paper, bottles, cans, and more. Click here for the Recycling Markets Directory.