Recycle right. Recycle more. Recycle often
Raleigh recycles! Here are ways you can help divert waste from the landfill and protect our environment:
Residential Curbside Recycling
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?
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.
- Pizza Boxes – remove all food and paper liners.
- 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.
- Shredded Paper - place shredded paper inside a brown paper bag (not plastic), staple it closed and mark "shredded paper".
- Paperboard Boxes and Tubes - remove any linings (like cereal boxes) or attached paper (tubes) and flatten boxes
- Spiral Paper Cans - no special attention needed. Commonly used for nuts, refrigerated dough and potato chips.
- Aseptic Boxes - remove any straw and flatten box. Sometimes called juice boxes, they are also used for wine, milk, and soup.
- Gable top cartons – lightly rinse, remove and discard caps. Cartons commonly hold milk, juice, or laundry detergent.
- 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 $48 or a 65-gallon cart for $42. 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.
Textile Recycling (Residential Curbside)
Textile Recycling (Residential Curbside):
The City of Raleigh offers free curbside textile recycling for single family residential customers. The pilot program began Feb. 20, 2018, and is operated by Simple Recycling
The service is meant to collect unwanted clothing, shoes, and accessories that otherwise would be thrown in the trash. Curbside textile recycling is available to Raleigh single family residential customers.
Estimates are that only 15 percent of textiles are recycled, while 85 percent of textiles are thrown into the trash and end up in our landfills.
How does curbside textile recycling work?
The City is partnering with Simple Recycling to offer this service free of charge. Raleigh single family residential Solid Waste customers receive Simple Recycling orange bags in the mail. Fill the orange bags with clothing, shoes, and other textiles and set them at the curb next to – not in – your blue recycling cart by 7 a.m. on your regularly scheduled recycling day. Simple Recycling drivers will pick up your full bag and leave you a replacement bag tied to your blue recycling cart handle.
Needs Assistance customers must call Simple Recycling at least 24 hours ahead of their regularly scheduled recycling day to schedule a textile pick-up: 866-835-5068.
Need more information or supplies? Need more orange bags? Have questions about what items are accepted? Need to report a missed pick-up? Contact Simple Recycling by calling 866-835-5068.
The City Encourages Continued Donations to Nonprofits:
Simple Recycling is a for-profit company. Residents are encouraged to continue donating clothing and other items to the nonprofits of their choice. The purpose of the curbside textile recycling pilot program is to provide a convenient curbside option for recycling textiles that would otherwise be thrown into the trash. The City of Raleigh encourages those who donate items to charity to continue doing so.
Clothing Charities in Raleigh:
Visit this Clothing Charities in Raleigh list for non-profit organizations that provide textiles (clothing), or use proceeds from sales of clothing to fund their programming. These organizations accept gently used clothing and shoes, and have tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Please note this list is not actively maintained. If your organization accepts gently used clothing and shoes, is a 501(c)(3), and would like to be added to the list, please contact Amanda Astor at 919-996-6973.
Reach Simple Recycling by calling 866-835-5068 or visiting the Simple Recycling site.
Acceptable Items: (All items must be clean and dry.)
- Coats / Jackets
- Shoes, boots, sandals
- Fabric accessories including purses, backpacks
- Hats, Gloves, Socks, Undergarments
- Stuffed animals
Items Not Accepted:
- Traditional Recyclables (Glass, Paper, Plastic)
- Household hazardous waste
- Gas powered equipment
- Kitchen appliances
Q: Who can participate in this textile-recycling program?
A: City of Raleigh single-family curbside residential recycling customers who receive curbside waste pickup from the City of Raleigh are eligible. Raleigh Needs Assistance customers are also eligible and must call Simple Recycling at least 24 hours ahead of their regularly scheduled recycling day to schedule a textile pick-up: 866-835-5068.
Q: What happens to the collected clothing and textiles?
A: Simple Recycling vans pick up your orange bags from the curb and take them to their facility for processing. All of the materials are graded and sorted based upon quality and condition. The top quality materials are resold to thrift outlets, mid grade items are exported to international markets, and “unusable” items are processed for raw materials.
Q: If I have more stuff than can fit in the orange bag, what do I do?
A: Simple Recycling will mail you additional bags. To request additional bags, please call Simple Recycling: 866-835-5068, or visit their website (www.SimpleRecycling.com) and complete a request form. For collection of materials other than textiles, please visit www.raleighnc.gov/recycling.
Q: How can I get more bags?
A: To request additional bags, please call Simple Recycling: 866-835-5068, or visit their website (www.SimpleRecycling.com) and complete a request form.
Q: Can I put the orange bags in the blue cart with my other recycling?
A: No, the orange bag filled with clothing and textile discards must be set out separately next to your trash and recycling carts on your regularly scheduled recycling pick up day by 7 a.m.
Q: What day will Simple Recycling pick up my orange bag?
A: Simple Recycling trucks will pick up your orange bag on the same day as your regularly scheduled recycling pick up. Place orange bags next to your blue recycling bin by 7 a.m. that day. Find your regular recycling pick-up day.
Q: Is the City Solid Waste trash or recycling truck going to pick up my orange bag?
A: No, a separate Simple Recycling truck will pick up your orange bag.
Q: Does Simple Recycling take furniture and household appliances?
A: No, Simple Recycling will not accept furniture or household appliances as part of this program. If items are still usable, you can contact a local charity to make a donation. For collection of materials other than textiles, please visit our Recycling page.
Q: Does Simple Recycling have a limit on how much stuff they will take?
A: No, as long as items are on the list of accepted items, clean and dry, and placed within the orange bags at the curb by 7 a.m. on your regular recycling day, Simple Recycling will pick them up.
Q: Can Simple Recycling give me a tax receipt?
A: No, Simple Recycling is a for-profit organization. The City encourages residents to continue to donate to their gently used clothing and textiles to their preferred non-profits and charities when possible. The City is partnering with Simple Recycling to offer this service in order to reduce the large amount of clothing and textiles that end up in the landfill each year. If you would prefer to donate your items to a charity and receive a tax receipt, Wake Network of Care can help connect you with a charity clothing donation program. This list also provides a starting point.
Q: Is Simple Recycling a non-profit?
A: No, Simple Recycling is a for-profit recycling business with a mission to offer residents a simple and easy way to keep usable textile materials out of the landfill.
Need more bags? Have questions about what items are accepted? Need to report a missed pick-up? Contact Simple Recycling. Call 866-835-5068 or visit the Simple Recycling website.
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, Carbarrus 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 $48 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 - Saturday 7 am - 4:00 pm
- Accepts: yard waste, recyclable materials, electronics, scrap metal, rigid plastics
- 2420 Raleigh Boulevard - 27604
- Where: Habitat Wake ReStore
- Hours: M-F 10am - 6 pm; Sat 9 am - 5 pm
- Accepts: recyclable materials
- 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.
Recycling Block Leaders
We always need more help in encouraging participation in our recycling programs, bringing awareness to the importance of waste reduction, teaching others how to compost at home and staffing tables at festivals and events.
Our Raleigh Recycling Block Leader group is a loose group allowing you to decide your level of time commitment. Once you sign up and join the Recycling Block Leader email distribution list you can to do as little as forward emails to your neighbors and friends, on up to making your neighborhood your own "project" and distributing information and containers we provide.
Interested? Contact our Communications Manager.
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.