Recycling

Recycling is provided for residential customers as part of solid waste services. One red recycling bin is provided to each residence at no charge. Recyclable material is collected by city crews on trucks identified with the red recycling sign. 

PLEASE NOTE: The recycling symbol on an item does not automatically mean the City can accept it. What we accept is based on the end-user market in our area. Currently the following items are collected:

  • Steel and aluminum cans,
  • Glass bottles and jars 
  • #1-#7 plastics (milk, soft drink, detergent bottles, etc.)
  • Newspapers and inserts, magazines, white paper, phone books.
  • Cardboard (cereal, moving boxes, etc.) -- NO PIZZA BOXES

Recycling is picked up on your regular garbage collection day – RAIN OR SHINE (nothing in your bin will be destroyed by rainwater).  Bins must be placed behind the curb before 7:00 a.m. to insure collection.  Place three feet or more from your garbage can.  If your bin is missed please call 399.2485 to let us know.  Recycling reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills, saves on natural resources (including energy, water, minerals and trees), and helps reduce pollution. Recycling is good for the environment and for everyone!

Overflow

If you routinely fill your bin, you may choose to do any of the following:

  • Purchase another city bin ($7). Call 399.2485 for more information.
  • Bag your overflow and place it on top of the recycling bin.

Damaged Bin

If your recycling bin is damaged beyond use, please call 399.2485 to request a replacement. 

What Happens to our Recyclables?

Where do they go?

  1. You place your bin at the street.
  2. City crews pick up recyclables and take them to a Transfer Station.
  3. Materials are loaded on tractor trailers and transported to ECVC (East Carolina Vocational Center) in Greenville.
  4. ECVC staff sorts recyclables.
  5. Items are marketed to recyclers who then “melt” the products into usable materials.
  6. Usable materials are put back into use by manufacturers.
  7. The cycle continues…

What do our recyclables become?

  • phonebooksRecycled newspapers and magazines are used to make cellulose insulation, recycled paper, animal bedding, fiberboard, molded pulp products, telephone books, etc.
  • Steel cans are melted into new steel cans, “re-bars” (to reinforce concrete), and car parts.
  • Aluminum cans are made into new aluminum cans, and other products such as foil and car parts.
  • Plastic drink bottles (PET #1) become carpet, clothing, fiberfill insulation, boat hulls, office binders, and flotation devices.
  • Milk jugs (HDPE #2) become plastic lumber, fencing, plastic sheeting/drop cloths, milkjugsmarine pilings, plastic bricks and also in manufacturing railway ties.
  • Glass containers are recycled into new glass containers, highway markings, sandblasting sand and fiberglass, construction materials, or as an aggregate in road and sidewalk projects.