Winston-Salem recycling support varies from city to city. For those that live in our local community, Winston-Salem, NC, here’s a list of things you should recycle. Anything not on this list should not be recycled at this time unless taken to a specific facility. These exceptions are outlined below.
Note: this article was most recently updated in Fall 2016. Please check here if you want the most current details.
List Of Things You Can Recycle via Curbside Pickup in Winston-Salem
- Glass Bottles & Jars – green, brown and clear only (no caps)
- Corrugated Cardboard – flattened and no larger that 3×3 feet (larger cardboard boxes may be taken to collection sites located throughout the city – see below)
- Junk mail
- Office Paper such as envelopes, notebook paper, office paper
- Chipboard (usually brown or gray on the inside) such as cereal boxes, paper towel cores, facial tissue boxes, etc. Please remove any foil or plastic liners.
- Newspaper, magazines, catalogs, phone books
- Plastic bottles and jugs #1 through #7 but only if the neck is smaller than the base of the package
- Aluminum and Steel food and beverage cans, glass food and beverage jars/bottles, aerosol cans.
- Cardboard Milk & Juice Cartons – but no bottle caps
List Of Items You Should NOT Recycle In Winston-Salem
Again, we repeat – please DO NOT include the following items in your curbside recycle bin!
- Antifreeze containers
- Books – that includes binders and spiral notebooks
- Ceramic containers or deli containers
- Glass – dishes, drinking glasses, window glass, mirrors, etc.
- Light Bulbs
- Mirrors or Window Glass
- Motor Oil Containers
- Paint Cans
- Plastics – bags, newspaper bags, wrap, toys, containers, food trays, cups, etc.
- Pots or Pans
- Pyrex or Housewares containers or items (glass or ceramic)
- Wide-Mouth Plastic Containers
- Boxes with food – pizza boxes or any cardboard boxes that are contaminated with food or grease residue.
More Details On What NOT To Recycle
Plastic Bottles & Jugs
Winston-Salem Recycling Tips and Guidelines
- Do not place any recyclables in plastic bags.
- Empty aerosol cans and remove the lids.
- Remove caps and lids from glass food and beverage jars and bottles. Rinse the jars and bottles.
- Rinse and flatten cans. If you use the type of can opener that leaves a sharp edge on the lid, stop before completely removing the lid and then push the lid down inside the can before flattening it.
- Remove caps from plastic bottles, rinse and flatten. Plastic bottles #1 through #7 are accepted.
- Remove newspapers from the plastic sleeve. No plastic bags are accepted.
- Remove the plastic and foil liners from chipboard containers.
- Shredded office paper may be placed in a brown paper bag in such a way as to reduce litter, and placed in the Winston-Salem recycling cart.
- Flatten corrugated cardboard boxes before placing them in the cart.
Rollout Cart Program
- No sorting required. All items to be recycled can mingle in the cart.
- Be sure the lid closes.
- Put your cart out at the edge of the curb (not in the street) with the front of the cart facing the street.
- Leave at least three feet of space around the cart.
- Do not place the cart under low-lying limbs or power lines.
- Put your cart out by 6 a.m. and remove by the next day.
Where To Recycle #5s, Electronics & Other Items In Winston-Salem
Cell Phones, Batteries & Printer Cartridges
These can be mailed in to the City of Winston-Salem. Just pick up a pre-labeled bag for mailing in the Lobby of the Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building (100 East First Street downtown) or call 336-727-8153 for more details. Then put your empty inkjey cartridges and cell phones into the bag and place them into your mailbox for the USPS to deliver safe and sound.
Recycle Electronics at Goodwill
Electronics at Lowes Home Improvement & Home Depot Too
Take your Plastic Caps to Aveda
#5 Plastics at Whole Foods
Keep Winston-Salem And North Carolina Green!
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