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Winston-Salem recycling support varies from city to city. For those that live in the twin cities, here’s a list of things you can recycle. Anything not on this list should not be recycled at this time unless taken to a specific facility or using an online provider (for which we also provide details).
Here’s the do’s and don’ts for curbside pickup (rollout cart program). The city now offers rollout Winston-Salem recycling carts that are picked up on a bi-weekly basis. These carts hold five-times as much as the green bins and protect materials to be recycled from the weather. Biweekly collection saves fuel, reduces emissions and saves you trips to the curb. Because the pickup is automated, here are some guidelines that will help with collection.
- 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 open space around each 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.
List Of Things You Can Recycle Via Curbside Pickup
- 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 Your Curbside Bin
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, clamshells, 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.
Plastic Bottles & Jugs
Note: Plastic clamshell containers generally used for salad, berries, tomatoes, herbs, etc. cannot be recycled via curbside pickup so do not include them in your bin.
- 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 clear plastic recycling bag, and placed in the Winston-Salem recycling cart.
- Flatten corrugated cardboard boxes before placing them in the cart.
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 inkjet cartridges and cell phones into the bag and place them into your mailbox for the USPS to deliver safe and sound.
Batteries Plus also offers recycling services for some of these items, so you may want to check with them.
Recycle Electronics At Goodwill
Electronics At Lowes Home Improvement, Best Buy & Home Depot
Take Your Plastic Caps To Aveda
#5 Plastics At Whole Foods
Plastic Bags & Films
Most local grocery stores accept used plastic shopping bags and other plastic bags and films you may collect at home. Some of the plastics they accept include newspaper bags, produce bags, shopping bags, case wraps, plastic wrap from around napkins/paper towels/toilet paper/diapers, bread bags, food storage bags, air pillows from shipping containers, dry cleaning bags, and more.
The collection bins can be found outside the entrance doors at most Harris Teeter, Food Lion and other grocery stores.
Three websites we’ve used ourselves and would highly recommend for recycling hard-to-recycle items:
- GreenDisk – recycle personal electronics, computers, etc.
- The Big Green Box – recycle all types of batteries, including alkaline.
- Recycle Your Lamp – recycle DLP (projector) bulbs.
Hazardous Household Item Disposal
If you have hazardous household items like old paint or large electronic items like TVs, computers, etc., please take them to the 3RC EnviroStation for safe disposal. This is not technically recycling but it is important to know about.
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