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​What Can and Can't I Recycle Curbside in Mecklenburg County?

While Mecklenburg County has a robust recycling program, there are still things you should NEVER put in your CURBSIDE recycling cart .  These non-recyclable items, listed at the bottom of this page, are accepted at any of our FULL-SERVICE DROP-OFF CENTERS  as waste.  For your CURBSIDE recycling cart, just the listed acceptable items please!  

We strive to recycle many items; however we do not accept everything that displays the recycle symbol. Always refer to the acceptable list for item types.

Remember, When in Doubt, Leave it Out!



  • No Plastic Bags, No Plastic Wrap, or Plastic Film please resist the urge...  (take to stores such as Harris Teeter or Walmart)
  • Do not put your recycled items in a plastic bag, we simply cannot recycle the bagged items.  
  • No Ceramics or glassware such as Pyrex, flower vases, picture frames etc. -  (if in good condition, donate. if broken, trash can)
  • No Pots & Pans
  • No Glassware (same as ceramics)
  • No Paper Plates, Diapers, Cat Litter, Aluminum Cooking Pans, Napkins (trash can)
  • Do not put Batteries in a recycling cart (take to a full service recycling center)
  • No Light Bulbs (fluorescents and CFL go to Full Service Recycling Center. All other go to trash can.)
  • No Wire or Plastic Hangers (back to the cleaners or donate to a recycling clothing store, such as Goodwill)
  • No Clamshells or Styrofoam products  (trash can)
  • No Plastic Food Trays or Paper/Styrofoam/Plastic Cups (trash can)
  • No Shredded paper (trash can) - The shredded paper falls through the screening equipment and contaminates the glass we collect - some stores may accept shredded paper
  • No Hardback books.   Even if you remove the hard cover, the spine of the book does not allow the separation equipment to accommodate the paper.  
  • Our Compost Central location at 140 Valleydale Drive has a specific bins where we collect books for recycling. 



Office Location:

2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208


Hours: Disposal Site Hours Mon-Sat  7 a.m. - 4 p.m.


General Inquiries
311 or 980-314-3867

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