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A-Z Recyclery

The A-Z Recyclery is a (mostly) local directory to divert some common and not so commonly recycled items from landfill disposal.  Click the "How do I recycle..." box to view the alphabetical list. It is a living document with over 200 entries. It is by no means complete, and sometimes can become out-of-date.  If you know of an organization or individual who would accept items for reuse, repair or recycling that belong on this list, please let us know at recycling@orangecountync.gov. If there is a material you have a question about, tell us!  We'll investigate and add it to the A-Z. If you see an entry that is no longer current, let us know that too.  The purpose of this list is to divert resources from landfill disposal, and educate about Orange County's Solid Waste Management programs, not to promote any particular business.

Reuse is better than recycling!  The A-Z Recyclery refers to some reuse-oriented businesses for specific items.  However, for "random" used but useful items consider offering them for reuse at:

  • The Scrap Exchange in Durham; the premier creative reuse center in the southeast that accepts a wide variety of reusable materials from industry and individuals. 
  • FreeCycleOrange is an online community of reusers-- you have to first join the "Yahoo" group but after that you can post materials to give away or take advantage of what others are offering. 

Visit their websites for details of accepted items and other rules. 

Now here's the list:

 

Aerosol cans
Empty aerosol spray cans may be recycled curbside, at apartment complexes, at 24 Hour Recycling Drop-off locations and Solid Waste Convenience Centers with Bottles, Cans, Jugs and Jars. Do not crush as you would other cans. The spray can must be EMPTY. If it is not empty, either use up the contents or dispose in your regular trash. If it contains hazardous material, bring it to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection.

Aluminum cans
NC State Law prohibits landfilling of aluminum cans and plastic bottles.  They MUST be recycled!  Recycle aluminum cans curbside, at apartment complexes, at 24 Hour Recycling Drop-off locations and Solid Waste Convenience Centers with Bottles, Cans, Jugs and Jars.

These local companies will give "cash for cans"

  • Wagner Metal Salvage

 

1611 Hawkins Rd

Hurdle Mills, NC 27541

(919) 732-7547

 

 

915 Riddle Road

Durham, NC 27713

(919) 596-2108

Other recycling markets can be found by visiting the Directory of Markets for Recyclable Materials.

Aluminum foil/pans/pie tins

Recycle curbside, at apartment complexes, at 24 Hour Recycling Drop-off locations and Solid Waste Convenience Centers with Bottles, Cans, Jugs and Jars.

Rinse clean before recycling. Foil with excessive food should be disposed of as garbage.

Aluminum Scrap and Siding
All types of clean metal must be recycled in Orange County. Visit the Construction and Demolition page for more information on the Regulated Recyclable Materials Ordinance.

Residents can recycle up to ½ pick-up truckload of scrap metal per visit at Solid Waste Convenience Centers. Residents and businesses can bring aluminum scrap and siding along with other metals free of charge to the Orange County Landfill. Painted metal is OK. Other metal recycling markets can be found by visiting the Directory of Markets for Recyclable Materials.

Antifreeze
Residents can recycle used antifreeze at any of the Solid Waste Convenience Centers.
Disposing of used antifreeze and other automotive fluids (used motor oil, transmission and brake fluids) in storm drains (sewers) or drainage ditches is harmful to our waterways. Antifreeze, particularly the ethylene glycol type, when poured out or spilled on the ground can be highly toxic to animals and its sweet taste attracts them. Spent antifreeze may also contain heavy metals such as lead and cadmium and benzene. It can also be brought to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.

Appliances
Small household appliances in WORKING condition can be brought to a Salvage Shed located at one of the following Solid Waste Convenience Centers:

  • Eubanks Rd. (1 mile west of Hwy 86, Chapel Hill)
  • Ferguson Rd. (near intersection of Old Greensboro Rd.)
  • High Rock Rd. (1/4 mile west of Mill Creek Rd.)
  • Walnut Grove Church Rd. (1/4 mile west of intersection with Highway 86 North)
Or to resale shops

          Benefits local schools. Donation points are located at the following addresses in             Orange County:

103 Jones Ferry Rd.

Carrboro, NC 27510

(919)-967-1272

Donation Center at Village Plaza

99 S Elliott Rd.

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

(919)-942-9412


  • Club Nova
    Benefits the mental health community.

 

 

103-C West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510
(919) 967-6985

Store hours: 10am-6pm M-F; 10am-4pm Saturdays

Accept small appliances such as toasters, blenders, microwaves, etc. Seek store employee for help when dropping off items.

          Benefits individuals working to overcome employment challenges.  Appliances             must work.

 

 

520 Hampton Point
Hillsborough, NC 27278
(919) 245-1209

598 Deerfield Trace
Mebane, NC 27302
(919) 304-8890

This location will also pick up large loads.

4318 Garrett Rd
Durham,NC 27707
Phone: (919) 493-1182

          Accepts working appliances less than 10 years old

          5501 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.
          Durham, NC 27707
          Phone: 919-403-8668


  • Bill's Discount Appliances
    A recycler of "dead or alive" used appliances.
    A 24-hour drop-off spot is located at the side of the building.
    2201 E. Geer St. (Corner of E. Geer and E. Club)
    Durham, NC
    (919) 683-3185



Appliances in NON-working condition

Residents can bring up to two large appliances, such as washing machines and refrigerators to any of the Solid Waste Convenience Centers for recycling. Smaller non-working appliances can be recycled with "Scrap Metal".

Residents and businesses can take large appliances such as washers or refrigerators to the Orange County Landfill for recycling. There is no cost or limit to the number of appliances recycled at the Orange County Landfill location.


Architectural Salvage

Bring materials in good condition to one of the re-use businesses below. Orange County residents can bring up to one truck load per day of building materials, construction or remodeling waste from their homes (no contract waste) to any of the Solid Waste Convenience Centers. Clean wood, scrap metal, corrugated cardboard and appliances must be recycled.


          3809 E Greensboro/Chapel Hill Rd.
          Snow Camp, NC 27349-9841
          (336) 376-5694

          tomlagarde@bellsouth.net

  • Steve Peters
    619 Foster Street

           Durham, NC
          (919) 599-0124

          Buyer of old house parts, doors, mantels, columns, etc. Drop-off on location                between 9am-5pm everyday; must call ahead for approval.

          5501 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.
          Durham, NC 27707
          (919) 403-8668

          Accepts doors, windows, cabinets, sinks, light fixtures, door knobs, tile, hardwood           flooring, laminate flooring, toilets, bathtubs, lumber. Call ahead or visit their           website for specific criteria.


2645 Cheek Rd

Durham, NC 27704
(919) 219-4314

Accepts metal materials such as scrap steel and restaurant equipment. Visit website for complete list. Offers pickup service. 

  • TROSA
    1820 James Street
    Durham, NC
    (919) 419-1059

          Accepts lumber in good shape.  Also accepts windows, doors, etc. depending              on specific type, size, and condition. Donations can be brought to                                 warehouse location – call ahead for approval. Collection service is available                 depending on the location and amount of material to be collected. 

          1400 E. Geer Street
          Durham, NC  27704
          919-452-9129

 

 

Accepts overbuy items from contractors. Offers homeowners a tax deduction if they would like to donate materials through the ReUse Warehouse partnership with The Reuse People of America. They will take salvaged materials on consignment, and work with homeowners and contractors on deconstruction projects.

Asphalt
Old asphalt, mostly free of contamination, can be brought to an asphalt company for rebatching/recycling.

  • REA Construction
    3010 Gresham Lake Road

 

Raleigh, NC 27615
(919) 876-4550

 

 

1514 Eubanks Rd.

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

(919) 968-2788

Accepting aggregate material in basketball sized pieces or smaller.  Call ahead to make delivery arrangements.

Visit the Directory of Markets for Recyclable Materials, provided by the NC Division of Environmental Education and Outreach at for a list of asphalt recyclers.

Audio and Video Cassette Tapes

  • GreenDisk
    2200 Burlington
    Columbia, MO, 65202
    (800) 305-3475
    Also accepts other electronic media such as CD's and DVD's. Purchase of a shipping container known as a "Techno-Trashcan" is necessary.

Ballasts
Fluorescent and high-intensity discharge (HID) ballasts contain a small capacitor that may contain PCB's, or a less hazardous chemical, DEPH. Residents and businesses of Orange County can bring ballasts to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection.

Batteries
Orange County residents can bring any type of battery to any of the Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers for recycling. Look for red, igloo-shaped bins at each convenience centers for collection of all types of dry-cell batteries such as those from hearing aids, cell phones, cordless phones, cameras, power tools, flashlights, toys and other battery-operated or rechargeable devices.

Convenience Centers also accept lead-acid batteries such as those used for autos, boats, motorcycles and lawnmowers. Please do not place lead-acid batteries in the red dry-cell battery receptacle.  See site attendant for assistance.


In addition to accepting batteries at the Solid Waste Convenience Centers, all batteries are accepted at the Orange County Household Hazardous Waste facility and at the following businesses:

  • Radio Shack, University Mall and Eastgate locations, Chapel Hill
  • Whole Foods, Chapel Hill
  • Weaver Street Market (all 3 locations)
  • Southeastern Camera
  • UPS Store 510 Meadowmont Village Circle Chapel Hill NC

Rechargeable batteries can also be dropped-off for recycling at

Lowes Building Supply

1801 Fordham Boulevard

Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 967-3289

Bicycles

ReCYCLEry
108 N. Graham St.
Chapel Hill, NC
(919) 533-9196
bikes@recyclery.org


The ReCYCLEry is a direct-service not-for-profit organization whose mission is to encourage the use of the bicycle as a mode of transportation and recreation. This mission is accomplished through
1) hands-on skill building to teach people how to repair and maintain bicycles;
2) salvaging bicycles, ensuring that anyone who needs a bicycle can earn one;
3) outreach to underserved communities with these services.

Durham Bike Co-op

715 Washington St.

Durham, NC

contact@durhambikecoop.org

Open Sunday 1-6 and Thursday 7-10.  Drop off during work hours bikes and bike parts to be reused in build projects, or see their wishlist for other needed items.

Bicycle Tires

Recycle with automotive tires at  Solid Waste Convenience Centers, or the Orange County Landfill.


Books
Soft cover "paperback" books can be recycled with All Paper curbside and at apartment complexes. Paperbacks should be recycled with Mixed Paper at 24 Hour Recycling Drop-off locations and Solid Waste Convenience Centers. Hard cover books must have the covers removed, and then the interior pages can be recycled with Mixed Paper.


Reusable books in good condition can be brought to any of the Salvage Sheds located at one of the following Solid Waste Convenience Centers:

  • Hwy.57 (1/2; miles north of intersection with Hwy.86, Hillsborough)
  • Eubanks Rd. (1 mile west of Hwy 86, Chapel Hill)
  • Ferguson Rd. (near intersection of Old Greensboro Rd.)
  • High Rock Rd. (1/4 mile west of Mill Creek Rd.)
Or to charities that benefit Orange County entities

Benefits local schools. Donation points are located at the following addresses in Orange County:

103 Jones Ferry Rd, Carrboro, NC 27510

(919) 967-1272

Hours: 8:30-6:00 Monday -Saturday

103 S Elliott Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

(919) 942-9412

Hours 8:30-6:30 Wednesday- Saturday


  • Club Nova
    Benefits the local mental health community

 

103-C West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510
(919) 967-6985

Store hours: 10am-6pm M-F; 10am-4pm Saturdays

Accept small appliances such as toasters, blenders, microwaves, etc. Seek store employee for help when dropping off items.

 

Collects new and gently used children’s books and places them in the hands and homes of children who need them. Visit their website for donation locations throughout Orange County.

University Mall, Estes Drive, Chapel Hill

across from A Southern Season


Some used books in good condition may be sold to used book dealers including

(919) 942-5178

400 W. Franklin St. Chapel Hill

 

752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Chapel Hill NC 27514

 

No textbooks or encyclopedias, please. See Textbook listing.

Buttons

 

 

105 E Main St.

Carrboro, NC 27510

(919)441-0972

Will be used in upcycled art and fashion production.  Also accepting other items, contact the gallery for a full list.

Caps and Lids

Plastic caps from bottles can be recycled with plastic bottles.  Empty and squash the bottle flat, then put the cap back on to recycle them curbside, at apartment complexes, at 24 Hour Recycling Drop-off locations and Solid Waste Convenience Centers with Bottles, Cans, Jugs and Jars.  If the cap is not attached to a bottle, it will probably get lost-- drop out of the bin or truck and end up as litter, or fall through sorting screens at recycling material processing facilities before it can be captured and baled to go to a re-manufacturer. If you collect a lot of plastic caps and lids together, you can put them inside a yogurt container and recycle them with Rigid Plastics at solid waste convenience centers, not at the curb.

For more information on plastic cap recycling, visit the FAQ on the Association of Post-Consumer Plastic Recyclers website.

You can also bring loose plastic caps to be recycled at

          200 West Franklin Street

 

 

Chapel Hill, NC 27516
919-960-4769

You can also leave metal lids on glass jars, but it is considered a contaminate to glass recyclers.  They can remove it and will try to sell it as scrap metal, but it costs more for them to separate it from the glass and process it separately then the cheap metal the lid is made with is really worth.  The best things to do with your metal lids is to put them in an otherwise empty metal food can (this is for lids removed from the can with a pop top or can opener as well as lids from glass bottles and jars), and pinch the top of the can shut so the lids won't fall out and recycle them curbside, at apartment complexes, at 24 Hour Recycling Drop-off locations and Solid Waste Convenience Centers with Bottles, Cans, Jugs and Jars

Car Seats

Car seats have too much metal to be recycled with Rigid Plastics and to much plastic to be recycled with Scrap Metal.  Public Health laws prevent selling them for reuse so they cannot be donated to local charities even if they are in good condition.  Please discard in your regular trash.

Carpet/Carpet Pads
Good, clean carpet

  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore
    Accepts clean rugs, not carpeting, in sizes 8'x10' or less.

    5501 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.
    Durham, NC 27707
    (919)403-8668

Old carpet pads:

Orange County residents can bring up to one truck load per day or weekend of old carpeting and carpet padding from their homes (no contract waste) to any of the Solid Waste Convenience Centers.


Cartridges
Copier, Fax, Laser, Toner cartridges can all be recycled with Orange County's electronics recycling program.  Look for the black trailers at the Solid Waste Convenience Centers and the Orange County Landfill. See Computer Equipment for more information.

  • Best Buy
    1800 Franklin St. #27
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    Has kiosks inside the door for the collection of ink and toner cartridges and rechargeable batteries.


Ceiling Tiles

  • Armstrong World Industries
    Lancaster, PA
    (877) 276 7876
    Armstrong World Industries recycles ceiling tiles for free. The company will pay the cost of shipping the old ceiling tiles to its plant. Neither the old nor the new replacement ceilings need to be Armstrong products to qualify for the program. They prefer half full to full truckloads and material should be neatly palletized for pickup.

Cell phones

Recycle old cell phones and chargers with Orange County's Electronics recycling program.  Look for the black trailers at the Solid Waste Convenience Centers and at the Orange County Landfill. Remove cell phone batteries and recycle at all Solid Waste Convenience Centers or at the Hazardous Household Waste Collection Facility.

  • The Compass Center (formerly the Family Violence Prevention Center)
    210 Henderson St,

Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919)968-4610

Include phone chargers if possible. Donated phones are provided to victims of domestic violence so they can call 911 in an emergency situation, or the phoneswill be recycled through the Shelter Alliance and the Compass Center receives the proceeds. Please deactivate service before dropping off phones. Phones can be dropped off at the following collection sites:

  • UNC School of Law
  • UNC Women's Hospital Beacon Program office
  • Hedrick Building at UNC’s Friday Center
  • Whole Foods Market, Chapel Hill
  • Contact progam manager Conni Rivers to locate a cell phone donation box at your business

Eastgate Mobile Specialty Store

1800 E Franklin St
Ste 27
Chapel Hill, NC  27514

New Hope Commons

5454 New Hope Commons Dr
New Hope Commons
Durham, NC  27707

Chemicals
Residents should bring household chemicals to the Household Hazardous Waste collection facility. Bring paint, solvents, cleaning, automotive, pool and other caustic, toxic, flammable or otherwise hazardous chemicals to the collection


Businesses that produce less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month can use the Household Hazardous Waste collection as well.  Visit the website for drop-off specifications.

Businesses that produce more than 220 pounds per month of hazardous material must adhere to State and Federal regulations.  Visit the NC Directory of Recyclable Materials for an extensive list of private companies that manage hazardous material.

Clothing

  • The PTA Thrift Shop
    Resells clothing (and other household goods) in good condition to benefit local schools.  Donation locations:
    • 103 Jones Ferry Rd.

      Carrboro, NC 27510

      (919)-967-1272

    • Donation Center

    99 S Elliott Rd.

    Chapel Hill, NC 27514

    (919)-942-9412

 

WORN OUT CLOTHING or other textiles not suitable to go directly on the sales floor is sold by the pound by the PTA. Bag separately, keep clean and dry, and mark as 'rags', then bring them to one of the donation points.

  • Walnut Grove Solid Waste Convenience Center north of Hillsborough accepts clean used clothing, bedding, shoes, belts and bags. Torn clothing is OK so long as it is cleana and has no musty odor. Walnut Grove Church Rd. is the only Convenience Center with a clothing drop-off recepticle.

  • Club Nova
    Benefits members of the local mental health community
    103-C West Main Street
    Carrboro, NC 27510
    (919) 967-6985

          Benefits individuals working to overcome employment challenges. 

520 Hampton Point
Hillsborough, NC 27278
(919) 245-1209

598 Deerfield Trace
Mebane, NC 27302
(919) 304-8890

This location will also pick up large loads.

4318 Garrett Rd
Durham,NC 27707
Phone: (919) 493-1182

300 Millstone Drive
Hillsborough, NC 27278
(919) 732-6194

Donations Accepted Tues-Sat 9am-4:30pm


Clothes Hangers
Most dry-cleaners accept wire hangers for recycling or reuse.

  • Cole Park Cleaners

 

 

11552 US Hwy 15-501 N

Chapel Hill, NC 27517

(919) 967-7628

  • Dry Clean Warehouse

1221 Martin Luther King Drive

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

(919) 929-6300

Accepts plastic hangers as well as wire hangers for reuse:

  • A Cleaner World

1210 Raleigh Rd

Chapel Hill, NC 27517

(919) 929-5554

  • A Cleaner World

1129 Weaver Dairy Road

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

(919) 933-9405

 

Reuse stores (see Clothing) will often accept plastic hangers. 

Opaque polypropylene plastic hangers can be recycled with Rigid Plastics at 24-hourRecycling Drop-off Sites and Solid Waste Convenience Centers.

Compact Disks, Computer Disks and DVD's

Reuse is better than recycling! Many music stores will purchase used CDs and DVD's.

Electronic media such as floppy disks, DVD's, CD's and jewel cases can be recycled at Solid Waste Convenience Centers.  Look for the black trailer labeled for electronics recycling. No Audio or Video Tapes please, they get tangled in recycling equipment.

You can collect electronic media at your home, office or school and recycle it through:

  • GreenDisk
    2200 Burlington
    Columbia, MO, 65202
    (800) 305-3475
    Purchase of a shipping container known as a "Techno-Trashcan" is necessary.


CDs are made of polycarbonate, a high-quality plastic, with a metal coating. CDs can be recycled, but only a small fraction is actually usable. There is little concern about putting them in landfills because they aren't considered hazardous and it is estimated as many as 30 million CDs are tossed in the garbage each month. Recycled polycarbonate is often used in appliances and cars.

Computer Equipment
North Carolina State law bans the landfilling of computers and televisions, therefore they must be recycled rather than disposed. Residents can bring used electronics to any of the five Solid Waste Convenience Centers located throughout the county to be recycled. Look for the black labeled trailers.

Orange County businesses and non-residential institutions such as churches, schools and non-profits should bring their unwanted computers to the electronics recycling trailer located at the Orange County Landfill during landfill hours of operation, Monday-Friday 8:00am-3:00pm and Saturday 8:00am-12:00 noon. Anyone bringing electronics to be recycled at the landfill location must stop at the scalehouse first. If you have more than 10 computers to recycle, please call in advance so we can process the larger load right away.


  • all computers and computer peripherals (monitors, mice, keyboards, printers, speakers)
  • televisions
  • photocopiers (toner cartridges also accepted)
  • cell phones (batteries should be removed and recycled separately)
  • telephones and telephone systems
  • fax machines
  • radios and stereo receivers
  • CD players
  • cassette players
  • VCRs
  • laser disc players
  • electronic media such as floppy disks, DVD's, CD's, and their jewel cases (please, no audio or video cassette tapes)
  • toner cartridges
  • battery operated toys (batteries must be removed and recycled separately)

  • Services are free to Orange County residents, businesses and non-residential institutions such as churches, schools and non-profits.

    If you wish to donate your usable computer to a charity, visit these web sites for more information:
    www.cristina.org
    www.rtpnet.org

    You can sell, donate or recycle your old electronics on Ebay through the Rethink Initiative:
    http://pages.ebay.com/rethink

    Local Donation/Refurbishing/Reuse:
    Orange County does not endorse any of these businesses, and recommends you contact them personally for current donation specifications.

    • Kramden Institute
      99 TW Alexander Drive
      RTP, NC 27709
      919-638-6200
      501(c)3 not-for-profit charitable institution whose mission is to help kids who cannot afford a home computer. They locate, repair, and refurbish computers to donate to the kids. PCs (no Macs) must have processors that are Pentium III or higher, or 400 MHz in processor speed or higher. No machines that have been stripped of parts. Volunteers triage and refurbish old machines. Email volunteers@kramden.org to sign up.

    • PTA Thrift Store
      103 Jones Ferry Rd
      Carrboro, NC 27510
      (919)967-1272
      Only accepts electronics at Carrboro store (Jones Ferry Road). Accepts CPUs with Windows XP software installed and at least a Pentium 4 processor.  Also take small or medium-sized computer monitors (not too bulky) as well as keyboards.  Printers are also acceptable provided they include the necessary compatibility software.

    • Teaming for Technology
      1100 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 112
      Morrisville, NC
      (919) 460-5018
      Accepts Pentium, AMD and any Apple products or computer systems; LCDs; plasma displays; keyboards; mice; speakers; projectors; cables; hard drives; and RAM; CRT monitors only with a matching computer.  The computers are repaired or refurbished and provided to nonprofit agencies and schools across North Carolina.  Equipment not worthy for reuse is recycled through Synergy Recycling.  Teaming for Technology is a community service of United Way of the Greater Triangle. Visit http://www.rtpnet.org/recycle/wanted.shtml for equipment specifications.

    • TECHNOLOGYRECYCLERS.NET
      Raleigh, NC
      919-647-9624
      PICKUP OR DROP-OFF - CORPORATE OR RESIDENTIAL.  Accepts computer technology & other items from individuals and businesses. Visit their website at http://www.technologyrecyclers.net to schedule a pickup or dropoff.  All received serviceable media is securely wiped of personal/corporate data.  Select serviceable items are refurbished/reconditioned and available to fill donation requests made by local charities, schools, non-profits and low income individuals from the local area.

    905 E. Jackie Robinson Drive

    Durham, NC 27701

    919-414-3041

    Collects, refurbishes and recycles end-of-life computers and other electronics. Serving businesses, organizations and individuals. Usecollected materials for STEM education labs. Free education program for high school kids to work refurbish and recycle computers and learn about environmental/humanitarian issues surrounding ewaste and sustainable business models. Refurbished computers are given to charity and sold at below market prices to help bridge the digital divide and support the program.

    • Uplift Ministries
      832 Smith Level Rd.
      Chapel Hill, NC 27516
      (919) 932-7676

    Contact: Hilda Stephens
    Working machines only, Pentium III or better. Not-for-profit providing computer training for youths. Will also accept other types of electronic donations such as printers, copiers, etc.

    Collects electronics of all types. Video on Best Buy Electronics Recycling

    Eastgate Mobile Specialty Store

    1800 E Franklin St
    Ste 27
    Chapel Hill, NC  27514

    New Hope Commons

    5454 New Hope Commons Dr
    New Hope Commons
    Durham, NC  27707


    Concrete, Brick and Cinderblock

    1514 Eubanks Rd.

    Chapel Hill, NC 27516

    (919) 968-2788

    Accepting aggregate material in basketball sized pieces or smaller.  Call ahead to make delivery arrangements.

    For more options, look on the Directory of Markets for Recycled Material.

    Construction Waste
    Visit the Construction and Demolition page for complete information on how to manage construction waste in Orange County.   If you have building materials suitable for reuse, please visit the Architectural Salvage section.

    Corrugated Cardboard
    Corrugated Cardboard is banned from the Orange County Landfill and therefore must be recycled! Residents can recycle corrugated cardboard curbside.  Please follow these specifications when recycling cardboard at the curb:

    • Boxes must be empty and flattened, remove and discard and packing material.
    • No more than 3'x3' in size (hopper on the recycling truck is only 3' in length)
    • Ten pieces or less at the curb per household, per collection.

    Most apartment complexes have separate dumpsters for corrugated cardboard. Residents can use any of the County's 24-hour recycling drop-off locations or Solid Waste Convenience Centers for large loads.

    Businesses with less than 50 boxes 24-hour recycling drop-off locations, or bring unlimited amounts to be recycled at the Orange County Landfill during normal hours of operation at no charge.

    Pizza boxes are recyclable at the curb, apartment and at drop-off sites so long as they are completely empty and free of grease and food.  If the bottom has cheese adhered to it, separate the top and recycle that.  Toss the cheesy side in the trash or compost it instead!

    Crayons

    Crazy Crayons

    P.O. Box 772711  

    Steamboat Springs, CO  80477

    800-561-0922

    crayonrecycleprogram@gmail.com

    Cups, tubs and buckets

    Recycle plastic cups, tubs, and buckets #2, #4 and #5 with other NON-BOTTLE plastics at Solid Waste Convenience Centers.  Look for the purple dumpsters marked "Rigid Plastics" and visit the Rigid Plastics webpage for a complete list of items accepted in this collection. No plastics #1, #3, #6 or #7 in this collection please.

    Uncoated paper cups can be composted or recycled with "All Paper" curbside, and apartment complexes.  Uncoated paper cups should be recycled with Mixed Paper at drop-offs locations and Solid Waste Convenience Centers.

    Compostable cups (#7 PLA) are not recyclable and will only compost in a commercial composting program.  They will not compost in a landfill either, where they do produce methane through anaerobic decomposition.

    #1 PET "Solo" cups commonly used for social gatherings are not recyclable.  Please discard them in the regular trash.

    If your place of business or other gathering place produces a large number of styrofoam cups (#6 EPS), you can purchase a "Recycla-pak" shipping box to recycle the foam cups with Dart Container Company. Details are on their website.

    If your organization is hosting an event using disposable cups, contact our office for guidance on reducing waste.


    Diesel Fuel
    Recycle with used motor oil at any of the Solid Waste Convenience Centers or the Household Hazardous Waste Collection.

    Drywall / Gypsum Wallboard


    • McGill Environmental
      Moncure, NC
      (919) 362-1788
      Can accept clean, unpainted drywall as an ingredient in their compost mix. A tip fee is charged based on volume. Call for a quote, but it is generally much less than the landfill tip fee.


    Egg Cartons
    Paper cartons can be recycled with "All Paper" at the curb and at apartment complexes. Paper cartons should be recycled with Mixed Paper at drop-offs locations and Solid Waste Convenience Centers.


    Donate clean egg cartons of any type to egg growers at your local farmers market for them to reuse.

    Styrofoam egg cartons, as well as other food service styrofoam (#6 EPS) can also be recycled

    3219 Wesleyan Road

    Randleman NC 27317

    (336) 495 1101


    Electronic Equipment and Scrap
    Remember that reuse is the highest form of recycling!
    Many non-profit and charitable organizations are able to accept used but usable electronic equipment, and offer them to schools, community organizations, and needy individuals. By reusing electronic equipment for its intended purpose, its useful life is extended and those who may not be able to afford equipment are able to use it. An additional benefit of reusing electronics is the conservation of energy that it would take to manufacture new equipment.

    For a list of local charities that accept used computers, go to Computer Equipment.  For a statewide list of electronic equipment and scrap recyclers visit the Directory of Markets for Recyclable Materials, provided by the NC Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach. Sell, donate or recycle your old electronics on Ebay through the Rethink Initiative:
    http://rethink.ebay.com/


    Orange County residents and businesses can recycle their unwanted computers and other electronics to the Orange County Landfill, 1514 Eubanks Rd. Chapel Hill. Anyone bringing electronics to be recycled at the landfill location must stop at the scalehouse first.


    Residents can recycle used electronics at any of the five Solid Waste Convenience Centers located throughout the county. Look for the black metal trailers labeled for electronics recycling.

    Electronics in good working condition can be dropped off for reuse at the four centers where there are Salvage Sheds:

    • Eubanks Rd.
    • Ferguson Rd.
    • Walnut Grove Church Rd.
    • High Rock Rd.


    The electronics recycling program accepts the following materials:

    • all computers and computer peripherals (monitors, mice, keyboards, printers, speakers)
    • televisions
    • photocopiers (toner cartridges also accepted)
    • cell phones (batteries should be removed and recycled at a Solid Waste Convenience Center)
    • telephones and telephone systems
    • fax machines
    • radios and stereo receivers
    • CD players
    • cassette players
    • VCRs
    • laser disc players
    • compact discs
    • CD jewel cases
    • battery operated toys (batteries must be removed and recycled separately)
    • electronic media such as floppy disks, DVD's, CD's, and their jewel cases (please, no audio or video cassette tapes)
    • toner cartridges

    Services are free to Orange County residents, businesses and non-residential institutions such as churches, schools, and non-profits.

    Eyeglasses
    Contact your local Lion's Club. Also
    • LensCrafters
      Any eyeglass frames including those with missing or broken lenses, missing arms etc.  Sunglasses, reading glasses, all eyeglasses welcome.
    Film Canisters
    • Southeastern Camera and Supply
      205 W. Main St.
      Carrboro, NC
      (919) 933-7757
      Recycles film canisters and lids.

    • Wolf Camera
      University Mall
      201 S. Estes Drive
      Chapel Hill, NC
      (919) 929-2692

    Fire Extinguishers
    Households may bring fire extinguishers to the to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection. Businesses should consider purchasing rechargeable and serviceable fire extinguishers instead of cheaper "disposable" fire extinguishers. While a fire extinguisher that is rechargeable costs more in the beginning, over time a quality rechargeable fire extinguisher with a metal head will likely save you money.

    Fluorescent Bulbs
    Includes compact fluorescent (twirly) lights also known as CFL's, circular fluorescent bulbs and fluorescent tubes. These lights may contain mercury, a hazardous material, though reduced mercury content fluorescent lamps are now available. They typically have a green metal end caps. Orange County residents and businesses that produce less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per year can bring fluorescents and other items containing mercury to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection. Do not break fluorescent tubes!

    For information on CFL's including how to properly manage broken fluorescent bulbs, see this document by the EPA's Energy Star office.


    Businesses and institutions are required by law to recycle fluorescent lamps if they produce more than a certain amount per year. For a list of companies that manage fluorescent lights and other mercury containing items, visit the Directory of Markets for Recycled Materials, provided by the NC Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach.

    Furniture
    Reusable furniture in good condition can be brought to any of the Salvage Sheds located at one of the following Solid Waste Convenience Centers:

    • Eubanks Rd. (1 mile west of Hwy 86, Chapel Hill)
    • Ferguson Rd. (near intersection of Old Greensboro Rd.)
    • High Rock Rd. (1/4 mile west of Mill Creek Rd.)
    • Walnut grove Church Rd. (1/4 mile west of intersection with Highway 86 North)
    Or to other charities:

    Donation Center

    99 S Elliott Rd.

    Chapel Hill, NC 27514

    (919)-942-9412

    300 Millstone Drive
    Hillsborough, NC 27278
    (919) 732-6194

    Donations Accepted Tues-Sat 9am-4:30pm

              Benefits individuals working to overcome employment challenges. 

    520 Hampton Point
    Hillsborough, NC 27278
    (919) 245-1209

    598 Deerfield Trace
    Mebane, NC 27302
    (919) 304-8890

    This location will also pick up large loads.

    313 Foster St.
    Durham, NC 27701

    (919) 682-1495 ext. 1608

    Free pick-up is available for sellable donations.


    Gasoline
    Bring to the Household Hazardous Waste collection. Do not mix with oil or other liquids.

    Glass
    All glass bottles and jars can be recycled with bottles, cans, and jars curbside, at apartment complexes, at 24 Hour Recycling Drop-off locations and Solid Waste Convenience Centers . Do not recycle plate glass, mirrors, Pyrex, or lab glass at these locations.
    For a list of markets for plate glass, mirrors or lab glass, visit the Directory of Markets for Recycled Materials, provided by the NC Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach.

    Grease, Fats and Oil
    Restaurant grease and used cooking oil:

     

     

     

     

     

     

    220 Lorax Lane  
    Pittsboro, NC 27312
    (919) 321-8260

    Orange County residents and businesses with 15 gallons or less of used cooking/fryer oil can bring it to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection.  Used cooking oil is also accepted at the Walnut Grove Church Rd. Solid Waste Convenience Center only.


    Greeting Cards
    Reuse cards by cutting off the front and mailing as a post card. Greeting Cards

    can be recycled with "all paper" curbside and at apartment complexes.

    Mixed paper including greeting cards is collected separately from newspaper, magazines and phonebooks at 24-hour recycling drop-off locations and Solid Waste Convenience Centers.

    Grocery Bags

    Minimize paper and plastic bags by using cloth bags when you shop.  If you forget your bag, reuse the bag you get from the store over and over.  There is virtually no environmental benefit of choosing paper over plastic. The right answer to "Paper or Plastic?" is "Neither"!  See this video for inspiration.

    If you do choose paper or plastic, they can both be recycled, but in different places.

    Paper bags can be recycled with "all paper" curbside and at apartment complexes. They can also be recycled with Corrugated cardboard at 24-hour recycling drop-off locations and Solid Waste Convenience Centers.

    Plastic bags and other plastic film can be recycled at most local grocery stores, but they must be clean and dry.  Plastic bags include newspaper bags, bread bags, and dry-cleaner bags, plastic film includes drink and toilet tissue overwrap. Learn more from plasticbagrecycling.com

    Do not try to recycle plastic bags in any of Orange County's recycling programs,  They get caught in recycling equipment, slow down operations, and are an absolute no-no.  Bring to grocery stores instead. Grocery bags and other plastic film can also be recycled at the Walnut Grove Church Rd. Solid Waste Convenience Center only.


    Hazardous Waste
    Orange County residents, and Orange County business that produce less than 220 pounds of hazardous wastes per month should bring their hazardous wastes to the Household Hazardous Waste collection. Visit the webpage for more details.


    Businesses can also contact the following hazardous waste management companies, or visit www.p2pays.org/DMRM/start.aspx for a more extensive list. Orange County is not endorsing these companies. We are providing their names strictly as an informational service.


    Junk Mail
    Junk Mail can be recycled with all other clean, dry paper that tears curbside and at apartment complexes.  Mixed paper including junk mail is collected all together with bottles, cans, jars, newspaper, magazines and phonebooks at 24-hour recycling drop-off locations and Solid Waste Convenience Centers.


    Use the website freemymailbox.com to get off unwanted delivery lists for mass mailings, catalogs and phonebooks.

    The Center for a New American Dream also has great tips for reducing junk mail and avoiding other types of advertising.

    “Do not rent, trade, or sell my name or address”.  Say these words every time you order from a catalog or purchase a gift subscription over the phone.  Write the words next to your name and address every time you fill a warranty, membership or subscription form. This will prevent your name and address from being spread to mail order lists.  


    Land Clearing Debris
    Visit the Directory of Markets for Recycled Material, provided by the NC Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach for a list of land clearing debris collectors.

    Magazines
    Recycle glossy magazines with all paper at the curb and at apartment complexes. Glossy magazines are collected with newspaper and phonebooks at drop-offs locations and Solid Waste Convenience Centers.

    Use the website freemymailbox.com to get off unwanted delivery lists for mass mailing, catalogs and phonebooks.


    Check with your physician's office, health clubs, and local elementary schools to see if they can reuse your magazines.  Unstaffed recycling drop-offs locations also have "Magazine Racks" to trade used magazines in good condition.

    Mattresses

    Residents of the towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough should contact their town's' Public Works Department for details on Bulky Item curbside collection.

    Mattresses and box springs are NOT permitted at County Solid Waste Convenience Centers. 

    Orange County residents can bring them to the Orange County Landfill to be disposed of for $10 per piece. Clean and dry mattresses will be recycled.

    Institutions can recycle high volumes of mattresses at Mattress Go Round:

    1601 Yanceyville St, Greensboro, NC 27405
    (336) 676-4646


    Metal/Scrap Metal
    Clean metal must be recycled in Orange County. Visit the Construction and Demolition page for more information on the Regulated Recyclable Materials Ordinance. Residents can recycle up to 1/2 pick-up truckload of scrap metal per visit at Solid Waste Convenience Centers. Residents and businesses can bring unlimited quantities for free to the Orange County Landfill.

    Clean metal is defined as material that is substantially metal in nature. e.g. siding, steel studs, banding from around lumber or gutters. Items containing small amounts of metal such as plastic ductwork with wound wire reinforcing are NOT considered scrap metal. We recycle electrical wiring with scrap metal, or electronics at Solid Waste Convenience Centers.

    Mercury Containing Materials
    Common household items such as fluorescent bulbs, thermostats and thermometers can contain mercury. Residents and non-residential entities that produce less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month should bring these items to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection.
    Businesses that wish to properly dispose of materials containing mercury should visit the Directory of Markets for Recycled Material, provided by the NC Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach for a list of land clearing debris collectors. for a list of companies.

    Mixed Paper
    Mixed Paper, such as junk mail (envelopes included), school and office paper, notebooks (bindings removed), cereal boxes (liner removed), 6 and 12-pack boxes and other paper packaging (without waxy or plastic coating) can be recycled with "all paper" at the curb and at apartment complexes. Mixed paper is collected separately from newspaper, magazines and phonebooks at 24 hour recycling drop-off locations and Solid Waste Convenience Centers.


    Mobile Homes/ Manufactured homes

    Mobile Homes are accepted at the Orange County Landfill for $200 per single or double wide. Call ahead to make a delivery appointment. 

    Mobile Home recyclers are also listed in the Directory of Markets for Recycled Material, provided by the NC Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach.  Visit their webpage about House Bill 1134 that relates to abatement and recycling of mobile homes and funds available


    Newspaper (and all inserts that come with the newspaper)
    Recycle newspapers with all paper at the curb and at apartment complexes. Newspapers are collected with magazines and phonebooks at drop-offs locations and Solid Waste Convenience Centers. Please remove and discard any plastic bag overwrap.  Plastic bags can be recycled at most local grocery stores.

    Oil
    Residents can recycle used motor oil at any of the Solid Waste Convenience Centers. Also accepted with motor oil in the used oil tank: kerosene, diesel fuel, gear oil, "Coleman" fuel and transmission fluid. NO used cooking oil, gasoline, antifreeze, solvents, parts cleaner or mixed gas. Bring those materials to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection instead.

    Advance Auto Parts

    1744 Fordham Boulevard

    Chapel Hill, NC 27514

    (919)932-7526

    Accepts oil, gear oil and transmission fluid for recycling during operating hours

    M-F 7:30am -9pm and Sat 7:30am 10pm, Sunday 9am -8pm.

    Disposing of used motor oil and other automotive fluids (antifreeze and transmission and brake fluids) in storm drains (sewers) or drainage ditches is harmful to our waterways. Storm sewers do not drain into a water treatment plant, but drain directly into our streams, lakes, and estuaries. Pouring oil in a sanitary sewer is not acceptable either as wastewater treatment plants are not equipped to handle motor oil and it clogs pipes along the way.

    Used motor oil, by NC State Law, may not be thrown away with regular trash. Disposing of used oil improperly is both an environmental and health hazard. Used oil contains toxins and heavy metals and can contaminate surface water, groundwater, and soils. It takes 42 gallons of crude oil to make two and a half quarts of gallons of refined motor oil but only 1 gallon of 2.5 gallons of used motor oil to make two and a half quarts of  gallons of re-refined motor oil.

    Contact these businesses for information on recycling large amounts of used motor oil:

    Call the Chapel Hill Stormwater Hotline (919) 969-RAIN to report stormwater pollution or to confidentially report water polluters dumping into storm drains. Call 911 if after hours for emergency report. 

    Elsewhere in Orange County:
    Division of Water Quality (DWQ)
    Regional office for Chatham, Durham, Orange, Wake Counties
    919-791-4200 during business hours M-F, 8am-5pm
    Nights and weekends, call the DWQ Emergency Hotline (24 hour)

    800-858-0368


    Oil Filters
    Residents can recycle used motor oil filters at any of the Solid Waste Convenience Centers or the Household Hazardous Waste Collection. Businesses managing used oil filters must drain them and they must be recycled. It is against NC State Law to landfill oil filters! For filter recycling services see list for recycling oil in the list above.


    Oil Tanks

    If they are rinsed and cut in half, Oil Tanks can be taken to the Orange County Landfill at no charge. They will be recycled with Scrap Metal.

    These companies are certified for removal of Oil Tanks:


     

     

     

     

     

     

    (336) 376-0394

    Morrisville, NC 27560
    (919) 481-0555

    Carrboro, NC
    (919) 932-1590


    Packaging


    Shrink wrap, if clean and dry, can be recycled with plastic bags at grocery stores that accept similar #2 and #4 film plastics for recycling.  This excludes shrink wrap used to cover food.

    Paper packaging that is non-metallic and not coated with wax or plastic can be recycled with "all paper" at the curb and at apartment complexes. Mixed paper is collected separately from newspaper, magazines and phonebooks at 24 hour recycling drop-off locations and Solid Waste Convenience Centers.

    Clear #1 rigid plastic formed packaging, also known as "clamshell" packaging is not recyclable  Please discard in your regular trash.


    Styrofoam:Learn more about expanded polystyrene production, distribution and management at the Alliance of Foam Packagers website.
    Expanded polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) constitutes less than 1% by weight of the solid waste stream. It is a high volume, low value, low weight material and Orange County does not have recycling programs in place for it. However, clean and dry Styrofoam packing peanuts, flat sheets and block, along with bubble wrap and plastic pillow packs are accepted for reuse at the following locations. Call ahead to make sure they have the capacity to accept what you are bringing them.
    • Pack it Ship it 
      1202 Raleigh Road
      Chapel Hill, NC  27517
      (919) 968-1181 

    • Johnny T-Shirt
      416 Millstone Drive
      Hillsborough, NC
      (919)644-2501
    • Myra Dotson
      8418 Orange Grove Rd.
      Chapel Hill, NC 27516
      (919)270-7534
      myradotson@mindspring.com
      Will pick-up in Orange County

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    (Styrofoam peanuts, bubble-wrap and air pillows)

    • Nancy Solberg
      Green Hill Farms
      (919)309-0649

    (Peanuts only)


    • Wrap, Pack & Ship
      1024 Mebane Oaks Rd.
      Mebane, NC
      (919)563-2591

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    (Styrofoam peanuts, bubble-wrap and air pillows)

    • UPS Stores

      1289 N. Fordham Blvd.
      @ Fordham Square Suite A
      Chapel Hill, NC
      (919) 932-9117

      Harris Teeter North Shopping Center
      1818 Airport Rd.
      Chapel Hill, NC
      (919) 960-0900
      Hwy 54 & Main Street
      Carrboro Plaza (next to Food Lion)
      Carrboro, NC
      (919) 918-7161
      510 Meadowmont Village Circle
      Chapel Hill, NC
      (919) 942-6262


    Large Foam Shipping Pieces

    • Tuscarora Plastics
      1741 East C Street
      Butner, NC
      (919)575-5100

    Food Service Styrofoam

    3219 Wesleyan Road
    Randleman, NC 27317

    336- 495-1101



    Paint
    Reduce - Remember to buy less toxic and non-aerosol paint. Paints can contain chemicals such as solvents and metals that can damage the environment, especially our water supplies, and endanger human health if not disposed of properly. Purchasing latex and low VOC paint is best.

    Orange County residents and businesses that produce less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month can bring latex, oil based, and aerosol spray paint to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection.  Businesses must be prepared to sign an affidavit.


    If you have only a small amount of latex paint to dispose of you can safely dry the paint out at home by removing the lid and allowing the contents to aerate. Accelerate the drying process by stirring kitty litter or sand into the open can of paint. Once latex paint is thoroughly dried, residents can dispose of the cans, with the lids removed, in the regular trash.

    Paint cans

    If there is only a thin layer of dried residue left in the container (less that a ¼ inch coating in the bottom of the can) it can be recycled.  Metal paint cans can be recycled with "Bottles, Cans and Jars" at 24- hour recycling drop-off sites and at Solid Waste Convenience Centers. Black plastic paint cans, with the metal handle removed, can be recycled with "Rigid Plastics" in the purple dumpsters at Solid Waste Convenience Centers.


    Pallets
    Pallets are considered "clean wood waste" and must be recycled in Orange County. Visit the Construction and Demolition page to find out more about the Regulated Recyclable Material Ordinance.  According to NC State Law they are banned from MSW landfills in North Carolina but may be accepted at other Construction Waste landfills. 

    Residents can bring pallets and other clean wood waste (wood that has not been painted or treated) to Solid Waste Convenience Centers. Residents and businesses can bring pallets to be recycled to the Orange County Landfill.


    The following businesses also recycle used pallets:

    • Pallet Express Inc.

      2821 Assembly Rd

      Greensboro, NC  27405

      800-220-0987 ext 308


    • Pallet Recycling Service
      Bear Creek, NC
      (336) 581-3250

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Raleigh, NC

    (919) 625-0807


    Pesticides
    Reduce the amount of hazardous waste you use and try buying less toxic products. Contact the NC Cooperative Extension Service to find out how to get rid of pests while keeping your environment clean, or visit the Alternatives section of the Household Hazardous Waste page.

    Household insecticides and pesticides are accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection.

     

    Pharmaceuticals

    There are three "Drug Drop Box" locations in Orange County for residents to drop-off unwanted medications. Hours are 8:30am—5:00pm, Monday through Friday excluding holidays at all three locations.

    Carrboro Police Department

    Carrboro Century Center

    100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro, NC 27510

    Phone: 919-918-7397

    Chapel Hill Police Department

    828 Martin Luther King Blvd.

    Chapel Hill NC, 27514

    Phone: 919-968-2760

    Hillsborough Police Department

    127 N. Churton St. Hillsborough, NC 27278

    Phone: 919-732-9381

    Do Drop

    • Expired or Unused Medications

    • Over the Counter Medications

    • Medication samples

    • Pet Medications

    • Medicated Ointments and Lotions

    • Liquid Medications

    Do NOT Drop

    • Needles/Lancets/Syringes

    • Thermometers

    • IV Bags

    • Bloody or Infectious Waste

    • Hydrogen Peroxide

    • Empty Containers

    • Personal Care Products

    Phone Books

    Recycle phone books with all other paper at the curb and at apartment complexes. Phone books are collected with single-stream recycling 24 Hour recycling drop-off sites and Solid Waste Convenience Centers.

    Use the website freemymailbox.com to get off unwanted delivery lists for mass mailing, catalogs and phonebooks.


    Photographic Chemicals
    Please do not pour photographic chemicals down the drain. It pollutes our drinking water and our environment. Collect them and save them for safe disposal. Residents and businesses that produce less that 220 pounds of Hazardous Waste per month can bring photographic chemicals to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection.

    Plastic Bottles

    NC State Law prohibits landfilling of aluminum cans and plastic bottles.  They MUST be recycled!  All plastic BOTTLES (any number) can be recycled curbside, at apartment complexes, at 24 Hour Recycling Drop-off locations and Solid Waste Convenience Centers with Bottles, Cans, Jugs and Jars. A bottle/jug is defined as a container with a neck smaller than the base. Be sure to squash flat and put the caps back on where possible.

    Non-Bottle Plastics #2, 4 and 5 such as yogurt and margarine tubs, kitty litter buckets, stadium cups, and many types of plastic toys can be recycled with Rigid Plastics at solid waste convenience centers, not at the curb. NO #1,3,6 or 7 plastics please.


    Plastic Containers
    All plastic BOTTLES (any number) can be recycled curbside, at apartment complexes, at 24 Hour Recycling Drop-off locations and Solid Waste Convenience Centers with Bottles, Cans, Jugs and Jars. A bottle/jug is defined as a container with a neck smaller than the base. Be sure to squash flat and put the caps back on where possible.

    Non-Bottle Plastics #2, 4 and 5 such as yogurt and margarine tubs, kitty litter buckets, stadium cups, and many types of plastic toys can be recycled with Rigid Plastics at solid waste convenience centers, not at the curb. NO #1,3,6 or 7 plastics please.

    Plastics Explained, or, What's with the "recycling" symbol on plastics that can't be recycled?

    Some of the confusion about plastics recycling stems from the three chasing arrow symbol, along with a number, and the series of letters found on almost all plastic products. Many people think this symbol shown on plastics means that an item is recyclable, but that is not always the case. This symbol used on plastic products along with the numbers is known as the “resin identification code”.  It is a plastic industry trademark and represents the type of resin that was used to make a plastic item, not whether it is recyclable or not.

    Recycling markets, that is the companies that collect and sell recyclable commodities, or use those recyclable commodities to make new products determine what can be recycled. The resin identification code is therefore quite confusing because it is found on almost ALL plastic items regardless of recyclability. There are only seven basic resin codes used to define all the types of plastics that make up the hundreds of plastic things that we find in our lives.  The numbers 1-6 are specific individual resin types. The number 7 is used for “all other”, which actually represents many types of resins, and for PLA, plant based plastic.  Learn more about the resin identification code here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resin_identification_code

    Currently, Orange County sells a commingled mix of plastic bottles, metal cans and glass bottles and jars to a local Material Recovery Facility (aka MRF) where those materials are sorted, processed and sold to end-users.  When it comes to plastics, the MRF want plastic bottles only, not any other type of plastic container.  We collect commingled bottles, cans, jugs and jars at the curb, apartment complexes, our commercial recycling program and in blue dumpsters at our drop-off sites and Solid Waste Convenience Centers.  Non-bottle plastics that appear in this collection are separated out and discarded by the MRF we sell our commingled containers to.  If you are interested in seeing how a MRF works, check out this animated video short produced by the NC State Division of Education and Outreach.

    The resin identification code doesn't come into play that much when it comes to bottles because over 96% of all bottles are either #1 PET, polyethylene terephthalate or #2, HDPE, high density polyethylene and have a high value for many remanufacturers. What defines the recyclability of bottles is how they are manufactured.  Bottles are made by a process called blow molding. Blow molded plastics have the characteristic of when they are melted down (which is what a recycler would do to make a new product) the resulting substance is gooey and stretchy, like glue. The polymers hold together well, so it can be made into other products such as new plastic bottles, thermoform plastics such as clear take-out clamshells and produce boxes, yarn to make polar fleece or carpeting, pressed into plastic lumber, and other great products made from recycled plastic. The actual molds into which the hot air is blown are much smaller than the final product, the soft warm plastic is poured into the mold, then injected with air and blown up like a balloon --the molecules must stick together in order to do that. 

    Most non-bottle plastics are made by a process called injection molding. Injection molded plastics, when melted down can become runny and watery-- the molecules do not stick together and thus they do not lend themselves as well to the simple  re-manufacturing process used in blow molding. Some markets do use injection molded plastics to make new products, but they are far and few between (especially when compared to the well-established and growing ones for blow-molded plastics). The markets that do exist tend to prefer the typically homogeneous industrial sources of injection molded plastics, not residential. Residential injected molded plastics literally STINK-- they are dirty, smell bad, and tend to be messy, expensive loads because they often have to be combed through carefully to remove contaminates (such as #1 non-bottle plastics such as clear take-out clamshells and produce boxes. They are a major no-no in our recycling collection! However, there should be some consolation that they are often made WITH recycled content so keep recycling those plastic bottles!).

    Recycling markets are always expanding however, as petroleum prices rise, plastics recycling technology improves, business opportunities increase, and public demand for collection services is heard. The non-bottle #2, #4 and #5 "Rigid Plastics"collection program here in Orange County is a direct result of this convergence of factors. Residents can now recycle their yogurt tubs, kitty litter buckets, plastic lawn furniture, toys and turtle sandboxes and much more in the purple dumpsters at Solid Waste Convenience Centers only.

    There are two markets for residential grade injection molded plastics that Orange County has sold residential injection molded plastics to, both are located in the Reidsville NC area. Blue Ridge Recycling and Plastic Revolution use injection molded plastics to make plant pots, black plastic garden hose, parking bumper stops, wire sheathing and intermediate products that they sell to other end-users.

    These markets are not nearly as well established for residential non-bottle plastics as those for blow-molded plastics, so we want to make our collected material as attractive as possible by having a good sort; that is #2, #4 and #5 ONLY, and only at our Solid Waste Convenience Centers. In this case the resin identification number does matter a great deal. NO #1, 3, 6 or 7, no bottles, no bags, and as dirt, metal, and food free as possible (rinsing food containers is good).  Proper sortation prior to going to market helps keep the value of the commodity up and our collection costs down, and hopefully keeps the market happy and using our collected plastics to make new stuff.

    There are currently no domestic markets for #1 PET non-bottle plastics such as clear plastic clamshells and produce boxes (strawberries, lettuce, etc). PET trays and cups are different from bottles (lower intrinsic viscosity) but the greater concern for PET bottle reclaimers in accepting this material is the risk that they might end up with other plastics that look like PET trays or PET cups such as PVC #3, PS #6, or bioplastic PLA #7, a major no-no for petroleum-based plastic recycling. Not only do the PLA containers which are made from corn, look like PET, they sink like PET during the critical float/ sink processing phase (PP#5, HDPE#2, LDPE#4 float). These other plastics have a different melt temperature than PET and therefore even small amounts can create serious problems.

    China is a viable market for non-bottle PET resins, however this is not exactly a "local" market. Chinese remanufacturers might use  the PET thermoforms to go into polyester fiber and paint products. If MRF's are accepting it here in North America then it is probably going to China, where it is being recycled. The 2009 NAPCOR PET bottle recycling rate report gives a good outline of where we are with PET recycling, though it is vague about non-bottle PET recycling it is clear that material is being collected and is moving through the markets.

    For more industry information on plastics recycling visit:

    Association of Post-Consumer Plastic Recyclers

    National Association for PET Container Resources

    Rigid Plastics

    Non-Bottle Plastics #2, 4 and 5 can be recycled at Solid Waste Convenience Centers in the purple dumpsters.  Items include:

    •Plastic buckets -- remove metal handles if possible

    • Plastic cups-- no #1 Solo cups

    • Plastic tubs and tub lids-- yogurt, margarine, sour cream, etc.

    • Plastic drums -- must be empty, remove both ends

    • Plastic flower pots -- larger than one pint only, no dirt

    • Plastic nursery trays -- must be rigid, no soft bubble packs

    • Black plastic drain pipe--no ABS #7 or PVC #3

    • Plastic lawn furniture --no PVC #3

    • Plastic laundry baskets

    • Plastic hangers -- opaque tubular type only, not wire hangers or clear plastic hangers with metal hooks or clips

    • Plastic dish drainers

    • Plastic garbage cans

    • Plastic recycling bins

    • Plastic milk crates

    • Plastic soda crates

    • Plastic pet carriers-- remove metal gate

    • Plastic toys- no metal axles or battery operated toys (recycle battery operated toys with electronics at Solid Waste Convenience Centers instead)

    • Plastic totes and tote lids 

    See our Rigid Plastics for pictorial representation of these items. NO #1,3,6 or 7 plastics please. NO METAL ITEMS (including battery operated toys, or toys th metal axles)

    Scrap Metal
    Scrap metal must be recycled in Orange County. Visit the Construction and Demolition page for more information on the Regulated Recyclable Materials Ordinance. Residents can recycle one pick-up truckload of scrap metal per day or weekend period at Solid Waste Convenience Centers. Residents and businesses can bring unlimited quantities for free to the Orange County Landfill. Items should be all or substantially metal. Electrical wire is also accepted.

    Shoes

    Donate to local organizations (see Clothing) or,

    Smoke Detectors

    There are two types of smoke detectors.  Ionization detectors contain a small amount of americium-241 - a radioactive element. Some consider the radioactivity to be so low that it is harmless and can be disposed of in regular trash. Others believe that these detectors should be properly disposed of.


    Send the detector back to its manufacturer (name and address should be stamped inside unit), or surface mail or UPS ground it to:

    • First Alert
      Radioactive Waste Disposal
      780 McClure Road
      Aurora, IL 60504-2495
      (630) 851-7330
    Photoelectric detectors can be safely disposed of in the trash. Be sure to remove the battery from detector before disposal. See Batteries

    Sports Equipment

    5318 New Hope Extension

    Durham NC

    (919) 493-7300


    • Sport Endeavors
      431 US Hwy.70A East
      Hillsborough, NC
      (919) 644-6800
      "Passback" program collects used but still playable gear and sends it to players who are otherwise unable to afford equipment.
    Steel Cans
    Recycle curbside, at drop-offs or apartment complexes. Empty, tuck lids inside and crush flat. Labels are OK.

    Styrofoam
    Also known as #6 expanded polystyrene or EPS. Learn more about expanded polystyrene production, distribution and management at the Alliance of Foam Packagers website.  Expanded polystyrene constitutes less than 1% by weight of the solid waste stream. It is a high volume, low value, low weight material and Orange County does not have recycling programs in place for it. However, clean and dry Styrofoam packing peanuts, flat sheets and block, along with bubble wrap and plastic pillow packs are accepted for reuse at the following locations. Call ahead to make sure they have the capacity to accept what you are bringing them.
    • Pack it Ship it 
      1202 Raleigh Road
      Chapel Hill, NC  27517
      (919) 968-1181 

    • Johnny T-Shirt
      416 Millstone Drive
      Hillsborough, NC
      (919)644-2501
    • Myra Dotson
      8418 Orange Grove Rd.
      Chapel Hill, NC 27516
      (919)270-7534
      myradotson@mindspring.com
      Will pick-up in Orange County

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    (Styrofoam peanuts, bubble-wrap and air pillows)

    • Nancy Solberg
      Green Hill Farms
      (919)309-0649

    (Peanuts only)


    • Wrap, Pack & Ship
      1024 Mebane Oaks Rd.
      Mebane, NC
      (919)563-2591

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    (Styrofoam peanuts, bubble-wrap and air pillows)

    • UPS Stores

      1289 N. Fordham Blvd.
      @ Fordham Square Suite A
      Chapel Hill, NC
      (919) 932-9117

      Harris Teeter North Shopping Center
      1818 Airport Rd.
      Chapel Hill, NC
      (919) 960-0900
      Hwy 54 & Main Street
      Carrboro Plaza (next to Food Lion)
      Carrboro, NC
      (919) 918-7161
      510 Meadowmont Village Circle
      Chapel Hill, NC
      (919) 942-6262


    Large Foam Shipping Pieces

    • Tuscarora Plastics
      1741 East C Street
      Butner, NC
      (919)575-5100

    Food Service Styrofoam

    3219 Wesleyan Road
    Randleman, NC 27317

    336- 495-1101


    Syringes
    There is no local program to recycle used syringes. Dispose of used syringes in a certified "sharps" container or use a thick plastic puncture resistant container such as a plastic peanut butter jar or laundry detergent bottle. Don't use glass as it might break. Cap the used syringe if possible, drop it in the container, screw lid on tightly, and then place it in your regular trash.

    Download this helpful poster to share with your healthcare community and ask your doctor's office or other health care provider if they can help you with syringe disposal.

    Textbooks

    Bookstores and thrift stores are not interested in taking used textbooks. 

    There are online textbook collection companies accept used textbooks:

    Green Textbooks

    Better World Books

    UNC Chapel Hill conducts a book drive in May at the end of each academic year and will accept used textbooks on campus at that time.  Contact the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling for more information.



    Textiles

    Donation locations:

    103 Jones Ferry Rd.

    Carrboro, NC 27510

    (919)-967-1272

    Donation Center

    99 S Elliott Rd.

    Chapel Hill, NC 27514

    (919)-942-9412


    Worn-out clothing or other textiles not suitable to go directly on the thrift store sales floor is sold by the pound by the PTA. Bag separately, keep clean and dry, and mark as 'rags', then bring them to one of the donation points.

    923 Franklin Street

    Durham, NC 27701

    Accepts fabric and other sewing notions for resale.


    Visit the Directory of Markets for Recycled Materials, provided by the NC Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach, for a list of textile recyclers.

    Tires
    Residents can bring up to 5 automotive tires per week or weekend period to any of the Solid Waste Convenience Centers. Tires from local businesses should be brought to the Orange County Landfill. Recycle bicycle tires here as well.

    Toner Cartridges

    See Electronic Equipment and Scrap or:

    • Laser Age
      102 N. Main Street
      Roxboro, NC 27573
      (336)599-8733
      Remanufacturer of laser printer toner cartridges. Delivery and pick up available.
    • Laser Plus
      2808 S. Miami Blvd.
      Durham, NC
      (919) 485-0032
      Remanufacturer of laser printer toner cartridges, ink jet cartridges and laser printers. Printers are refurbished and given to Durham School System. Delivery and pick up is available.


    White Goods
    (See appliances)
    Residents can bring up to two large appliances, such as washing machines and refrigerators to any of the Solid Waste Convenience Centers for recycling. Residents and businesses can bring large appliances to the Orange County Landfill for recycling at no cost.

    Wine Corks

     

    105 E Main St.

    Carrboro, NC 27510

    (919)441-0972

    Will be used in upcycled art and fashion production.  Also accepting other items, contact the gallery for a full list.

    All three locations, Carrboro, Southern Village, and Hillsborough.  Natural wood cork only, please.

     

    Wood Waste

    Clean Wood (wood that has not been painted or treated), including pallets and plywood, must be separated and recycled in Orange County. Visit the Construction and Demolition page to find out more about the Regulated Recyclable Material Ordinance. Residents can bring up to one half a pick-up truckload of clean wood waste (wood that has not been painted or treated) to Solid Waste Convenience Centers.

    Yard Waste
    Compost at home and make your own organic fertilizer to enhance gardens and landscapes! Orange County Solid Waste Management sells compost bins known as the "Earth Machine" for $50 at the administrative office, 1207 Eubanks Rd. Chapel Hill, Monday - Friday 8:00-5:00.

    If you live in the unincorporated areas of the county, Solid Waste Convenience Centers accept up to one pick up load of yard waste per day or weekend period from Orange County Residents at no charge.

    Alternatively, if you live in a single family residence within the towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill or Hillsborough, you can contact your Public Works Departments to find out how they collect your yard waste from the curb.

    email: publicworks@townofchapelhill.org