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Commercial Recycling

Orange County operates recycling programs for the commercial sector, however these services have limited coverage. Where available, Commercial Recycling services are provided at no direct cost to participating businesses. Call (919) 968-2788 or email us to find out if your business is eligible for the commercial recycling program or food waste collection program described below.

The materials listed below are collected in labeled carts at commercial recycling locations.

Businesses receiving this service are responsible for proper preparation of recyclable materials and cart and site cleanliness.  Our commercial recycling program’s primary focus is to serve those County businesses with ABC permits, but if your business is on or adjacent to one of our recycling routes you may also be eligible. A business must demonstrate a willingness to properly prepare materials for recycling, maintain the site, and there must be adequate space for and truck access to a collection location.

Corrugated Cardboard

Corrugated cardboard is banned from landfill disposal. Businesses that generate fewer than fifty boxes per week may use one of the five 24-hour drop-off sites located throughout the county.  Businesses may deliver unlimited amounts of separated cardboard to the landfill for recycling at no charge, or contract privately for cardboard recycling services.

Hazardous Waste

Orange County businesses that produce less than 220 pounds per month of hazardous material such as paint, pesticides, automotive fluids, fluorescent lights or any other material that might be toxic, flammable or otherwise hazardous can bring them to the Hazardous Waste Collection located at the Orange County Landfill on Eubanks Rd. in Chapel Hill.  Orange County businesses with more than 75 pounds of material must set up an appointment prior to delivering materials so that waiting times are minimized-- call (919) 968-2788 or email recycling@orangecountync.gov.

Technical Assistance

We provide technical assistance for waste reduction and recycling to businesses and other non-residential entities on request at no charge. This ranges from marketing questions, facility waste audits to helping to set up a recycling program.

Commercial Recycling Program

NEW as of July 2012-  Recyclables can be mixed all together in a "Single Stream". 

Posters for Commercial Recycling are available. Call (919) 968-2788, email us for delivery, or click the links below for a printable .pdf of the:

ENGLISH COMMERCIAL RECYCLING GUIDE

SPANISH COMMERCIAL RECYCLING GUIDE

Flatten what you can to save space in your cart, and on the recycling truck!

NO PLASTIC BAGS! If recyclables are collected in plastic bags, please remove the recyclables and discard the bag elsewhere.

MATERIAL SPECIFICATIONS DO NOT INCLUDE

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NEW!

In carts only, not curbside bins: Plastic Tubs and Cups

Small rigid non-bottle plastics #2,4,5 No clear plastic clamshells, no Styrofoam,

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Plastic Bottles, Jugs and Jars

Plastic bottles have a neck smaller than the base.  Leave the cap on! Flatten bottle or jug if possible and put the cap back on. No plastic bags, clear plastic clamshells or Styrofoam.

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Glass Bottles and Jars

Clear, brown, green and blue glass bottles and jars only.  Rinse clean. Lids and labels are OK. No dishes, ceramics, cookware, window glass, drinking glass, light bulbs, pyrex or mirrors

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Metal Cans

Aluminum and steel/tin food or beverage cans.  Tuck metal lids inside cans and crimp the edge shut. Flatten what you can to save space. No scrap metal, pots, pans or car parts.

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Aerosol Spray Cans

Must be completely empty.  Do not puncture or flatten.  

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Aluminum Foil and Trays

Must be clean. Rinse off any food residue and crush what you can to save space. No foil with food or lots of grease on it.

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Mixed Paper

Any clean, dry paper that tears. Junk mail, office and school paper, manila folders. Envelope windows and staples are OK. Shredded paper is OK if it is in a paper bag. No tissue or paper towels. No wax coated or laminated paper. Remove credit cards or other plastic items from junk mail.

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Paper bags

Paper bags only. No wax coated or plastic bags at the curb. 

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Single layer cardboard

Cereal boxes, cracker boxes, tissue boxes, paper towel rolls, frozen food boxes, etc. Remove any plastic or foil lining.   

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Drink cartons

Flat-topped and gable topped drink boxes.  Plastic spouts are OK.  Rinse clean and flatten.  

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Newspaper

Newspaper and associated inserts.  Remove plastic bags or rubber bands before recycling.

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Magazines

   

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Phonebooks

Phone books and other paperback books are OK. Must be clean. Remove from plastic bags before recycling.  No hardcover books.

Commercial Food Waste Collection

Orange County Solid Waste Management operates an Organics Recycling Program that diverts nearly 2,000 tons of food waste and other compostable organic material from landfill disposal each year. Collection and composting service is performed by our contractor, Brooks Contracting. This program accepts source separated organic materials such as kitchen and produce department prep waste, post-consumer plate waste, and other compostable organic materials from local restaurants, grocery stores, and food service establishments for composting. The finished compost is available to purchase locally at the Orange County Landfill and Southern States in Carrboro.