Where does it go?

This directory is to help users properly dispose of, or divert items from, landfill disposal. Orange County Solid Waste Management does not promote any particular business. This is only to serve as a guide and is not necessarily complete. However, if you would like an item added, or if you know of an organization or individual who would accept items for reuse, repair or recycling that belong on this list, let us know at recycling@orangecountync.gov.  
Reuse is better than recycling!  For used but useful items consider offering them for reuse at:

  • The Scrap Exchange in Durham; the premier creative reuse center accepts a wide variety of reusable materials and thrift. 

Aerosol cans

Aluminum cans

Aluminum foil/pans/pie tins

Aluminum Scrap and Siding

Antifreeze

Appliances

Appliances in NON-working condition

Architectural Salvage

Asphalt

Audio and Video Cassette Tapes

Ballasts

Batteries

Bicycles

Books

Bubble Wrap

Buttons

Caps and Lids

Car Seats

Carpet/Carpet Pads

Cartridges

Ceiling Tiles

Cell phones

Chemicals

Christmas Light Strings

Clothing

Coat Hangers

Compact Disks, Computer Disks and DVD's

Computer Equipment

Concrete, Brick and Cinderblock

Construction Waste

Corrugated Cardboard

Crayons

Cups, Tubs and Buckets

Diesel Fuel

Drywall / Gypsum Wallboard

Egg Cartons

Electronic Equipment and Scrap

Eyeglasses

Film Cannisters

Fire Extinguishers

Fluorescent Bulbs

Furniture

Gasoline

Glass

Grease, Fats and Oil

Greeting Cards

Grocery Bags

Hazardous Waste

Junk Mail

Land Clearing Debris

Magazines

Mattresses

Metal / Scrap Metal

Mercury Containing Materials

Mixed Paper

Mobile Homes/ Manufactured homes

Newspaper (and all inserts that come with the newspaper)

Oil

Oil Filters

Oil Tanks

Packaging

Paint & Paint Cans

Pallets

Pesticides

Pharmaceuticals/ Prescriptions

Phone Books

Photographic Chemicals

Pizza Boxes

Plastic Bags

Plastic Bottles

Plastic Containers

Rigid Plastics

Scrap Metal

Shoes

Smoke Detectors

Sports Equipment

Steel Cans

Styrofoam

Syringes

Textbooks

Textiles

Tires

Toner Cartridges

White Goods (aka Large Appliances)

Wine Corks

Wood Waste

Yard Waste