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Multi-Family Recycling Program

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Recycling cart sites are located at over 95% of multifamily complexes (apartments, town homes, and condominiums) in Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough. These sites are available to residents 24-hours a day, seven days per week.

CLICK HERE for the Orange County Commercial Recycling Program

The materials listed below are collected in labeled wheeled carts at one or more locations at multi-family sites. Recyclables can be mixed all together in a "Single Stream" 

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

ENGLISH MFU RECYCLING GUIDE

SPANISH MFU RECYCLING GUIDE

KOREAN MFU RECYCLING GUIDE

MANDARIN MFU RECYCLING GUIDE

NO RECYCLING IN PLASTIC BAGS! If you collect your recyclables in a plastic bag, remove recyclable materials from the bag prior to placing them in the carts and discard the bag elsewhere. Grocery bags can be reused, or recycled at many local grocery stores.

DO NOT leave Corrugated Cardboard in the recycling carts at your apartment, condo or townhome locations. Most multi-family locations in Orange County provide a corrugated cardboard recycling dumpster for their residents. Ask the manager at your complex about corrugated cardboard recycling and if it is not available you can recycle corrugated cardboard at Drop-off Locations.  Corrugated cardboard from is banned from landfill disposal and must be recycled.

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

MATERIAL SPECIFICATIONS DO NOT INCLUDE

tubsTubs, cups and buckets #2, #4 and #5

Tubs, cups and buckets and other rigid non bottle plastics #2, #4, #5 only.

#1 or #6 boxes, clamshells, or styrofoam, no #7 PLA, no plastic bags or other non-rigid plastics. Recycle clean dry plastic bags at grocery stores.
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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 or other non-rigid plastics, No 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 with mixed 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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Single layer cardboard; pizza boxes are OK
if cheese and grease free.

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

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Food and drink cartons of all types

Flat-topped and gable topped drink boxes.  Must be empty and rinsed. Plastic spouts are OK.   

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

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Magazines

24-hour recycling drop-off sites have Magazine Racks for the reuse and sharing of magazines in good condition.  

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