Rural Curbside Expansion

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Starting July 1, 2016 the Rural Curbside Recycling program will expand to include all single family homes and duplexes in Orange County.  The expansion will add approximately 7000 households and close to 800 roadways to the current rural recycling routes. Click here to see a MAP of the expansion area-- it is the unshaded region.

Rural Recycling Schedule List -- streets are listed in alphabetical order.  Click on the Route number to find your collection schedule.  Please be aware that recycling trucks can't drive down all roads in Orange County, so check the list if you need to recycle on another street, and what your every other week recycling schedule is. 
Click here for the list of materials collected at the curb
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Cart Set-out Guide, to help ensure proper and efficient cart collection

Residents can choose either one 95-gallon wheeled cart or two 18-gallon orange bins for every other week curbside collection. 
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There may be additional factors other than recycling location that influence your choice of using a cart or using bins, but be advised that curbside recycling staff will not collect both bins and carts from a single household. 
  • Cart dimensions are 45”high, 29”wide and 34”deep.
  • Bin dimensions are 14” high, 24” wide and 18” deep.

Every household in the expansion area should have received notification with a postage-paid return postcard to request a cart or two bins.  The deadline to return the postcard was March 31. 

Delivery of containers, and curbside recycling collection will start in June 27, 2016.  Residents that ordered their recycling containers by March 31 will receive them starting June 27.  Residents who requested their bin or cart after March 31 will start receiving them in August, 2016.

Call (919)968-2788 or email us with any comments or questions.  Please note the following:

  • We will only deliver recycling containers to households that request them.
  • There is no additional charge for this service. It, and other solid waste and recycling services are funded by the Solid Waste Programs Fee.
  • Recycling collection services and recycling container delivery in the expansion area will start in July 2016.
  • Curbside recycling will be collected every other week on a regular schedule.
  • You can start recycling on your scheduled day as soon as you receive your container(s).
  • A calendar card with your recycling schedule will be mailed June 24, 2016.
  • See the list below for materials collected at the curb in Orange County.
  • If you have a cart, please use only your cart.  Our collection staff will not collect bins and carts from a single household.
  • Whichever container you choose, please have them out by 7AM on your collection day.  Especially during the summer months, our crew wants to get out early to beat the heat.  If your bins or cart were out by 7AM on your collection day and were not collected, please CALL our office by the next business day so we can get to that issue right away: (919) 968-2788
  • Carts should be set out along the street edge with the cart opening facing the street, and nothing blocking the cart, or on top that could prevent access.
  • Leave items LOOSE!  Do not use a plastic bag to contain your recyclables, and don’t try to recycle plastic bags at the curb. Recycle them at grocery stores instead.     

It is not mandatory to use curbside recycling even though it is available to you.  Residents who use Waste and Recycling Centers for all of their solid waste management needs can still request a cart or bins to be delivered, even if they decide not to use the curbside service available to them.

It is Orange County's goal to encourage recycling County-wide, whether at the curb or at any drop-off center. 



Tubs, cups and buckets #2, #4 and #5

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

#1, #6, or #7 boxes or clamshells, no styrofoam, no #7 PLA, no plastic bags or other non-rigid plastics.  Recycle clean dry plastic bags at grocery stores.
crushedbottleslidssmall                                Plastic Bottles, Jugs and Jars Plastic bottles have a neck smaller than the base.  Leave the cap on!  It is against NC State Law to landfill plastic drink bottles; they must be recycled. No plastic bags or other non-rigid plastics, No clamshells or Styrofoam.

GlassbottlesjarswebGlass 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


Metal Cans

Aluminum and steel/tin food or beverage cans.  Tuck metal lids inside cans and crimp the edge shut. It is against NC State Law to landfill aluminum drink cans; they must be recycled. No scrap metal, pots, pans or car parts.


Aerosol Spray Cans

Must be completely empty.  Do not puncture or flatten.  


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.


Single layer cardboard

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

 Cardboard stack   Corrugated Cardboard (includes pizza boxes, if they are clean and empty)

Empty and flatten boxes.  If you are using a recycling cart, please be sure corrugated cardboard fits loosely inside your cart! If you recycle using orange bins, pieces must be no larger that 3'x3', limit 10 unless they fit inside your bin.  NO plastic or Styrofoam packaging!  Pizza boxes must be completely empty and free of cheese and grease.


Food and drink cartons of all types

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



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



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



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

 Thank you for recycling!