Urban Curbside Recycling

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Altogether now-- recycle in a SINGLE STREAM! There is no need to separate your recyclables-- commingle them together at the curb.

Click here for the list of materials collected at the curb in Orange County
Listen to the Commingle Jingle by Tim Smith and the Recyclettes (Turn on your speakers!)
2018 holiday schedule
Special Collection Form for Disabled Customers
Cart Set-out Guide, to help ensure proper and efficient cart collection
Town of Chapel Hill Residents only: Waste and Recycling Guide

Urban Curbside Recycling (weekly collection)
Residents within the town limits of Hillsborough, Carrboro, and Chapel Hill (including the portion of Chapel Hill within Durham County) in single-family homes or duplexes qualify for weekly curbside collection of recycling in 95-gallon roll carts. If you live within town limits find your recycling day on the alphabetical street directory:


  • Place your cart at the curb with 3 feet clearance from cars, trees and other objects.

  • Place cart with cart lid opening toward the street.

  • Line up the front of the cart so it is flush along the curb.

  • Place only the materials listed below in your cart.  Click here for a .pdf version of the current Urban Curbside recycling guide. If you would like a card mailed to you, please email us.

  • Items must fit loosely and the lid must be able to fully close. 

  • DO NOT BAG recycling in a plastic trash bag. Items must be loose inside cart.

  • Only items inside the cart will be recycled; items on top or left on the ground will not be recycled.

  • Empty, flatten, cut or fold corrugated cardboard boxes so they fit loosely inside cart.

  • NO plastic bags, styrofoam or garbage, please.

How do I get a replacement cart, or a repair? Contact our office if your cart is missing or it needs a repair.  Cart replacement costs $60, however there is no charge for a one time replacement if the loss or damage is through no fault of the household. If resident would like to lease an additional cart they may do so for an annual fee of $60.

Use your curbside recycling bins and carts for Bottles, Cans, Jars, Jugs, Tubs, and All Paper, all together in a sinlge stream.  See the list below for details.



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, clamshells, or 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! Flatten bottle or jug if possible and put the cap back on.
It is against NC State Law to landfill plastic drink bottles.
No plastic bags or other non-rigid plastics, No clamshells or Styrofoam.


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


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.


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.   

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

Empty and flatten boxes. Please be sure corrugated cardboard fits LOOSELY inside you cart! 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!