In Guilford County, recycling is easy! Everything you recycle can be mixed together in your recycling bin. Recycling conserves resources, saves energy and valuable space in our landfills. Here’s a list of the materials that everyone can recycle:

Plastic Bottles & Containers:  Recycle all plastic bottles and containers including: soda, water, sports drinks, shampoo, milk, juice, sour cream, margarine, yogurt, etc.  Items should be rinsed and dry before going into the bin.  It’s okay to leave the caps and covers on.

Glass Bottles & Jars: Recycle only glass containers that come with food or drink in them. No perfume bottles, light bulbs, window panes, glass dishes or cookware. All colors of glass are accepted – clear, green, brown, blue. Items should be rinsed and dry with the caps removed.

All Cans – Aluminum, Tin, Steel & Aerosol: Recycle aluminum beverage cans, tin and steel food cans and any aerosol can that is empty. Metal pots and pans are accepted as well.  Cans should be rinsed and dry; lids can be hazardous to recycling center staff and should be removed and thrown in the trash.   Aerosol cans must be empty – remove caps and nozzles before placing in your recycling bin.

Newspapers: Only clean, dry newspapers can be recycled. Discard wrappers, bags and rubber bands. You may place the newspapers into a brown paper bag before recycling them – no plastic bags, please!

Magazines & Junk Mail: Recycle all magazines, catalogs, junk mail and inserts that are clean and dry. Remove all plastic wrappers.

Cardboard: Recycle cardboard that has not been contaminated with food or liquid. Before placing cardboard in your recycling bin, be sure to flatten boxes. Pizza boxes are okay as long as they are not contaminated with food or grease.

Chipboard: Examples include tissue boxes, cereal and other food packaging boxes. Remove and discard box liners and flatten boxes before placing them into your recycling bin.


Here are a few pointers to keep in mind:

Never place plastic bags in your recycling container; they will not be recycled.  Plastic bags get caught in the machinery and it takes time to separate them from the recyclable materials and send them to the landfill. Instead, take your plastic bags back to the grocery store where they’re happy to recycle them for you.

  • It isn’t necessary to remove labels from cans, bottles and jars.
  • All materials can be mixed together in your recycling container.
  • All materials should be clean and dry when placed in your recycling container.
  • Don’t recycle cardboard and paper that is contaminated with food or liquids.
  • Never place tissues, paper towels or paper plates in your recycling container.

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