Recycling in Winston-Salem

The Recycle Today program provides recycling collection to single-family households, some small businesses, and multi-family units that have requested recycling service. Collection is performed by a private contractor, Waste Management.

The program recycles newspapers, magazines, telephone books, junk mail/office paper, chipboard, corrugated cardboard, glass jars and bottles, all plastic bottles, aluminum beverage cans, steel food and beverage cans, aerosol cans, cardboard milk and juice cartons, and aluminum foil and pie tins. No sorting is needed, but please follow the Preparing Materials guidelines. Rollout recycling carts must be at the curb by 6 a.m. on collection day. Please ensure that the cart is at least three feet from any other object, including another cart. Do not place your cart under low-hanging wires or branches.


Recyclable materials are taken to a Materials Recovery Facility where they are separated, baled, and prepared for market. Ultimately, those recyclables will come back in the form of new products.


The City also provides a drop-off station for recyclable materials at the Hanes Mill Road Landfill that can be used at no charge. Additionally, nine drop-off sites for corrugated cardboard are provided at select fire stations throughout the city. Through a contract with Forsyth County, the City manages Forsyth County’s two Drop-off Recycling Centers.


Recycling is the right economic and environmental choice. Recycling INCREASES the life span of landfills; SAVES money, natural resources and energy; REDUCES air and water pollution; and CREATES jobs and market demand for recyclable products. Any way that you look at it, recycling is the right thing to do!



Definitions of Recycling Terms

CHIPBOARD - paperboard packaging for food and other miscellaneous products, such as cereal, cracker, pasta and other food packages; paper towel and toilet tissue rolls; detergent, facial tissue, shoe boxes, etc. Chipboard is usually brown or gray on the inside and does not include boxes with waxed, aluminum or plastic coatings, such as milk, juice, frozen food cartons.


CONTAMINATION - occurs when an unacceptable item is placed into a recycling container. Contamination hinders and sometimes ruins otherwise good recyclables, costs money, and must be transported to the landfill.


MULTI-FAMILY HOUSEHOLD - a building containing more than one dwelling unit, such as apartments, condominiums, and town houses.


PAPER PRODUCTS - recyclable items consisting of newspaper, magazines, junk mail and office paper, telephone books, chipboard, and corrugated cardboard.


RECYCLABLE - means that the used item can be used as a raw material to make new things. It does not mean that the item was made from recycled materials or can be recycled in your community.


RECYCLED - means that new products or packaging have been made from used materials.

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