Recycling is collected once every two weeks by Waste Connections on the same day as trash and yard waste collection. Recycling should be curbside in the designated blue container by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day. The method of collection is single-stream, so all recyclable items can be placed into your 96-gallon cart. For additional information on recyclables and Mecklenburg County Full Service Recycling Centers, visit

A brief description of items that can be recycled Blue Recycling Can Opens in new windowcan be found through our partners at Mecklenburg County Solid Waste. 

Recycling Guidelines

  • Do not bag recyclables.
  • Leave three feet of space between all curbside containers 
  • Leave two feet of space between a container and a stationary object, such as a mailbox.
  • Only place items designated for recycling into your curbside containers. Learn more by visiting
  • Do not put household bulk trash into your recycling container. Just because it fits, does not mean it belongs there. Schedule and pay for a one-time bulk pick-up, or dispose of it at a Mecklenburg County Full Service Recycling Center.
  • Rinse food and residue from recyclable items.
  • The recycle container lid must be completely shut when placing it curbside.
  • Please do not place plastic bags or wraps in curbside containers.
  • Do not put electronics or batteries in curbside containers.

Non-Compliant Items

Recycling that does not meet the above criteria will be tagged as non-compliant. If the resident makes recycling conform, it will be collected at the next regularly scheduled pick-up date.

Items NOT appropriate for curbside recycling include: 

Recycling schedule

Recycling is collected once every two weeks. A residence is either collected on "A week" or "B week." Learn when recycling is collected at your residence.

Other Resources

Residents can also drop off recyclables at the North Mecklenburg Recycling Center, located at 12300 N. Statesville Road. Contact the center for more information at 980-314-3867.