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 Convenience Center operations, please 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 up recyclables.
  • Please leave space between all curbside containers of 3 feet. Leave 2 feet between a container and stationary object such as a mailbox.
  • Do not put household bulk trash into your recycling container. Just because it fits, does not mean it belongs there. You can have bulk trash picked up by arranging a bulk pick-up or disposing of it at a Mecklenburg County Convenience Center.
  • Rinse food and residue from your recyclables.
  • Make sure your container lid is completely shut when placing it curbside.
  • Only place items designated for recycling into your curbside containers. Learn more by visiting
  • Please do not place plastic bags or wraps in your container.
  • Do not put electronics or batteries in your 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.

Items that are NOT appropriate for curbside service include: 

  • Appliances
  • Auto parts (Accepted at Mecklenburg County’s Full Service Recycling Centers)
  • Automotive Fluids
  • Bulky Waste
  • Car and Other Batteries (Take to one of Mecklenburg County’s Full Service Recycling Centers for disposal)
  • Ceramics
  • Clothing (Consider donating, if cannot be donated, place bagged items in garbage cart)
  • Construction Debris
  • Electrical Cords (Accepted at Mecklenburg County Full Service Recycling Center)
  • Electronics (Accepted at Mecklenburg County’s Full Service Recycling Centers)
  • Food Wrappers / Plastic Film
  • Food
  • Garbage
  • Hoses (Place bagged hoses in garbage cart)
  • Light bulbs and Household Glass (Bring to Mecklenburg County Full Service Recycling Center for Proper Management)
  • Mini blinds
  • Paint
  • Paper Plates / Cups / Napkins
  • Pesticides
  • Plastic Bags (Many stores have programs that accept these)
  • Plastic Food Trays / Cups / Cutlery
  • Plastic containers other than bottles with necks
  • Polystyrene Foam
  • Pots and Pans
  • Shredded Paper
  • Tarps
  • Wire Hangers
  • Yard Waste

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.

Recycling Center Locator - Enter Your Address to Locate the Nearest Recycling Drop-Off Center within Mecklenburg County. 

NC Division of Environmental Assistance & Customer Service Recycling Basics