Our recycling program is as convenient as possible because we want to encourage everyone to make recycling part of your daily routine… to make it second nature! Put recyclables all together in your blue cart – it is separated at the local Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).
Recycling keeps materials that can have a "second life" out of our landfills. And it preserves the resources and conserves the fuel used to make new materials "from scratch." When you recycle, more trees and other natural resources, cleaner air and water, more beautiful land (fewer landfills) – and even new jobs (in the recycling industry) – will be "at your disposal" and the disposal of generations to come.
We take many more recyclable items than plastic, aluminum and newspaper. Please take the time to read more about out program and the items you can recycle. If you need a larger blue cart (96 gallon) you can purchase one by calling our customer call center at 433-1329, filling out an order at FayFixIT, or stopping by the Solid Waste Division at 455 Grove St. Carts are $53 and we will deliver it for an additional $11.50. If you turn in your small recycling cart, the purchase price of the large blue cart is $20.
Feel free to contact us with your questions or feedback by clicking the Contact Us button on this page.
Thanks for recycling. It's good for all of us!
It runs the gamut! Items you can put in your cart for curbside recycling include:
- Glass (bottles and containers only): Brown, Clear and green
- Aluminum cans
- Steel cans
- Plastic bottles
- Water bottles
- Milk jugs
- Detergent containers
- Newspapers, including inserts and magazines
- Corrugated cardboard and food/cereal boxes
- Mixed paper
- Office paper
- “Junk mail”
- Brown paper bags
- Phone books
- Catalogs, magazines
- Clean aluminum foil
- Clean aluminum pie pans, food trays
- Etc.(look for the recyclable “stamp” on the bottom)
Dos & Don’t-Have-Tos
- You DO NOT have to remove labels or caps from recycled items
- You DO NOT have to crush plastic containers, but you can if you choose to save space
- Please DO empty containers (remove food, drink, etc.) and give them a quick rinse
- Please DO remove plastic bags from food boxes (they are not recyclable)
- Please DO break down larger boxes so they fit in the cart.
Items That Cannot Be Recycled
- Glass (other than bottles and containers) including sheet glass and mirrors
- China, porcelain or ceramic dishes
- Plastic bags
- Plastic wrap
- Electronics of any kind
- Oil containers (plastic or otherwise)
- Cellophane wrap
- Paper or cardboard with a wax coating
- Soggy paper or wet cardboard
- Empty oil quarts or other petroleum product containers
- Bulky plastic items like toys and outdoor furniture.
Banned Materials - ABC Permits
It’s easy! Use your blue recycling rollout cart to collect your recyclables all week long (see list of items you can recycle on the Recycle What section). Just pitch it all in – NO NEED TO SEPARATE ITEMS – we do that for you! Roll your cart out curbside by 7 a.m. on your weekly pickup day. Curbside recycling service is being provided to Fayetteville city residents who live in single-family dwellings. If you’re the property owner, a $42 fee will appear on the tax bill you receive in (or around) August. All homeowners will pay this fee as part of the tax bill.
It makes sense in so many ways!
Recycling saves resources used to make new materials.
- It takes about 24 trees to produce one ton of non-recycled office paper.
- Producing a ton of steel from recycled materials saves 2,500-pounds of iron ore, 1,400-pounds of coal and 120-pounds of limestone.
Recycling saves energy.
Consider the approximate energy savings when producing various products from recycled materials, rather than “virgin” materials:
• 30% less energy for recycled glass
• 60% less energy for recycled paper
• 66% less energy for recycled plastic
• 95% less energy for recycled aluminum cans
Recycling significantly reduces both air and water pollution.
- Producing paper from trees requires more water than any other industrial process in the U.S, and dumps billions of gallons of wastewater into our waterways each year.
- Producing one ton of recycled steel creates 86% less air pollution.
- Recycling also reduces the need for landfills and incinerators, which create pollutants that contaminate the air and groundwater.
Recycling is good for the economy.
It enables valuable raw materials, resources and energy to be used more wisely.
Recycling creates jobs.
- Projections show that a 20% increase in recycling would create up to 500 new jobs in North Carolina.
Recycling has many benefits for our natural environment and our economy. Now that convenient, comprehensive, curbside pickup is at your disposal, we’re hoping it will become second nature for everyone to recycle. We also want to assure you that your recyclables are truly being recycled.
City Council's goal following the startup of the curbside recycling program for single family homes was to initiate an on-site opportunity for multi-family complexes. It is listed as a Top Priority in Council's 2010-2011 Strategic Plan.
City Council approved an ordinance on February 28, 2011 requiring all multi-family complexes of more than seven units on a single parcel to provide recycling for their residents. The effective date of the ordinance is August 28, 2011.
Complex owners and/or managers are to contract with a commercial recycling hauler for weekly pickup and set aside an area of containers on the complex property. Residents will be notified that the program is in place and what can and cannot be recycled. Owners and/or managers are to provide a bi-annual report to the City’s Solid Waste Division of the amount of recyclables collected. This is a state requirement.
The State of North Carolina prohibits the disposal of plastic bottles, aluminum cans and other items in the landfill. Recycling not only reduces the cost of making new products, conserves water, natural resources and reduces air pollution, it also provides a legal method of disposing of plastic bottles and aluminum cans.