Recycling: How & Why
You play an important role in the recycling process and you are helping Iredell County every time you recycle. The success of the program depends on each of us doing our part for our future environment. A few simple things to remember are:
  1. Know what is recyclable - View a list of recyclables or ask for a brochure at any of the Iredell County recycling locations. Schools and civic groups are offered programs to teach recycling through the Environmental Services Supervisor.
  2. Remember as you collect the materials at home that you should take all lids off (they jam machines), we don’t have to take labels off but it is good to rinse containers out. Papers can include staples and plastic windows.
  3. Always sort each different material into the appropriate bin at the recycling site and please, never put the storage bag or container in the bin too.
  4. When plastic bags or boxes are tossed in with the recyclables someone has to remove them. This is unnecessary labor that can be avoided by removing the materials as they are placed in the bin. When a glass jar is put in the bin to recycle and it still has food in it or we put brown and clear glass in the same bin we contaminate the whole load. A load of glass is about 9 tons and all is lost if there is contamination.
  5. Be sure to always read the signs posted and pay attention to directions and new items recycled. The rules change often as markets for the materials change so keep up to date and help encourage others too.
  6. When we throw away just one can or bottle we are throwing away our precious resources as well as a marketable commodity. We should all be more aware of what we throw away. There is no "away," the trash has to go somewhere.
Please help! We all can make a difference - recycle today! 
  1. Accepted Recyclables

    Take a look at a list of things that you are allowed to recycle.

  2. Asphalt Shingle Recycling

    Find out how you can recycle your old asphalt shingles.

  3. Automotive Recycling

    Learn about the different aspects of cars that can be recycled such as tires, motor oil, batteries and more.

  4. Banned Items

    Find out what items are not allowed to be recycled in Iredell County, North Carolina.

  5. Business & Industry Recycling

    Sign up for recycling for your business or industry and find out what is allowed.

  6. Education

    Get to know the educational opportunities surrounding recycling in Iredell County.

  7. Junk Mail Terminator

    This information will help you get off mailing lists and stop unwanted telemarketing calls and email spam.

  8. Residential Recycling

    Take advantage of the opportunity to have recycling picked up at your residence.