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Which week is my recycling collected?

The recycling schedule map displays the general areas where recycling is collected from City of Wilmington Recycling & Trash Services customers.  Recycling is collected every other week on the customer’s established trash collection day.  Download the City's Recycling & Trash Services recycling collection calendar or request through customer service.  Recycling through the city’s services are only available to City of Wilmington Recycling & Trash Services customers. Typically, multi-family, institutional and commercial entities as well as single-family residences on private streets contract with private haulers for both trash and recycling service. If you have any questions, please call City of Wilmington Recycling & Trash Services customer service at 910.341.7875.

What can I recycle?

Items that can be recycled include:
  • Aluminum cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Tin and steel cans
  • Newspaper, including all inserts
  • Mixed plastic containers identified with #1 - #2 on the container's bottom
  • Rigid plastic (Ex. laundry baskets and plastic tubs)
  • Mixed paper, including magazines and junk mail
  • Catalogs (under 2 inches thick)
  • Cardboard boxes(flatten first)
  • Cereal and food boxes
  • Gabled drink containers, juice boxes, carton drinks
  • File folders and computer paper
  • Metal pots and pans without plastic handles

Special Items

The City’s recycling program is a voluntary curbside collection program.

  • Recycling is provided as part of your trash collection, at no additional charge. To sign up, call 910.341.7875.
  • Recycling is collected is on the same day as trash pick up, but on a bi-weekly collection schedule.
  • Place your recycling bin in the right-of-way by 7:00 a.m. and remove it as soon as possible once it is emptied.
  • Do not put anything in your recycling bin that is not recyclable.
  • Do not put plastic bags in the recycling bin.
  • Extra recycling that will not fit inside the bin can be put in white or clear bags, a personal container, or a cardboard box.  Extra recycling does not require extra trash stickers.
  • Rinse out the items before placing them in your recycling bin.
  • Lids and caps are acceptable recycling items.
  • Please flatten any cardboard boxes.

Residents who are not city trash customers may use the recycling drop-off centers located throughout the county. For location information, visit the New Hanover County Department of Environmental Management web page or call 910.798.4400.

Recycling Items Video

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