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The Waste and Recycling division is responsible for the removal of residential garbage, yard waste, and recyclable materials.

Public Works Admin Building
303 West Franklin Street
Salisbury, North Carolina 28144

Sustainability Coordinator

Allie Thies
(704) 638-2098

Crew Leader

Mark Pulliam
(704) 638-5256

Be a Recycling Hero: Know what to throw, clean empty and dry containers, and no plastic bags!

Be A Recycling Hero!

Why Should I Recycle?

Recycling is very important as waste has a huge negative impact on the natural environment. Harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses are released from rubbish in landfill sites. Recycling helps to reduce the pollution caused by waste. Habitat destruction and global warming are some the affects caused by deforestation.

Rowan County Recycling Services

Who Provides The City's Recycling Services?

Residential and business curbside recycling collection is provided through a contractual agreement with Republic Services, beginning July 6, 2020. Prior to July 6, the City was contracted with Waste Management for recycling services. Automated trucks are used to collect your recycling and recycling collection occurs every other week on the same day as your garbage collection. To learn more about your recycling service, please visit the Republic Services website​ where you can find more information about what you can recycle and what your route schedule looks like.

Contact Republic Services


Recycling Calendar

Each year, the City provides a recycling calendar. The map shows whether your home/business in a blue or green collection area. The blue or green corresponds to the highlighted weeks on the calendar, letting you know which week you can expect your recycling service. Your recycling collection day is the same day as your garbage collection day. Recycling services are every other week, in contrast to the weekly garbage collection.

2022 Recycling Calendar 2022 Calendario de Reciclaje
2021 Recycling Calendar 2021 Calendario de Reciclaje

Recycling Do's and Don'ts


List of Recycling Do's and Don'ts in English
Lista de lo que se debe y no se debe hacer en el reciclaje en español

Accepted Items:

  • Clean numbered plastics 1, 2, & 5
    • All plastic bottles and jugs have to be narrow neck
  • Aluminum, tin, and steel cans
  • Milk & juice cartons
  • Flattened Corrugated cardboard
  • Flattened box and paper board
  • Mixed paper, newspapers with inserts and junk mail
  • Magazines & phonebooks

Restricted Items:

  • Glass (recycle at Rowan County facilities)
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic bags
  • Non-numbered plastics
  • Disposable cups
  • Hangers
  • Toys
  • Paint cans
  • Shredded paper
  • Household glass
  • Electronics

Can glass be placed in the recycling stream?

Send glass to Rowan County facilities for recycling.

Will you service businesses?

If a business is able to manage a recycling bin like a residential home, you are able to receive recycling services. Please contact 704-638-5300 to set up recycling service.

May I order a second bin?

Yes. Additional bins can be ordered for an additional cost. Please contact (704) 638-5300 to order the second bin. There will be no charge for the second bin, but there will be an addition collection fee that will be applied to your monthly bill.

I have never had a recycling bin/My recycling bin was stolen. Will I receive a new bin?

Yes. Every resident in the city limits will receive a new recycling bin. Recycling information pack will be included with your new bin.

What items can I recycle?

Accepted Items include: Office and school papers, catalogues, brown paper bags, junk mail, cleaned plastic bottles/containers, magazines and newspapers, cleaned cans (steel, tin and aluminum), phone books, corrugated cardboard and box and paper board.

What items can’t be recycled?

Unaccepted items include: glass, food, yard waste, scrap metal, frozen food containers, ceramic materials, hazardous items, non-recyclable plastics, plastic trash bags, cloth / clothing, shredded paper, liquids, loose plastic bags and package wrap or any soiled items, pizza boxes, glass bottles and jars (brown, clear, green and blue)

Have recent efforts to clean the recycling stream been effective??

With recent education efforts to inform residents about how to “Recycle Right,” we’ve reduced our contamination rate by 10 tons per month. Our residents should be congratulated. Recycling Right helps to save money and help the environment.

Correct Cart Placement

With our collection service, cart placement is extremely important to guarantee our trucks can access them for pickup on collection days. The mechanical arm on the garbage trucks needs to have clear access to your cart(s). Proper cart placement also ensures your cart(s) are not missed on your scheduled collection day.

Please see the example below showing proper cart placement.

Cart Rules

  • Place your Garbage and/or recycling in the cart(s) provided to you by Republic Pro.
  • Put your cart(s) at the roadside by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.
  • Do not overfill or place things outside of your cart.
  • Place your cart(s) within two feet of the roadside, with the handle facing toward your property.
  • Each cart should have three feet between it and any other item such as another cart, mailbox, telephone pole, etc.

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