Can't Donate it? Recycle it!

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg area has a number of  full-service and self-service recycling centers throughout town. Find one close to you to drop items that cannot be salvaged or donated to help keep them out of local landfills.


How to prepare for recycling: 

  • Break down cardboard boxes/crates and remove any plastic or styrofoam packaging.
  • Clean and rinse all cartons and plastics of food and liquid waste prior to recycling.
  • Remove caps and lids from bottles and containers
  • Always check to make sure there are no non-recyclables mixed in with your items prior to dropping at a recycling location! 


Aerosol cans
Aluminum cans
Glass bottles/jars
Juice boxes 
Milk and juice cartons
Plastics 1-5 & 7
Spiral paper cans
Steel/tin cans


Auto parts
Bottle caps/lids
Mini blinds
Paper plates/napkins
Pizza boxes
Plastics #6
Plastic bags
Plastic food trays/cups
Shredded paper
Wire hangers
*May be scheduled for bulky item pick up

According to state law, plastic numbers 1 & 2 and aluminum should always be recycled and never discarded in the garbage.



Full-Service Recycling Center 

North Mecklenburg Recycling Center and Yard Waste 
12300 N. Statesville Rd.

West Mecklenburg Recycling Center 
8440 Byrum Dr.

Hickory Grove Recycling Center and Yard Waste 
8007 Pence Rd.

Foxhole Recycling Center and Yard Waste
17131 Lancaster Hwy. 


Self-Service Recycling Centers

Park Road Park
5300 Closeburn Rd. 

Uptown Recycling Center
11th St. Between Tryon &College St.

McAlpine Creek Park Recycling Center
8711 Monroe Rd. 

Rozzelles Ferry Road Recycling Center
5800 Rozzelles Ferry Rd.

Renaissance Park
4635 Tyvola Rd

William R. Davie Park
4635 Pineville-Matthews Rd.

Blythe Landing
15901 Highway 73 
Huntersville, NC

Davidson Recycle Center
Jackson St.
Davidson, NC

Reedy Creek Park
2900 Rocky River Rd.

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