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About Recycling in Salisbury

Why is recycling important?

Recycling is very important as a waste reduction step to reduce harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses being released in landfill sites. Recycling also reduces the amount of raw materials that need to be excavated for to create the products we use.

Who provides Salisbury's recycling services?

Residential and business curbside recycling collection is provided through a contractual agreement with Republic Services, beginning July 6, 2020. 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.

Contact Republic Services


What is and isn't recyclable in Salisbury?

Acceptable Items:

  • Cleaned plastic bottles/containers numbered plastics 1, 2, & 5
  • Cleaned aluminum, tin, and steel cans
  • Flattened Corrugated cardboard
  • Flattened box and paper board
  • Mixed paper, newspapers with inserts, junk mail, magazines, phone books

Unacceptable Items:

  • Glass (recycle at Rowan County facilities)
  • Food
  • Yard waste
  • Frozen food containers
  • Scrap metal
  • Styrofoam, disposal cups/plates
  • Plastic bags and plastic wrap
  • Non-numbered plastics
  • Hangers
  • Toys
  • Paint cans, hazardous items
  • Ceramic materials
  • Liquids
  • Shredded paper
  • Electronics
  • Pizza boxes
  • Dirty, soiled or unclean items

When is my recycling collected? (Recycling Calendar)

Recycling will be collected on the same day as your trash, on a bi-weekly schedule. Place your recycling bin at the curb, with the handle facing away from your house, by 7 a.m. on your collection day.

To look up your bi-weekly collection schedule, please refer to the Recycling Calendar:

2024 Recycling Calendar (PDF) Calendario de Reciclaje de 2024 (PDF)

Why can't glass be placed in Salisbury's recycling bins?

Glass is no longer accepted in your recycling bin due to how abrasive the material is on machinery, and current market trends. If you would like to recycle your glass, please visit to find the nearest Rowan County recycling convenience center by you.

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.

My recycling wasn't picked up.

o Please contact Public Works at (704) 638-2098 .

Contact Us

Sustainability Coordinator

Allie Elstermann
(704) 638-2098

Sanitation Manager

Bailey Teixeira
(704) 638-5256

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

My Curbside Services

Click on the map below to lookup your waste collection days:

My Collection Services Map

If you have any issues loading the map, feel free to contact us for assistance to lookup what services are provided to your location.

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 Services.
  • 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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