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Recycling

RECYCLING

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The City of Rocky Mount collects recyclables on the same day as household trash and yard waste collection. This service is provided by the Environmental Services Division and involves the collection of co-mingled recyclables from each single family residence within the City. Coming led collection provides residents with the flexibility to place all of the irrecyclables into a single container which is then collected by the city and sorted at a facility equipped to handle and process this material. To guarantee collection, residents should place their container at the curb no later than 7:00 am on their day of collection. Recycling for multi-family locations and businesses are provided through four (4) drop-off sites located throughout the City (map depicting drop-off locations). Learn more.

In February 2014, the Environmental Services Division converted approximately 6,300 residential customers to twice per month collection through the use of rollout carts. The carts used for recyclables have blue colored lids with specific information about the items which are accepted by our current materials recovery facility. In addition to the information stamped on the lid, a brochure with more information and a detailed collection schedule was developed and delivered with each cart prior to initiating service. In January 2015, all residential customers were converted to twice per month collection. The goals associated with the conversion include:

  • Improve the quality of service and increase residential participation by making curbside recycling more convenient.

  • Increase the amount of recyclable material collected which will result in decreased waste being sent to a landfill. This will also reduce disposal costs incurred by the City.

  • Make it easier for residents to take recyclable materials to the curb through offering a larger recycling container with an attached lid and wheels. Wheeled containers are easy to move; attached lids will help keep neighborhoods cleaner by preventing recyclables from blowing.

  • Allow the City to implement twice per month collection in the neighborhoods receiving the carts. The combination of larger containers and twice per month collection should result in more participation as well as lower fuel consumption.

Residential customers converted to twice per month collection have been assigned to one of two routes (green route or red route). A map identifying each route by day of week can be accessed here. Customers of the green route receive service on the first and third weeks of the month and customers on the red route receive service on the second and fourth weeks of the month. The first week of the month is defined as the first week that includes a Tuesday as this allows for collection on all four days. For more detailed information regarding this schedule and for the twice per month recycling program in general, download the appropriate brochure below.