Residential Recycling

Residential recycling is a every other week service and is collected on your regularly scheduled collection day.

  • Place all recycling at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on your collection day.
  • Place the roll-out carts at least 2 feet apart and 2 feet from obstructions that may interfere with collection (i.e. mailboxes, fire hydrants, parked cars, etc.).
  • Retrieve carts by 9:00 p.m. on your collection day.

How to Obtain a Recycling Cart

  • If you are a City of Concord resident, recycling roll-out carts are free, just call 704.920.5555.
  • If you are a business, call 704.920.5361 to learn about City recycling services available to you.

Properly Prepare Your Recyclables

  • Please rinse all bottles, cans, etc. before placing these items into your recycling cart. Remove and discard all plastic lids and pumps.

Acceptable items for recycling
Click to download printable PDF of acceptable materials.

Yes! Put these Items in Your Roll-Out Recycling Cart


  • Plastic bottles, jugs and jars
  • Metal cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Paper, cartons and cardboard

Recycling Cardboard Boxes

  • Remove all packing materials.  Place these in your trash - be sure they are in tied, plastic bags before they go into the garbage cart.
  • Break down (flatten) all cardboard boxes and cut down into 3 feet x 3 feet sections (or smaller) and place inside of your recycling cart with the lid closed.
  • Lay smaller boxes near the top of your cart to prevent jamming.
  • Boxes filled with items unacceptable for recycling will not be collected.


Did you know that cardboard boxes are not considered bulky waste?

If you have boxes that are too large to fit within your recycle cart, please contact us 24 hours in advance of your scheduled recycling collection day (Green/Blue week).

·                     Contact us via CARTology or our Customer Care Center at (704) 920.5555.

·                     Flatten the cardboard and stack curbside. Boxes should be free and clear of packing materials.

(Cardboard boxes can be collected once per quarter per calendar year)

No! Do NOT put These Items in Your Roll-Out Recycling Cart

  • Please do not bag recyclables 
  • Plastic Bags, Plastic Film, or Plastic Wrap (recycle these at participating stores)
  • Batteries
  • Shredded Paper
  • Diapers
  • Disposable cups, cutlery, plates or bowls (plastic and paper)
  • Electronics
  • Food-tainted items
  • Hazardous waste
  • Medical Waste
  • Scrap Metal or Wood
  • Ceramic items
  • Tanglers (cords, hoses, wires, etc)
  • Toys
  • Styrofoam or Peanuts
  • Audio & Video Cassettes, or Photographic Film
  • CDs & DVDs
  • Rubber or Tires
  • Paint Cans
  • Household Glassware
  • Clothing (or other fabric)
  • Household Garbage
  • Gift Wrapping Paper with Foil Backing
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Pesticides, or Herbicides, or Oil Containers
  • Garden Hoses
  • Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) Bulbs and Fluorescent Tubes 
  • Place your CFL bulb into a sealed plastic sandwich bag in case of breakage. CHL bulbs are accepted at the following locations (from residential customers only):
  • Cabarrus County Household Hazardous Waste Facility
  • Cabarrus County Governmental Center
  • Cabarrus County Cooperative Extension Building
  • Concord Public Library
  • Kannapolis Library
  • Mount Pleasant Library
  • Harrisburg Library
  • Concord Senior Center
  • Cabarrus County C&D Landfill

Cabarrus County Recycling Centers

(for multi-family developments without recycling)

For a complete list of items accepted at the recycling centers, go to:

In addition to curbside recycling, items can be dropped off at one of these recycling centers:

Cabarrus County Landfill Recycling Convenience Center
4441 Irish Potato Road, Concord
Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sat 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

HHW Facility Recycling Convenience Center
246 General Services Drive, Concord
Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Additional items accepted at the Cabarrus County Household Hazardous Waste Facility:

  • Used Motor Oil & Oil Filters
  • Automotive Batteries
  • Scrap Metal (bicycles, aluminum siding, metal ducts, copper pipes, power equipment – drained, and more)
  • Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Used Tires (maximum 5 per load, Cabarrus County Landfill Only)
  • Used Cooking Oil
  • Oyster Shells (Cabarrus County Landfill Only)

2024 Recycling & Bulky Waste Calendar


Alfred M. Brown Operations Center
635 Alfred Brown Jr Court SW
Concord, NC 28026

Customer CARE Center


Robin R. Barham



Gregory Holt

Deputy Director


Melvin Myrick



Troy Savage

Administration Manager


Valerie Proper

Senior Customer Service Specialist


Sandy Franklin

Customer Service Specialist


Marques Entzminger

Compliance Inspector


Ashley Baker

Executive Administrative Assistant