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Recycling: Curbside & Drop Off

Thank you for your interest in recycling in Brunswick County, NC. Here you will find information about what items are/are not accepted for recycling, how to receive curbside collection, where to drop off accepted recyclables, and more.

Brunswick County partners with Sonoco Recycling for the processing and marketing of collected recycled materials.

Important Reminders

Empty out all food and liquids.

Empty and rinse all accepted plastic, metal, and glass recyclable materials.

Remove tape from cardboard boxes and flatten cardboard.

Do not bag your recyclables! Return bags to grocery stores and participating retail stores for proper recycling.

Accepted Items


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  • Plastic Cartons (Cartons used for milk, juice, soup, broth, wine, cream, egg substitute cartons, etc. Empty and rinse clean before recycling.)
  • Plastic Containers (Milk jugs, soda, water bottles, and detergent bottles. Empty and rinse out the container. Spray nozzles should be removed and discarded. We do NOT accept containers that contained motor oil or pesticides.)
  • Plastic Bottles (Bottles used for water, soda, condiments, etc. Empty and rinse clean before recycling.)
  • Plastic Tubs (Empty and rinse clean before recycling.)
  • Plastic Jugs (Jugs used for laundry detergent, drinks, etc. Empty and rinse clean before recycling.)
  • Plastic Jars (Empty and rinse clean before recycling.)


  • All Cans (Any metal container used for soup, pet food, vegetables, condensed milk, etc. Empty and rinse out cans before recycling.)


  • Glass Bottles (Remove the lid, empty contents, and rinse clean before recycling. Does not need to be color separated.)
  • Glass Jars (Remove the lid, empty contents, and rinse clean before recycling. Does not need to be color separated.)


  • Books (Softcover books can be recycled “as is”. For Hardcover books, remove and discard the spine and front and back covers.)
  • Cardboard (Flatten cardboard boxes and remove tape. Do NOT leave Styrofoam in the cardboard containers.)
  • Cartons (Cartons used to hold liquids like juice, milk, stocks/broths, etc. Empty and lightly rinse cartons to remove leftover residue and reduce contamination.)
  • Mixed Paper (Office paper, magazines, paper bags, cereal and food boxes, craft paper, wrapping paper, junk mail, brochures, catalogs, and phone books. Shredded paper is NOT accepted.)
  • Newspaper (Newspaper inserts can be recycled as well.)
  • Paper Cups or Cartons (Paper cups, such as to-go cups used at restaurants and coffee shops. Empty and lightly rinse cups to remove leftover residue and reduce contamination.)
Non-Accepted Items

Please keep these items out to avoid contamination:

  • Aerosol Cans
  • All batteries (car, lithium, etc.)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Ceramic items (dishes, plates, cups, pots, etc.)
  • Clothing or textiles (fabric)
  • Construction debris or yard waste (scrap metal/wood, nails, etc.)
  • Diapers
  • Electronics
  • Food-tainted items
  • Hazardous waste (Learn more about hazardous waste disposal on our Household Hazardous Waste Collection page.)
  • Hardcover books
  • Household glass (windows, lightbulbs, etc.)
  • Liquid waste (paint, cleaners, etc.)
  • Medical Waste
  • Plastic bags/wrap
  • Plastic cups, lids, and straws
  • Receipts
  • Shredded paper
  • Styrofoam/packing peanuts
  • Tanglers (cords, hoses, wires, etc.)
  • Tires
  • Toys

Note: Many of these items cannot be recycled, but can be disposed of at the Brunswick County Landfill. Click here to learn more.

Recycling: Curbside Collection

GFL Environmental offers curbside recycling collection to all residents of Brunswick County. There is an annual fee for the service, which includes the cost of the 96-gallon, blue roll-out cart and bi-weekly recycling collection. For rates or to sign up, contact GFL Environmental at 910-253-4177 or visit

Recycling: Drop Off Sites

As part of Brunswick County’s solid waste management system, the Solid Waste & Recycling Division collects a variety of materials for recycling. Our team services 13 drop-off sites throughout the county. These sites are for the convenience of Brunswick County residents that want to recycle materials that would otherwise be placed in their garbage containers.

Green dumpsters are provided at the following sites for all county residents and property owners to drop off their single stream recycling:

Brunswick County Landfill

The landfill is open from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday and 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Brunswick County Convenience Centers

The convenience centers are open from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

Brunswick County Parks

Park hours are based on Daylight Savings Time. In the summer months, the Parks are open 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. In the winter months, the Parks are open 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Brunswick County Government Complex

An additional location is available to residents at:

Collection Day Info
Contact Waste Industries

(910) 253-4177



(910) 253-2520
Open Mon-Fri:
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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