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Whether your community enjoys the convenience of curbside recyling service

or you recycle at one of  Rutherford County's 10 Convenience Centers

you no longer have to sort any of it.

Just toss it all in one place...we sort for you

Watch this video to see how it's done!



This approach is a forward-thinking and practical recycling   program providing an E-Z way to divert waste from our landfills. Instead of paying to have our trash hauled away, we save money by having all of our recyclable material picked up at no cost to the county. The more we keep out of the landfill, the lower we can keep your annual convenience center usage fees.


 Rutherford County currently has to pay about $50 per ton to transport all of the county’s trash to an outside landfill.  So, instead of paying to haul it to a landfill where it sits forever unused, our recyclable material is picked up at no cost and turned into useful products once again. It’s win-win.


Think of it this way:  Why pay to haul it to a landfill when others are willing to pick up the same material?  The more we recycle, the lower our expenses.  E-Z recycling encourages county residents to do their part in keeping the trash portion of their tax dollars as low as possible and in doing so you actually help the economy.

 Okay, But how does it help the Economy? While the environmental benefits of recycling are well known, what is less known is that recycling is an economic success story as well. By turning waste into valuable raw materials, recycling creates jobs, builds more competitive manufacturing industries and adds significantly to the U.S. economy. In North Carolina alone, approximately 14,000 jobs are directly related to the recycling industry.



What We've Got for You...


There's a lot of information out there and we know it can be a bit to trudge through, so we've compiled some of the best resources for recycling in Rutherford County.  Visit the links provided on the navigation bar.



Recycling Starts Young

One of our biggest projects recently has been working with Rutherford County Schools administration to develop a systemic school recycling program.  Now, every public school recycles paper, cardboard, cans and plastic and, with over 10,000 students enrolled, the program is diverting tons of waste from the landfill each week.

   Types of Plastic and Codes


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Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE)
Commonly used in soft drink, juice and
water containers. 

High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
Commonly used in opaque plastic
milk and water jugs. 

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC or V)
Commonly used for cling wrap. 

Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
Commonly used in grocery store bags and
plastic wraps.

Polypropylene (PP)
Commonly used in “cloudy” plastic
containers such as baby bottles.

Polystyrene (PS)
Commonly used in disposable cups and

Usually polycarbonate. Commonly used in
most plastic baby bottles, clear plastic
sippy cups and water bottles.