City of Greenville releases list of items it does not recycle


GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – The City of Greenville wants to decrease recycling contamination by reminding residents about what items should NOT be placed in recycling containers collected by the city.

Greenville officials said these are the 12 most common contaminants found in the city’s recycling containers:

  • Styrofoam
  • Diapers
  • Electronics or batteries
  • Tanglers (cords, hoses, wires, etc.)
  • Plastic wrap, bubble wrap, or plastic bags
  • Greasy food containers
  • Clothing or textiles
  • Food waste
  • Hazardous or medical waste
  • Household glass, mirrors, ceramics, or scrap metal
  • Yard waste
  • Paper towels, napkins, straws, to-go cups, solo cups or lids

To help Greenville residents better understand what cannot be recycled at city recycling centers, officials will place signs with prohibited items, similar to the image below.

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