Stick to It: Recycling Right

A person adheres to a recycling cart a sticker that lists recyclable items.

Mecklenburg County, N.C. — November 15 is America Recycles Day. This Wednesday, residents are encouraged to reflect on their habits to reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.  

Mecklenburg County Solid Waste and Recycling and community partners are making it easy to see what should go in recycling carts. 

The County is offering free stickers that residents can apply to their recycling carts as a reminder of what is accepted for curbside recycling pickup: plastic bottles and jugs with necks, cardboard, paper, metal cans, cartons and juice boxes, and glass jars and bottles. The stickers also have a QR code that connects to for more information.  

County residents recycle millions of materials per month: 

  • 8.2 million soda and water bottles.  

  • 1.15 million milk and laundry detergent jugs. 

  • 2.9 million aluminum cans. 

Residents can always use another reminder about recycling right. Curbside recycling is limited due to the sorting systems at the Material Recycling Facility. Additionally, putting the right items in the curbside bins helps reduce curbside recyclable contamination.  

To get a sticker, go to the Land Use and Environmental Services Agency main office at 2145 Suttle Ave. in Charlotte, or to the fee booths at any of the four full-service centers:  

Help make recycling more sustainable in Mecklenburg County. Residents interested in adding stickers to an HOA neighborhood or street can contact [email protected]. The County is relying on Wipe Out Waste Ambassadors to share and apply stickers in some neighborhoods.   

Information about recycling and waste diversion is available at To submit a waste disposal and recycling question, email [email protected]. Find out about recycling events at