Frequently Asked Questions

Residential recycling in Concord is better than ever!

Our fully-automated recycling service makes it easier than ever for you to make a commitment to become an avid recycler! 

What can I recycle?

Residents will be able to recycle many new items to further reduce the waste going to the landfill. Please rinse all food, drink, or other residues from items first. Here’s an updated list of recyclable items:

Empty Aerosol Cans (no paint cans)

All Plastics (no Styrofoam, bags, or film)

Wide-Mouth Plastic Containers & Lids  

Rigid Plastic Containers & Small Hard Plastic Toys  

Milk & Juice Cartons, & Juice Boxes 

Shredded Paper (placed in clear bag)

  • Aluminum Cans
  • Metal Food Cans & Lids
  • Glass Bottles & Jars
  • Cereal & Food Boxes
  • Cardboard Boxes
  • Mixed Paper, Newspapers with Inserts, & Junk Mail
  • Paperback Books
  • Magazines & Phone Books
  • Spiral Paper Cans (with plastic lids detached)


What about these items?

  • Computers, printers, and old televisions and small appliances like toasters, vacuum cleaners, and blenders:  Simply place these items by the curb after 5pm the day before your collection day or before 6am on your collection day.
  • CFL light bulbs (spiral energy saving bulbs): Do not place them in your recycling cart or garbage cart (they contain mercury) – take them to Cabarrus County Public Libraries, the County Manager’s Office, or the Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
  • Pizza boxes: Clean pizza boxes are OK, but those contaminated with grease & food residue are not recyclable.
  • Plastic Bags, Plastic Film, or Plastic Wrap (recycle at participating stores).

What is my collection day?

  • Recyclables will be collected every-other-week.  Garbage is collected weekly, on the same day.
  • You will receive a calendar to help you keep track of your recycling collection schedule.
  • Additionally, you will be able to find your collection schedule by visiting the City’s website at

I’m interested in how automated collection decreases emissions!

  • Changing the collection schedule to every-other-week requires fewer collection vehicles.
  • Fewer vehicles will result in lower fuel consumption and reduce total fleet emissions, helping to improve local air quality.

What about me, I live in an apartment complex?

  • The City does not provide recycling to apartments with 6 or more units.
  • Contact your property management company about providing recycling services to your apartment complex.

I live in a condominium complex, can I recycle using a black recycle cart?

  • Yes – if your condo is developed with roads that can accommodate the automated collection equipment, curbside service may be available using the new recycling carts.
  • If your condo is developed with roads that can not accommodate the automated collection equipment, a centralized recycling collection point may be required.

Can I have two black recycling carts?

  • The City will supply a second black recycling cart to anyone who needs one at no cost.
  • Garbage is not allowed in black recycle carts.

How do I place my carts for service?

  • cart placement photoOn your scheduled pickup day, place your cart curbside, but not in the street.
  • The cart's wheels should be pointed toward your house (away from street).
  • If you live on a street without a curb, place them roadside 2 to 3 feet from the edge of pavement.
  • Do not place carts on sidewalks.
  • Place each cart 2 feet apart and 2 feet away from parked cars, mailboxes, fire hydrants, etc.

What do I do with recycling and garbage carts if I move?

  • Your recycling and garbage carts are property of the City of Concord, and coded to a specific street address. Please leave the recycling and garbage carts at the existing home if you move.  
  • When you arrive at your new home, call the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 to request new carts if they are not already there.  
  • Please do not call for carts prior to your move in date. Carts will not be delivered prior to taking occupancy of the home.

Make a commitment to reduce the amount of waste you produce (purchasing only items you need or will consume, and composting when possible), become an avid recycler (with even more items to recycle!), and reuse items that are still functional (be creative and find new uses, or pass them along to others). It’s an easy commitment that makes a world of difference!