Residential Recycling


Residential recycling is a free every other week service and is collected on your regularly scheduled collection day.

  • Place all recycling at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on your collection day.
  • Retrieve carts by 9:00 p.m. on your collection day.

How to Obtain a Recycling Cart

  • If you are a City of Concord resident, recycling roll-out carts are free, just call 704.920.5555.
  • If you are a business, call 704.920.5361 to learn about City recycling services available to you.
Properly Prepare Your Recyclables
  • Please rinse all bottles, cans, etc. before placing these items into your recycling cart. Remove and discard all plastic lids and pumps.


Yes! Put these Items in Your Roll-Out Recycling Cart

  • Plastic bottles, jugs and jars
  • Metal cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Paper, cartons and cardboard

Recycling Cardboard Boxes

  • Remove all packing materials.  Place these in your trash - be sure they are in tied, plastic bags before they go into the garbage cart.
  • Break down (flatten) all cardboard boxes and cut down into 3 feet x 3 feet sections (or smaller) and place inside of your recycling cart with the lid closed.
  • Lay smaller boxes near the top of your cart to prevent jamming.
  • Boxes filled with items unacceptable for recycling will not be collected. 

No! Do NOT put These Items in Your Roll-Out Recycling Cart

  • Please do not bag recyclables 
  • Plastic Bags, Plastic Film, or Plastic Wrap (recycle these at participating stores)
  • Batteries
  • Shredded Paper
  • Diapers
  • Disposable cups, cutlery, plates or bowls (plastic and paper)
  • Electronics
  • Food-tainted items
  • Hazardous waste
  • Medical Waste
  • Scrap Metal or Wood
  • Ceramic items
  • Tanglers (cords, hoses, wires, etc)
  • Toys
  • Styrofoam or Peanuts
  • Audio & Video Cassettes, or Photographic Film
  • CDs & DVDs
  • Rubber or Tires
  • Paint Cans
  • Household Glassware
  • Clothing (or other fabric)
  • Household Garbage
  • Gift Wrapping Paper with Foil Backing
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Pesticides, or Herbicides, or Oil Containers
  • Garden Hoses
  • Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) Bulbs and Fluorescent Tubes 
    Place your CFL bulb into a sealed plastic sandwich bag in case of breakage. CHL bulbs are accepted at the following locations (from residential customers only):
    • Cabarrus County Household Hazardous Waste Facility
    • Cabarrus County Governmental Center
    • Cabarrus County Cooperative Extension Building
    • Concord Public Library
    • Kannapolis Library
    • Mount Pleasant Library
    • Harrisburg Library
    • Concord Senior Center
    • Cabarrus County C&D Landfill

Cabarrus County Recycling Centers

(for multi-family developments without recycling)

For a complete list of items accepted at the recycling centers, go to:

In addition to curbside recycling, items can be dropped off at one of these recycling centers:

Cabarrus County Landfill Recycling Convenience Center
4441 Irish Potato Road, Concord
Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sat 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

HHW Facility Recycling Convenience Center
246 General Services Drive, Concord
Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Additional items accepted at the Cabarrus County Household Hazardous Waste Facility:

  • Used Motor Oil & Oil Filters
  • Automotive Batteries
  • Scrap Metal (bicycles, aluminum siding, metal ducts, copper pipes, power equipment – drained, and more)
  • Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Used Tires (maximum 5 per load)
  • Used Cooking Oil
  • Oyster Shells (Cabarrus County Landfill Only)