History of Solid Waste Disposal and Recycling in Johnston County
How to Recycle at the Drop-Off Locations (Convenience Sites)
How to Recycle with Private Curbside Pickup
How to Recycle within the Towns
In 1989, Johnston County developed a method for residents of the county to dispose of their garbage in a manner which is safe for the environment and more functional for its users. Since then, 12 manned Convenience Centers have been constructed to provide a means of recycling and disposing of solid waste. This method has been proven to be a relief on the environment and is more economically cost effective for the county residents.
Because of the increasing population and more restrictive regulations, solid waste disposal costs will continue to increase during the next decade for everyone. A clear understanding of the county's solid waste program will help keep operating costs down and make Johnston County a clean and more beautiful place to live.
Recycling is one of many ways to reduce the amount of waste entering the landfill. As technology advances, the costs associated with recycling will decrease. This encourages industries to use these recycled materials and promotes the preservation of natural resources. Currently, recycling is voluntary and is recommended for all county residents. Bins are available at the convenience sites and at the landfill for anyone who wishes to recycle selected items. You do not need to have a trash decal to recycle. There is no charge for recycling.
Johnston County citizens who use the Convenience Sites to dispose of their garbage are required to purchase a decal annually and display it on their vehicle. The price of this decal covers a portion of the costs associated with operating the sites, transportation of waste, and landfill fees.
If you have any questions regarding recycling and/or waste disposal, please contact
the Johnston County Solid Waste Division at 919-938-4750.
How to Recycle at the Convenience Sites
RECYCLING AT THE CONVENIENCE CENTERS IS FREE. Bins are available at the Convenience Centers and Landfill at no charge for anyone who wishes to recycle selected items. Commercial businesses should take large volumes of recyclables to the Landfill.
Effective April 1, 2011 each County Drop-Off Location offers comingled recycling containers. It is no longer necessary to separate out your individual items for recycling. All items can be placed into the commingled recycling containers.
The following items are accepted in the commingled recycling containers:
Glass food and beverage containers: Brown, clear, and green only. All glass containers must be empty and free of food debris. NO glass cookware, bakeware, ceramics, porcelain, window glass, automobile glass, light bulbs, or mirrors.
Plastic food and beverage containers: Symbols #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 screw/snap/pop-top containers, pigmented plastic containers, and plastic tubs. All plastic containers must be empty and free of food debris and all other contaminating material. NO plastic bags, microwave dinner trays, motor oil containers, paint containers, or herbicide or pesticide containers are allowed.
Rigid plastic: Plastic milk and soda crates, plastic laundry baskets, plastic lawn furniture, plastic totes, plastic drums, plastic coolers, plastic drinking cups, plastic 5-gallon water bottles, plastic toys, plastic chairs, plastic jugs, plastic flower pots, plastic pallets, plastic garbage cans and bins, etc.
Corrugated cardboard: Cardboard must be flattened and free from food debris, styrofoam, wood packing material, and all other contaminating material.
Paperboard: Cereal boxes, shoe boxes, tissue boxes, paper towel spools, poster board, etc. All paper fiber must be free of food debris and all other contaminating material.
Mixed paper: Newsprint, magazines, catalogs, telephone books, printer paper, copier paper, paper bags, mail and all other office paper without wax liners. All paper fiber must be free of food debris and other contaminating materials. No shredded paper is allowed.
Aluminum food and beverage containers: Cans, plates, trays, and foil only. All aluminum items must be empty and free of food debris. NO aluminum doors or windows.
Metal food cans: Iron cans, tin cans, and bi-metal cans only. All cans must be empty and free of food debris. NO scrap steel, paint cans, household items such as cooking pots, toasters, coat hangers, etc.
The following recyclables are prohibited from Landfilling and must be removed from your regular garbage. Containers are provided at the centers to dispose of these items.
NOTE: Some items are not accepted at the Convenience
Centers and MUST be taken to the Landfill.
View the Learn about the Landfill
page for a list of items that must be taken to the Landfill.
How to Recycle with Curbside Pickup
Most of the private, curbside trash pickup companies in the County offer recycling pickup
along with the trash pickup. Contact your private trash pickup company for more details on their services.
How to Recycle within the Towns
Each of the towns in the County has different policies and services provided. For more
information on what services are provided by your town, see
Waste and Recycling Information by Town.