Recycling/Managing Special Waste

What goes in the recycling bin?
Aluminum beverage cans                                 Paperboard (Cereal, shoe and gift boxes)
Aluminum foil (no food residue)                        Plastics #1-7
Aluminum, steel & tin food cans                       Plastic bottles
Empty Aerosol cans                                        Rigid plastics (buckets {not pesticide}, plastic
Gable-top paper cartons (milk & juice)               toys, lawn furniture). Must be under 2 ft. in
Green, brown & clear glass                               length & under 40 lbs.
Junk mail, catalogs & magazines                     Six-pack rings                    
Margarine containers                                      Sorted office paper
Newspapers                                                  Telephone books
                                                                   Yogurt cups

What should stay out of the recycling bin?
Antifreeze & motor oil containers                Light bulbs
Auto/window glass                                    Mirrors
Bagging material                                      Paint cans
Ceramics                                                 Plastic bags, clam shells & wrap
Chemical containers/hazardous waste         Plastics that have come in contact w/ petroleum
Coat hangers                                                   products/medical waste  
Frozen food trays                                      PVC pipe/tubing
Hardcover books                                       Stamps & stickers in junk mail
Household items (toasters, cooking             Styrofoam
        pots or pans, etc.)                             Vinyl siding

Motor Oil
Today, almost 60% of the nation's automotive oil is changed by consumers themselves. You can recycle your used oil from cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, and lawnmowers.

Recycling your used oil is not as hard as some may think, you can:
  • Put your used oil in a clean plastic container with a tight lid.  Do not allow water to accumulate in the container. Be sure to not mix it with anything else (paint, gas, solvents, antifreeze, etc.)
  • Take it to a service station or other location that collects used oil for recycling.
  • Bring it to a Collection Tank at one the following convenience centers: Site 1-Elm City, Site 2-Hwy 117, Site 5-Lucama, Site 7-Hwy 42 West, Site 11-Hwy 581, Site 12-Landfill Road and Site 13-Hwy 42 East/Landfill.
Oil filters are to be recycled and can be disposed of at the following convenience centers: Site 1-Elm City, Site 2-Hwy 117, Site 5-Lucama, Site 7-Hwy 42 West, Site 11-Hwy 581, Site 12-Landfill Road and Site 13-Hwy 42 East/Landfill.

Please contact the Wilson County Solid Waste Services with any questions at (252) 399-2823.

Gasoline
Gasoline is one of the most dangerous substances found around the home. It is both highly flammable and extremely toxic. Improper disposal and storage of gasoline not only presents a health and safety hazard but also threatens the quality of the environment.

Never dispose of gasoline by:
  • Pouring it on the ground
  • Pouring it down the drain
  • Throwing it in the trash
It is also important to remember to never mix gasoline with other products.

Additional information on gasoline recycling and management of other selected hazardous materials can be found on the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District website.

Please call 252-399-2823 for additional information that is applicable to conditions found in Wilson County.

Electronic Waste


Under North Carolina law, electronics are banned from disposal in landfills. Wilson County Solid Waste Services accepts electronic waste at all 13 of its convenience centers for recycling. In addition to our 13 convenience sites, business such as Best Buy also accept electronics for recycling.

Some examples of common recyclable electronics include:
  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Computer Monitors
  • Printers/Fax Machines
  • Cell Phones
Please contact Wilson County Solid Waste Services at (252) 399-2826 if you have any further questions regarding electronics recycling.