Recycling & Sanitation


To provide efficient, reliable, and safe refuse and recycle collection systems/operations to all residents, businesses, and industries within our area of operation in a timely manner while being sound stewards of our environment, following all federal, state and local laws and guidelines.


The City of Clinton currently provides five recycling programs to citizens and businesses located within city limits. These programs include:

  • Cardboard Recycling
  • Curbside Recycling
  • Electronic Recycling
  • Fluorescent Light Bulb Recycling
  • Vegetable Oil Recycling

Curbside Recycling

Is provided to citizens and businesses on a biweekly basis. The following items are acceptable to be placed unbagged in the blue recycle rollout container: Paper and cardboard, plastic containers Number 1 to 7, aluminum cans, and steel food cans. By creating the curbside recycling program, the City of Clinton has helped to eliminate tons of recyclable items from ending up in the landfill.

Electronic Recycling

In 2010 the state of North Carolina passed a law banning electronic equipment from being disposed of in landfills. To abide by the law and to reduce the amount of banned electronic equipment from landing in local landfills, the City of Clinton implemented an electronic recycling program (PDF). This recycling program allows citizens to bring any accepted electronic equipment to the drop site located at 200 West John Street, behind the Police Department to be properly disposed of.

Vegetable Oil Recycling

The vegetable oil recycling program (PDF) is a service offered to the citizens. This program has been implemented to help reduce the amount of grease from being disposed of into the sewer lines. Any used grease that is free from food particles and in liquid form, may be brought to Public Works in a sealed container that is clearly labeled vegetable oil Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fluorescent Light Bulb Recycling

As part of a comprehensive Mercury Minimization Plan (MMP), the City of Clinton also offers fluorescent light bulb recycling (PDF) to its citizens. Because compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and fluorescent tube lights contain mercury, if they are broken or disposed of improperly, they can introduce mercury into the environment. The City of Clinton's MMP is an effort to reduce the amount of mercury that enters our surface waters, causing fish and other aquatic food sources to be unsafe to eat.

Cardboard Recycling

The City of Clinton also offers cardboard recycling to local businesses. Businesses may rent a dumpster for a $30 monthly rental fee for the use of cardboard. The City of Clinton empties the cardboard dumpsters weekly on Mondays and Fridays.

Hazardous Household Waste Collection

A service provided periodically to Clinton residents is hazardous household waste collection (PDF). Many household materials contain chemicals that can be harmful to the environment. If these materials are disposed of with ordinary trash and enter the landfill, harmful chemicals could potentially leach into the groundwater. If they are poured down the drain or flushed down a toilet, they can enter rivers, lakes, and other bodies of surface water. 

It is important to dispose of all household waste in a responsible manner that will not adversely affect our environment and, ultimately, our health. Please contact Public Works and Utilities at 910-299-4905 to find out dates and times when collection of hazardous wastes will occur.

Additional Information

For more information on any of these recycling programs that the City of Clinton offers, contact Public Works at 910-299-4905 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.