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The Forsyth County Department of Recycling and Solid Waste operates 3 recycling convenience centers where residents can drop off a variety of materials for recycling, as well as household trash. Residents may place their pre-sorted items for recycling (loose, no bagging) in the various labeled bins. Please see below for a list of accepted items. 

*The Forsyth County Recycling Convenience Centers are for Forsyth County residents only. 

Hours of Operation

Monday - Saturday

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

CLOSED Sundays and Holidays


Monday, January 2

Monday, January 16

Monday, May 29

Tuesday, July 4

Monday, September 4

Friday, November 10

Thursday, November 23

Friday, November 24

Monday December 25 

Tuesday, December 26

- Cash only please. No bill larger than a $20 bill

- Most recycling is free

- Trash disposal fee: $0.50 per bag for recycling customers

- Trash disposal fee: $1 for non-recycling customers

- Limit: 5 bags of trash 

- Recycling or not, each trash bag beyond 5, will be                charged $2 per bag

- No minimum bag size, maximum 32 gallon

- Need a bag? Empty 32 gallon trash bags can be                purchased at the center for $1 which includes disposal

- Residential trash and recycling only (no commercial or      business waste accepted) 



Boxes: Paperboard and corrugated cardboard (Please flatten all boxes)


Paper: Newspapers, office paper, envelopes, shredded paper (keep in bag), magazines, junk mail, phone books, and catalogs

Unacceptable Paper: paper towels, tissue, wax coated, food stained paper


Glass: Clear, brown, green, blue (food and beverage containers ONLY) 

Unacceptable Glass: light bulbs, window glass, drinking glasses, mirrors, crystal, chinaware


Aluminum Cans: All types of aluminum beverage cans, clean foil and foil pans


Food Cans: Steel or tin, and food cans 


Scrap Metal: All oil, gas liquids must be removed from metal items before recycling. Metal car parts, washers, dryers, dishwashers, microwaves, sinks, tools, shelving, open drums, water heaters, lawn mowers, grills, pipes, wire, fencing, tire rims, etc. are accepted. 

Unacceptable Scrap Metal: propane tanks, aerosol cans, flammable items, pressurized tanks, paint cans, items containing freon.   


Plastic: Only plastic bottles, jugs, and food containers with a #1 or #2

on the bottom, or bottles with this how2recycle label accepted.             

Nothing larger than 1 gallon in size. 


Unacceptable Plastics include: plastic tubing, large plastic items such as buckets, chairs, barrels, pools, toys, etc. regardless of the number on them, plastics with a number other than #1 or #2, plastics with no numbers (other than those with how2recycle label- see above), no plastic bags or plastic film/wrap.


Paint: Liquid or dried latex-based and oil based paints and stains in original containers. We do not accept leaking cans. 

  • Latex                                        

1 quart can or smaller- $1   

1 gallon can- $3                               

2 gallon bucket- $5

5 gallon bucket- $10 


  • Oil

1 pint can- $1

1 quart can- $2

1 gallon bucket- $4

5 gallon bucket- $15


Books: All types, hardback and paperback accepted in any condition


Clothing and Shoes: All sizes in any condition 

Eyeglasses and Sunglasses: Any condition


Ink Cartridges: Ink jet, laser toner


Cooking Oil: Peanut, vegetable, olive, canola (NO synthetic oils)

Propane Canisters: Small empty non-refillable cylinders only 


Motor Oil: Used motor oil free of gas, water, and other chemicals 


Oil filters: Used oil filters of all types


Antifreeze: All types

U.S. Flags: Cloth only, any condition.

Batteries: Rechargeable batteries, Alkaline batteries, and Lead Acid batteries 

*Learn how to safely prepare your batteries for drop off here. 

TiresCoal Mountain Location Only- Tires: $3 each, $15 on the rim. No solid tires.

Limit 6 tires per week.  For larger quantities, please call our office. 

Electronics: Tolbert Street Location Only- Televisions: $12 each

(No wood console or rear projection TVs) 

All Other Electronics: $2 per item or $5 unlimited  

PLEASE NOTE: We are a Convenience Center and not a landfill. We take BAGGED household trash and recyclables only as specified.



NO yard waste

NO hazardous materials 

NO liquid cleaners, liquid pesticides or liquid fertilizers - as a general rule these types of liquid should be absorbed into some type of material like kitty litter or rags and dried completely. The dried material can then be bagged and disposed of as regular household trash. (Trash disposal fee applies. Or you may bring them to our bi-annual Household Hazardous Waste Event.

NO mattresses, furniture, large item of any type that will not fit into a trash bag (32 gallon size or less). Large metal items, electronics, and tires are the only exception and can be recycled according to the center guidelines. *For electronics and tires, disposal fee applies. 

NO Styrofoam in the recycling - styrofoam must be bagged and disposed of in trash. (Trash disposal fee applies.)

For disposal options for items we do not accept, please see Frequently Asked Questions. 

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