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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 1

Monday, January 15

Monday, May 27

Thursday, July 4

Monday, September 2

Monday, November 11

Thursday, November 28

Friday, November 29

Tuesday December 24 

Wednesday, December 25

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

- Most recycling is free *There are fees for Electronics, Paint, and Tires (see below)  

- Trash disposal fee: $0.50 per bag if you also bring recycling

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

- Limit: 5 bags of trash per day

- 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.   


Plastics Bin: Only plastic bottles, jugs, and food containers with a #1 or #2 imprinted in the chasing arrows symbol on the bottom, or bottles with this how2recycle label accepted.             

Nothing larger than 1 gallon in size. 


Hefty ReNew Program Plastics Bin: Plastic packaging, plastic bags and wraps, styrofoam products, plastic dinnerware. Click here for details and full list. 

*PLEASE NOTE: You must purchase orange Hefty ReNew bags in order to use the Hefty Bin.

Loose Styrofoam, loose plastic items, or Styrofoam or plastic in any other type of bag are not permitted.

*Unacceptable Plastics (for Plastics or Hefty Bin) include: plastic storage tubs or lids, plastic tubing, large plastic items such as buckets, chairs, barrels, kiddie pools, toys, etc. regardless of the number on them, plastics with no numbers (other than those with how2recycle label- see above)

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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