The bathroom is a room in the house where a number of everyday items we use come packaged in either paper, cardboard or plastic that can be recycled. Yet as few as 20% of Americans say they recycle in the bathroom. The reasons people give for why they don't recycle in the bathroom include, "I don’t know what items can be recycled in the bathroom" and "I don’t have a separate recycling bin in the bathroom." The following images show what common bathroom items can be recycled. 
Please contact Sara.Davarbakhsh@wakegov.com for recyclable plastic bottle examplesPlease contact Sara.Davarbakhsh@wakegov.com for recyclable paperboard item examples

Wake County Solid Waste Division is an advocate for recycling in every room in the home, so we are running a bathroom recycling initiative to help educate our residents on what common bathroom items can be recycled and placed in your curbside recycling bin or taken to a Wake County Convenience Center, and what items should not be put in the recycle bin. The following image shows those bathroom items that cannot be recycled at the curbside or at Convenience Centers.  
Please contact Sara.Davarbakhsh@wakegov.com for items not to place in the bin

bathroom recycling decalWe have designed a bathroom recycling decal that lists all the items that can be recycled, and the decal can be added to any bin. Request a FREE decal here (available while supplies last), and don't forget to include your address (available to Wake County residents only).
We are also giving away a FREE 3-gallon bathroom recycling bin (while supplies last) to residents who sign-up to take a short survey about recycling (available to Wake County residents only). Sign-ups take place at community events, check out our event calendar for details of our next sign-up event. Alternatively, residents can pick-up a free bathroom recycling bin at our downtown location. Please call ahead to arrange, 919.856.7412. Surveys are emailed to residents 30 days after sign-up. 
90% of bin recipients say they recycle significantly more. Make recycling in every room easy today!


"The bathroom recycling bin has been wonderful. It is the perfect size, fits nicely in the linen closet in our master bath, and it's big enough for the big-box store-sized shampoo bottles. We use it so much that it's emptied every other week and goes straight into the roll-cart recycle bin, then to the curb" – Tony, Town of Cary.

For more information about this initiative, or to arrange to pick-up a FREE bin contact Sara Davarbakhsh, Community Outreach Coordinator.