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."
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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 Convenience Center, and what items should not be put in the recycle bin.
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We 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). The next sign-up event will take place at the Pollinator Festival, at Lake Crabtree County Park, in Morrisville, on Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Surveys are emailed one month after sign-up. on Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Surveys are emailed one month after sign-up.

"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, contact Sara Davarbakhsh, Community Outreach Coordinator.