​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." So we wanted to help fix that. 

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 common bathroom items 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 decal

Bathroom Recycling Decal

We have designed a bathroom recycling decal that lists all the items from the bathroom that can be recycled, and the decal can be added to any bin. Request a FREE bathroom recycling decal by emailing us at recycling@wakegov.com, and don't forget to include your mailing address (available to Wake County residents only).

Bathroom Recycling Bin

We are also giving away a FREE 3-gallon bathroom recycling bin to residents who sign-up to take a short survey about recycling (available while supplies last and to Wake County residents only). Sign-ups take place at our downtown Raleigh location. To arrange to pick-up a bin email recycling@wakegov.com. 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 the Bathroom Recycling Initiative, email recycling@wakegov.com.