Recycling in the City of Greenville
Holiday Recycling Tips
Here are a few recycling tips to keep in mind during the holiday season, courtesy of Pratt Industries:
- Purchase holiday cards and wrapping paper that is labeled “made from” recycled material and better yet labeled “made from post-consumer” recycled material.
- Purchase holiday cards and wrapping paper that can be recycled. Foils and multi-layer cards with non-paper layers are not easily recycled.
- Purchase holiday and year-round cards that are remade from old cards. St Jude Ranch for children creates these cards as a fundraiser and learning tool.
- Use one of the recycling drop-off sites if you have more recyclables than will fit in your bin.
- As you are receiving those online orders shipped direct to your door, please make sure the boxes are recycled.
- Properly dispose of your old computer that’s been replaced by a newer model. Disposing varies from recycling materials, to reusing components by a charitable organization. Earth 911, a non-profit corporation, has a listing of companies all across the nation. Visit their website Earth911.com, to learn more.
- Recycle your natural Christmas tree at one of the metro area collection sites.
- Remove your name from mailing lists of any catalogs you no longer wish to receive.
- Give environmental gifts like reusable tote bags, lunch bags, travel mugs, house plants, bird feeders, bird houses, homemade foods and handmade items.
The City is All-In!
In 2016, the City converted from a manual recycling collection system, which uses people and traditional rear loading vehicles, to an automated collection system, which uses vehicles with robotic arms mounted on the side to pick up and empty the recycle containers. The new system is safer and enables us to be more effective and efficient.
As part of the new system, we replaced our customers’ existing recycle bins with new 95-gallon roll carts. The new carts have lids, which keep the materials contained and dry; wheels, which make them easier to get to the curb and much more room for bulky items and plenty of recyclables. More about cart care
If you recently moved into a new home, call 864-467-4345 to request a cart and find out what your collection day is. See collection zone map below.
- When do I get my new roll cart?
- Is there a fee for the new cart?
- Can I start using my new cart right away?
- Will my pickup day change?
- What about holidays?
- Can I still use my old green recycling bin?
- What if I don’t want to keep my old bin?
- What if all my recyclables won’t fit inside the roll cart?
- What if my new cart gets stolen or damaged?
- When/how should I put my cart out?
- Why do I have to place my carts so far away from each other?
- What items can go in my new cart?
- What items cannot go in my new cart?
- What if I’m physically unable to get my recycling and garbage carts to the curb?
- How can I encourage my neighbors to recycle?
- Can I recycle if I live in an apartment/townhouse complex?
- What if my school or small business wants to recycle?
- Why did the City decide to issue all residents roll carts?
- Why was the 95-gallon cart determined as the standard size for recycling?
- How do I request a different size cart?
- What if the cart is too big?
- Will I be charged for a damaged roll cart?
- Is automated collection safer than manual?