Recycling | Covenant Waste
The recycling centers then separate and sort these materials. Then the materials are baled and sold to organizations that reuse these items to make products. You would be surprised to know some of the really cool products that are made into everyday products. Here are a few examples:
What Items Should We Place in Our Recycle Containers
Union County Public Works currently recycles the following types of materials at our Landfill and our six satellite collection centers. Most items are accepted free of charge.
- Aluminum Cans – Includes beer/soft drink cans and food cans. Please remember to rinse! Aluminum Cans
- Paper Items – Loose items are accepted. Bundling is not necessary.
- Glass – Includes clear, brown and green bottles and jars. Must be either food or beverage type glass. Glass should be rinsed out with lid removed. No broken glass, please.
- Corrugated Cardboard – Cardboard should be flattened.
- Plastic – Tip *Check the bottom of the container. If it has a #1 or 2 inside, then it will be acceptable.
Soft Drink Bottles
Shampoo & Conditioner
- Antifreeze – Used antifreeze is accepted free of charge, but only at the Landfill and it must not be mixed with any substance.
- Motor Oil & Transmission Fluid – Maximum of five (5) gallons each. Must be poured into the specified container at our sites. Accepted at all 6 sites and at the Landfill
- White Goods & Non Ferrous Metals -
Refrigerators must be empty of all contents and door(s) can be removed.
Hot Water Heaters
Washers & Dryers
Grills (no tanks, please)
- Batteries – Car Batteries only.
- Tires – Tires – must be separated from all other materials for disposal, must be removed from the rim and stacked by the individual properly in tire trailer. Three or fewer tires are accepted free of charge. For more than three tires, please call (704) 292-1550 to ensure trailer space and details on cost.
- Motor Oil • Motor Oil, Antifreeze & Transmission Fluid – Maximum of three (3) gallons each. Must be in a sealed container.
What You Cannot Recycle
In a perfect world we would recycle everything and we are working with our fellow citizens toward that goal. Check back often as we remove items from this list!
|Polyethylene terephthalate , or sometime labeled PET) is often used for beverage or food containers (Water bottles and Pepsi bottles.) |
|(High-density polyethylene) is the most widely used plastic in the food industry. It is very strong and can withstand high temperatures, thus good for cooking. Common items made with HDPE include milk and water jugs and laundry detergent bottles. |
|(Low- density polyethylene, is a commonly used plastic. LDPE materials include plastic bags, toys, packaging materials, and computer discs. This type of plastic does not recycle well, although plastic bags can be used over and over). |
|(Polypropylene (PP), also known as polypropene) is used in a wide variety of applications including textiles (clothes), carpets and automotive components). This plastic is seldom found in the kitchen, or around food). |
|(Polystyrene) is recyclable plastic used, for example, in disposable cutlery, (plastic forks and knives), foam drinking cups, toys and models, CD and DVD cases, and smoke detector housings. This plastic has an extremely-long life, and can take over 500 years to decompose. |