Recycling | Covenant Waste

By: Covenant Waste  09-12-2011

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
      Steel Cans
      Spiral Cans
    • Paper Items – Loose items are accepted. Bundling is not necessary.
      Computer Paper
      Phone Books
    • 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.
      Clear Glass
      Brown Glass
      Green Glass
    • 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
      Milk Jugs
      Water Jugs
      Liquid Detergent
      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
      Tire Rims
      Swing Sets
      Grills (no tanks, please)
      Tin Roofing
    • 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!

    • Batteries – Batteries can be categorized as either single-use (primary cell) batteries or rechargeable (secondary cell) batteries. Each type requires special instructions to ensure it’s properly recycled (or discarded). The majority of consumer batteries for household use fall within these types:Alkaline or Oxyride
      Zinc-carbon button cell (lithium manganese or silver oxide)
      Lithium (Li-ion)
      Nickel-cadmium (NiCd)
      Nickel metal hydride (NiMH)
      Lead-based (automotive and non-automotive)

      These batteries should be disposed of as hazzardous waste

    • Some Glass Items
      Ceramic Cups
      Clay Flower Pots
      Light Bulbs
      Window Glass
      Heat Resistant Ovenware
      Canning Jars
      Drinking Glasses
    • Some Cardboard Items
      Cereal Boxes
      Cracker Boxes
      Coated Cardboard
    • Some Plastic Items
      Plastic Grocery Bags
      Oil Containers
    • White Goods & Non Ferrous Metals Not Accepted
      Fence Wire
      Metal Strapping or Packaging Bands
      Gas Cans
      Propane Bottles
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.

Other products and services from Covenant Waste


Commercial | Covenant Waste

We can place a temporary dumpster at your location for a one-time use, or offer a permanent solution to your waste disposal needs with regular pick-ups. We have 2 yd3, 4 yd3, 6 yd3 and 8 yd3 containers available and can be serviced on a frequency that best suits your needs. Commercial trash & recycling service is available for businesses and residential and does not require a contract.


Residential | Covenant Waste

We dump the cans by hand, which takes better care of them, and enables us to accommodate our customers when they have an extra personal can or two. We can also take up to 5 extra bags or bundles of yard waste, and extra items that can’t fit in the trash can usually can be handled as well. We offer service using one of our convenient 96 gallon cans on wheels, or using your personal cans.


Industrial & Roll-Off | Covenant Waste

Covenant Waste operates in Union County, NC serving areas in and around Marshville, Wingate, Monroe, Weddington, Marvin, Wesley Chapel and Waxhaw. Large roll-off containers are generally used for large construction, heavy manufacturing, roof replacement and other high-volume debris producers. Service is also provided in Pineville and Matthews, NC and Ft. Mill and Indian Land, SC.


Services | Covenant Waste

We offer reliable dumpster service for new construction, remodeling, roofing, home projects, land reclamation, yard sales and everything in between. We can handle all construction waste and industrial waste removal projects in North and South Carolina.