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Recycling has come a long way since its inception. Now, we have programs across the country to recycle paper, plastic, aluminum, cell phones and even computers, as well as a wealth of consumer goods made out of recycled content. All of which prompts us to ask, are you recycling the old way, or the new way? So how does recycling work in N.C.? Check out the North Carolina recycling plastics loop here.

Scroll through the list below to find an ARD event near you:


Stanly Coounty ARD event
Saturday, Nov. 14

Bring recyclable materials (aluminum cans, plastic bottles, paper, cardboard and glass) to Stanly Community College (141 College Dr. Albemarle). Green Pieces Recycling will have recycling trucks on site for pick up. Free and open to all students and community members.

Edgecombe County E-Waste Drive
Saturday, Nov. 14, 8:00 a.m. - noon

Drive hosted by Edgecombe Co. Solid Waste and Wesbel Technologies. Bring old electronics, including computer monitors and TVs, for recycling at the Edgecombe County Landfill (1601 Colonial Road in Tarboro).

South East Raleigh's Going Green Celebration!
Sunday, Nov. 15, 2-5 p.m.

The event will offer fun recycling-themed family activities, games and crafts, organizational booths with information on 'going green' as well as free cake and refreshments. The event will be held at the new Walnut Creek Wetland Park Facility at 950 Peterson Street, across from Carnage Magnet Middle School in Raleigh.

Wake PTA 5k Run/Walk and Shred-A-Thon
Sunday, Nov. 22, 3:30 p.m.

Join the Wake PTA for its Healthy Lifestyles Run/Walk 5K event featuring a shred-a-thon sponsored by Shred-it. Bring any paper items to the race site and Shred-it will destroy and recycle them for free! The race starts at 3:30 on NCSU's Centennial Campus in Raleigh. Find out more about the race at


Recycled Content Products

This year when people take the recycling pledge, they can pledge to:

+Find out what is recyclable in their community
+Lead by example in their neighborhood by recycling
+Recycle batteries, cell phones and other e-waste
+E-mail elected officials asking them to increase funding for recycling
+Tell five friends that recycling is the easiest thing they can do to stop global warming

Everyone that electronically signs the pledge will be registered to win state-wide recycled content prize packs. Items in the prize packs include an iPhone case, golf balls, a pet bed, a bracelet, office supplies, metal fire pits and more! Winners will be notified by e-mail after 11/15/09.


Recycled Content Products

Look on the package to determine if a product contains recycled material. If it has a logo like the one on the left, it is a reminder to recycle the product. If it has the logo on the right, then the product has recycled content. Check out the great educational recycled content classroom kits on our Resource List that can help drive home the message.

When buying recycled products make sure you know the difference!


recycle logo

Did you know many companies in N.C. make products with recycled content such as bean bag chairs in Lexington? Find out more here.

Besides your magazines, pickle jars, cardboard boxes, aluminum cans and washing machines having recycled content material, other products do also. Below is a list of companies that sell products with recycled content. Don’t forget your "Mom and Pop" stores who also sell recycled content products. Click here for a list of companies that sell environmentally friendly products.



Office Supplies

Office Depot | Staples

Household Products

Wal-Mart | Target

Kitchen Products

Harris Teeter | Whole Foods

Outdoor Products

Home Depot


Walden Kayaks

Clothing and Shoes

Patagonia | Sierra Trading Post | Simple

More Resources:
Visit the ARD Resources page for access to ARD posters, logos, graphics and documents.

Recycle Guys Home For questions, contact Kelley Dennings  (919) 715-6507
N.C. Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance
1639 Mail Service Center • Raleigh NC 27699-1639 • (919) 715-6500 • (800) 763-0136
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