Curbside Recycling

Recycling Routes (pdf | jpg)

Frequently Asked Questions (Flyer: pdf | page 1 jpg | page 2 jpg)

Blue Recycling Calendar (pdf | jpg)

Gold Recycling Calendar (pdf | jpg)

Recycling Cart Lid (pdf | jpg)

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Why should I recycle?
  • Your recyclables will be sold, generating revenue.
  • Recycling materials into new products reduces energy consumption, preserves natural resources, and reduces our dependence on foreign oil.
  • Recycling results in less garbage going to the landfill.
2) Do I have to recycle?
  • No, but recycling is strongly encouraged as it is best for the environment and the City of Mount Airy.
3) Will it cost me?
  • The City will not charge residents a fee for recycling.
  • The City will provide each resident, at no charge, one new 96-gallon recycling cart with a lid to keep material dry and prevent litter. This cart remains the property of the City of Mount Airy.
4) When will my recyclables be collected?
  • Recyclables will be collected everyother- week on the same day as your trash collection.
  • The calendar delivered with your container will help you keep track of your recycling collection schedule.
  • Additionally, you will be able to find your collection schedule by visiting the City’s website at
5) How do I place my cart for service?
  • Household recycling is offered curbside only.
  • On your scheduled pickup day, place your cart curbside but not in the street.
  • Place your cart at the edge of the street with the handle facing your house – so it opens street side.
  • Place each cart 3 feet apart, and 3 feet away from parked cars, mailboxes, fire hydrants, etc., so that it can be reached by the automated side-loading truck.
  • Do not block the road, sidewalks or driveways with your cart.
6) How does my recycling collection differ from garbage collection?
  • Household recycling is offered curbside only.
  • Place recyclable material loosely in your cart: DO NOT BAG any material EXCEPT shredded paper (in clear bags).
  • Place your cart at the edge of the street with the
    HANDLE FACING YOUR HOUSE—so it opens street side— enabling automated collection.