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Recycling 101

Curbside Recyclables

All types of DRY/CLEAN paper, card board, magazines, newspapers, milk cartons, glass bottles and jars. Plastics with recycle code #1, #2, or #5, only. Steel (Tin) & Aluminum cans. All containers (empty contents and lightly clean). Put lids on. No plastic bags although they are 100% recyclable. (see next column)

Brunswick County recycling guidelines, updated January 2024.
Recycle Right

Brunswick County Landfill

Located at 172 Landfill Rd NE, Bolivia. Open 7:30AM to 5:00PM Monday - Friday, 7:30AM to 3:00PM Saturday. Visit their website for accepted items and Tip fees. Phone: 910-253-8101. Email:

Recycle Other Common Materials Conveniently

Plastic bags - take to all local supermarkets or Lowes Hardware.
Clean Plastic Foam (styrofoam) -  small sizes to Publix recycling box; all sizes to UNCW Recycling Depot.
Clear plastic (1dz.) egg cartons take to SJP Golf Club Pro Shops & Bag Check sites.
Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL), Rechargeable batteries and cell phones take to Lowes Hardware.
Books Please contact each site for donation parameters:  either the St. James Lending Library  or Friends of the Library Southport/Oak Island, contact:

St. James Tennis Club Recycles

Tennis players in St James have mailed over 50,500 tennis balls to since we started sending balls to RecycleBalls in 2018. This doesn’t count the balls that have gone to Brunswick County schools for desk and chair legs or balls that have gone to dog parks. Look for the green recycling bins hanging on the fences at all tennis courts. Volunteers collect the balls and take them to local schools, nursing homes or dog shelters but primarily ship them to for many interesting uses. Check out their website to see what happens to all these tennis balls that avoided the landfill.   “As for the tennis balls that you’ve sent in bounce from the recycling bin to our warehouse, we have found a second life for over 12.5 million of them. They’ve found homes in schools on chairs, horse arenas creating a safe environment for therapy, and even into tennis courts! Your contributions helped pave the way for the stadium court at the Canadian Open in Toronto, a landmark achievement in eco-conscious sports. Together we’ve saved more than 25 million ounces of rubber from landfills.” The contact at is Josh donation-page/ (Note from Laykold (Official provider for new court at the US Open) “ The statistics are striking. Each year approximately 325 million tennis balls worldwide, including 125 million in the U.S. alone, end up in landfill. This is an environmental challenge the sport must face. Laykold is the only court brand to use recycled balls in its court surfaces.”

Brunswick County Convenience Center

8392 River Road SE, Southport. Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8AM to 6PM. Accepts everything from the "Household Recyclables" column, plus electronic and computer equipment, household batteries, cell phones, smoke detectors, used cooking oil, textiles, & fluorescent bulbs up to 4ft.

UNCW Recycling Warehouse Services

5179 Lionfish Dr. Wilmington. Open Monday - Friday, 7:30AM to 4:30PM. Go to their website for accepted item list. Phone: 910-962-2549. Email: Accepts a wide range of plastic, paper*, electronics** and glass. * Shredded paper - must be placed in a paper bag, secured at the top with a staple or small piece of scotch tape. **Acceptable electronics include most items that have a cord, take batteries, or charges. The only non acceptable electronics from the public are large appliances, refrigerators, lightbulbs, batteries, printer cartridges, CRT TVs (large TVs that are not flat).

Recycle Right - In Your Curbside Bin

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