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Useful Tips

You can be part of the solution by following these tips and resources.

Never bag recyclables in plastic - If you must bag, please use paper.

Sonoco Recycling computer scanners can identify anything larger than the palm of your hand, appx. 3” x 3”. Anything smaller should go into household trash.

Plastics coded #1, #2 & #5 are acceptable in curbside recycle bins.


UNCW Warehouse (Wilmington)

Address: 5179 Lionfish Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403-5648


  •  Shredded paper - must be placed in a paper bag, secured at the top with a staple or small piece of scotch tape.

  • All electronics 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).

  • Mulch and pet food plastic bags (+ many other similar plastic bags)

Always leave bottle tops on milk containers.

Recycling containers for Tennis balls are located on all St. James Tennis courts.

Slightly stained pizza boxes without food waste can be recycled in curbside bins and other locations.

A recent EPA study found that recycling and reuse activities in the US accounted for 681,000 jobs and $37.8 billion in wages, including here in NC.

The 7 Types of Plastics

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Recycle Gift Wrap and Gift Boxes

Farewell to Foam

Recycle Oral Care Waste

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