By reusing and recycling more, Gastonia residents can have less trash and save space at the county landfill. But you have to recycle RIGHT. 

As a general rule of thumb, recyclables put in the gray cart should be empty, clean and dry. The following list is helpful in determining if something is or isn’t recyclable.  If you’re still unsure whether your item is recyclable or not, try the Waste Wizard tool bar below. If you still need help, please call customer service. 

Waste Wizard

Type the name of a waste item and we'll tell you how to recycle or dispose of it.

Download the app

Get collection reminders and look up how to dispose of waste on your smartphone with the new City of Gastonia Garbage & Recycling app.

Do not put these in the Gray cart:

 no plastic bagsNo plastic bags. These can be returned to the retail store
 no garbageNo garbage. Do not bag your recyclables.
 nothing that can tangle easilyNothing that can tangle easily. This includes hoses, wires, chains or electronics.
 no clothing or linensNo clothing or linens. These can be donated at any thrift or consignment store
 no food liquid or diapersNo food, liquid or diapers. All containers should be emptied before recycling.

This is not a complete list of items that should not be recycled. If you are still unsure please dispose of items in the green garbage cart instead of attempting to recycle them.  Remember: When in doubt, throw it out!

Customer Service

For questions or to report an issue by phone:

The call center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and you can send an email at