Recycling in the City of Greenville
Wrap it and Pack It Eco Style
Wrapping paper without metal, foil or cellophane material is recyclable, however its high-clay and low-paper content make it difficult to recycle. Instead, get creative and choose reused/reusable alternatives like comics, posters, maps, blueprints, or calendars (all recyclable), fabric, reusable paper or cloth gift bags or bandannas.
For shipping, replace foam or bubble wrap with balled up newspaper or magazine pages.
Stop Junk Mail
Visit DMA Choice to stop unwanted mail.
Holiday string lights and extension cords can NOT be placed inside of your recycling carts or dropped off at recycling centers. However, local metal recyclers will accept them and scrap them for the copper. Please contact local metal recyclers in your area.
In 2016, the City converted from a manual recycling collection system, which uses people and traditional rear loading vehicles, to an automated collection system, which uses vehicles with robotic arms mounted on the side to pick up and empty the recycle containers. The new system is safer and enables us to be more effective and efficient.
As part of the transition, we replaced our customers' existing recycle bins with new 95-gallon roll carts. The new carts have lids, which keep the materials contained and dry; wheels, which make them easier to get to the curb and much more room for bulky items and plenty of recyclables. More about cart care
If you recently moved into a new home, call 864-467-4345 to request a cart and find out what your collection day is. See collection zone map below.
- When do I get my new roll cart?
- Is there a fee for the new cart?
- Can I start using my new cart right away?
- Will my pickup day change?
- What about holidays?
- Can I still use my old green recycling bin?
- What if I don’t want to keep my old bin?
- What if all my recyclables won’t fit inside the roll cart?
- What if my new cart gets stolen or damaged?
- When/how should I put my cart out?
- Why do I have to place my carts so far away from each other?
- What items can go in my new cart?
- What items cannot go in my new cart?
- What if I’m physically unable to get my recycling and garbage carts to the curb?
- How can I encourage my neighbors to recycle?
- Can I recycle if I live in an apartment/townhouse complex?
- What if my school or small business wants to recycle?
- Why did the City decide to issue all residents roll carts?
- Why was the 95-gallon cart determined as the standard size for recycling?
- How do I request a different size cart?
- What if the cart is too big?
- Will I be charged for a damaged roll cart?
- Is automated collection safer than manual?