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Where and how to continue recycling in Rowan County

SALISBURY — As the market for recycling remains in flux around the country, some municipal recycling services are being forced to limit the items they accept for collection.

Rockwell residents, for example, have recently been limited to cardboard and paper products for roadside recycling.

Fortunately, Rowan County has seven recycling drop-off locations that still accept a diverse range of products.

According to Rowan County Environmental Director Caleb Sinclair, the county was uniquely positioned to weather the storm of stricter regulations on recycling exports.

“We’ve been able to quickly retool to more of a source-separated scenario and continue offering recycling of various materials,” Sinclair said.

Residents can drop off recyclables throughout the week at the seven sites. Environmental management staff ask that the items be sorted and free from food contaminants.

Locations and operating hours are:

• 255 Rock Grove Church Road in China Grove, open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Friday and Saturday.

• 1455 Julian Road in Salisbury, open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

• 1735 Dunns Mountain Road in Salisbury, open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Friday and Saturday.

• 1985 Providence Church Road in Salisbury, open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday.

• 789 Campbell Road in Woodleaf, open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Friday and Saturday.

• 3282 Goodnight Road in Salisbury, open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Friday and Saturday.

• 8835 Stokes Ferry Road in Salisbury, open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday.

• 1102 N. Long St. in East Spencer, open 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Accepted items include:

• Aluminum cans: Centers accept beverage cans only. No durable or heavy aluminum items are allowed. To prepare cans for recycling, rinse them with water.

• Batteries: Car, truck and rechargeable batteries for small electronics like camcorders and laptops are accepted. Household batteries sizes AAA to D are not accepted. These items should be disposed of in an appropriate container at recycling facilities.

• Electronics: Most electronic devices are accepted for recycling, excluding those that contain mercury. Rowan County’s Department of Environmental Management suggests that hard drives in personal computers and laptops and other devices be destroyed or removed before recycling.

• Televisions: All types of televisions are accepted free at the Rowan County Processing Center at 1102 N. Long St. in East Spencer only.

• Glass bottles/jars: All colors of glass bottles and jars are accepted, but ceramics, window glass, Pyrex, drinking glasses and mirrors are not. To prepare them for recycling, rinse bottles and jars and discard lids.

• Large appliances and scrap metal: Centers accept refrigerators, stoves, air conditioners and other scrap metal. No barrels, drums, tanks or microwaves are accepted. Televisions are accepted at the East Spencer location only.

• Corrugated cardboard and brown paper bags: Three-part, corrugated cardboard is accepted and must be flattened with all plastic foam and shipping materials removed. No pizza boxes or waxy-coated cardboard is accepted.

• Mixed paper: Accepted are paperboard boxes, junk mail, color paper, phone books and softback books. No newspaper, pizza boxes or other papers contaminated with food are accepted.

• Newspapers: Newspapers, including inserts, are accepted without strings or plastic bags.

• Motor oil and other fluids: Centers will accept motor oil and automotive coolant in the appropriate containers at the Julian Road, Campbell Road and Goodnight Road sites only. No solvents, gas, paint thinner or other hazardous substances will be accepted.

• Used oil filters: Oil filters must be drained and free of oil and are accepted at the Julian Road, Campbell Road and Goodnight Road sites only.

• No. 1 and No. 2 plastic bottles: Only bottles are accepted, and the neck must be smaller than the base. No bottles that contain motor oil or other hazardous material are accepted.

• Fire extinguishers: They are accepted at the Julian Road site only.

• Propane tanks and helium tanks: Tanks are accepted at the Julian Road site only.

• Steel cans: Only food cans are accepted, and they must be rinsed. Pet food cans are not accepted.

• Clothing and home textiles: Centers accept gently used clothing and home textiles such as curtains, sheets and towels. They must be free of heavy dirt and moisture and bagged separately from other recyclables.

• Eyeglasses and hearing aids: Any used glasses and hearing aids in usable condition are accepted.

• Tires: Whole tires off the rim are accepted only at the Rowan County Landfill, 789 Campbell Road in Woodleaf, and are limited to five per visit.

Additional information is available at the Rowan County Office of Environmental Management between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 704-216-8589.

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