Residential Recycling

The Town of Apex curbside recycling program accepts only certain materials (PDF). There are other options for those materials not accepted. The Wake County website is a resource for residents and businesses to use to locate organizations that recycle or dispose of unwanted materials.
Materials for Curbside Recycling
  1. Plastic
  2. Paperboard & Chipboard
  3. Cardboard
  4. Aseptic Boxes
  5. Metal Cans
  6. Glass
  7. Paper
  8. Miscellaneous
  • All plastics #1 through #7 are accepted
  • Rigid plastics (buckets, plastic toys, lawn furniture) are accepted. Mixed rigid plastics must be under 2 feet in length and under 40 pounds.
Not Accepted
  • Plastic containers that held anti-freeze, motor oil, or other hazardous materials are not accepted.
  • Plastic wrap, plastic bags, and plastic clamshell containers are not accepted. Reuse where possible.
Johnson's Baby Shampoo, Listerine, Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Vo5, Vaseline lotion, Miracle Whip, Pete

Collection Schedule

Residential recycling is collected curbside weekly. Make sure your recycling cart is at the curb the night before your designated collection day. Please call Town of Apex Customer Service at 919-362-8676 with any further questions.

Request & Contact Information

Contact Customer Service at (919) 362-8676 to request a new 65-gallon recycling cart.
Where Recycling Goes
All recyclable materials picked up curbside from Apex residents go to a material recovery facility in Raleigh operated by Sonoco Recycling, Inc.

About the Plant
  • A majority of processed materials are turned back into products consumers use daily.
  • Sonoco maintains a list of what can and cannot be recycled at their plant.
  • The facility is a 75,000 square foot single-stream processing plant, meaning the materials do not have to be separated to be processed.
  • The plant processes 12,000 tons of recyclable materials every month. 

Piles of shredded recycling material in a plant
Bundles of recycled material stacked in a warehouse under signs indicating what they are.