Getting ready for spring cleaning? Remember to recycle!
Starting from inside your home to forgotten items stored in the garage, Orange County residents can reduce the amount of materials being sent to the landfill during the cleaning process by utilizing the Waste & Recycling Centers (WRC’s).
Clothes, shoes, bedding, belts, and bags, that are clean and odor-free, can be placed in the donation bins at the Eubanks Road and Walnut Grove WRC’s. Worn and torn textiles, including clothing, bedding, and towels, can also be donated if they are clean and odor-free. Please bag the materials before placing them in the bins.
Beyond textile items, household items may be placed in the Salvage Sheds! These sheds serve as mini thrift stores for community members to take what they need for free and donate items that no longer serve them. The Salvage Sheds accept small appliances, kitchenware, books, electronics, non-upholstered furniture, and small sports equipment. The items must be clean and in working condition. The Salvage Sheds help promote local reuse systems and require daily upkeep. Please help keep them clean and free of trash so the County can continue to offer this space.
Non-working electronics and appliances can be recycled too! Orange County residents can bring household items such as monitors, televisions, printers, cellphones, and radios to the Waste & Recycling Centers. Make sure all batteries are removed and recycled separately. Cellphones can be donated to the Compass Center, which helps women and families in the community. Call them to schedule a drop-off (919)968-4610.
Many items commonly stored in household garages may also be recycled at the Centers. Take oil-based paint, cleaners, bug spray, automotive fluids, and fluorescent bulbs to the hazardous household waste collection area in the Eubanks or Walnut Grove WRC to ensure these materials are safely and properly disposed of. Although accepted with hazardous household waste, latex paint can be safely disposed of by drying the paint out at home. Remove the lid and allow the contents to aerate (pro tip: add kitty litter or sand to accelerate the drying process). Once the paint is thoroughly dried, dispose of the can with the lid removed, in the regular trash.
Bulky items in usable condition can be donated. For large furniture, contact Habitat for Humanity ReStores as they offer pick-up options. Another option is to post curb alerts online to platforms like NextDoor, Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. For broken furniture or non-usable bulky items, contact your Town’s Public Works Department to request bulky item pick-up service or bring them to a WRC.
For other materials you may come across during your spring cleaning, please visit our website for more information.