Single-Stream Recycling Information

What is single-stream recycling? 


Since 2015, the City of Roanoke has offered curbside single-stream recycling, which means all recyclable materials can be placed in the same bin.

​Recycling Collection Schedule: 


Recycling is collected every other week on your regular collection day. Depending on where you live, your residence will be on an A Week schedule or a B Week schedule.  

View the 2018 Collection Schedule

Please don't mix Recycling and Trash!

Recycling contamination happens when an item that isn't recyclable winds up in the recycling bin instead of the trash. Every time this happens, the City incurs added expense to haul that item to the landfill. Please note: As of May, 2018, the City's contracted recycling vendor, RDS, is no longer accepting Plastics #3 - #7, but is still collecting Plastics #1 and #2. 

Please always recycle these items: 


  • Aluminum beverage cans, steel, and tin cans
  • Glass bottles, containers, and jars
  • Mixed paper, newspaper, and magazines
  • Tin cans 
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Pizza box lids (with no food scraps or grease)
  • Plastic water bottles
  • Milk jugs
  • Plastic jugs, shampoo/soap bottles
  • Laundry detergent and cleaning supply containers
  • Plastics #1 and #2 Only

​If you're not sure about a plastic item, check the bottom of the package for a recycling imprint to see what number it is. If it is a #1 or #2, it's recyclable. If it's any other number, or it's plastic but there is no imprint, please do not recycle it. 


These are NOT recyclable: 

  • Plastic grocery bags: see if you can return them to grocery store instead
  • Plastics #3 - #7
  • Ziploc bags
  • Aluminum foil
  • Small aluminum cans, such as cat food or tuna cans
  • Plastic wrap
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic toys and furniture
  • Wood pieces
  • Clothing and fabric
  • Food waste
  • Rope, wire, and hoses
  • Drinking straws
  • CDs, DVDs, Discs
  • Vending cups
  • Fiberglass
  • Plastic pipes and PVC
  • Tupperware
  • Empty medicine bottles

For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions