The Town of Boone provides weekly curbside sanitation and recycling services to town residents in order to take good care of our natural beauty and reduce landfill waste. Both services are provided through GDS, Inc., a private contractor.
The recycling program is on a volunteer basis. The town provides free residential recycling bins, which are available at:
Town of Boone
Public Works Department
321 East King Street
Boone, NC 28607
Residential collection for sanitation and recycling is on the same day with no exceptions.
RESIDENTIAL RECYCLING COLLECTION:
Brown, green and clear glass, steel and aluminum cans, newspapers (with inserts), magazines, catalogs, telephone directories, pasteboard (Cereal, beverage, dry food & shoe boxes, toilet/paper towel rolls, brown paper bags), plastic bottles and all plastics that display #1 and #2 recycle symbol. Please check the symbol, which is printed on or near the bottom of most all plastics. All colors of plastic accepted.
NEW! RIGID PLASTICS (All plastics with a recycle symbol #3- #7 as well as many other plastics) are accepted at Watauga County's Old Landfill Convenience Center located on Landfill Road Contact the Landfill office at 264-5305 for more information.
OFFICE RECYCLING COLLECTION:
White and colored paper, newspapers (with inserts), magazines, telephone directories, brochures, junk mail, file folders, manila envelopes, adding machine tape, time cards, multi-part forms (without carbon), legal pads, message pads, continuous-run computer paper, pasteboard, aluminum/steel food and beverage cans, plastic bottles including all plastics #1 and #2. All colors accepted.
APARTMENT RECYCLING COLLECTION:
Apartment owners/managers may contract with the Town's private contractor for the rental of 96-gallon rollout containers for the collection of all residential recyclables listed above. The rental fee per rollout is $2.50 each. The Town will subsidize a weekly collection service of the rollout containers. The town will supply each participating apartment unit with a sturdy six gallon recycling bin designed to fit neatly under the kitchen sink with a convenient, durable handle for easy transporting of the recyclables to the rollout location. Apartment owners and/or managers may contact GDS, Inc. at (828) 264-3689 to participate in this program.
COMMERCIAL RECYCLING COLLECTION:
This recycling collection program is designed for restaurants.
The North Carolina General Assembly’s House Bill 1518 that became effective January 1, 2008 requires holders of certain ABC permits to recycle all recyclable containers of all beverages sold at retail on the premises which includes glass, aluminum cans and plastic. The Town of Boone provides 18 gallon recycling bins to the restaurants to sort glass, aluminum cans and plastic inside the building. Recyclable items collected on the commercial recycling route include brown, green and clear glass as well as aluminum cans and plastic bottles. Restaurants are to be collected on the commercial recycling route. Contact a local collector to participate.
OLD CORRUGATED CARDBOARD COLLECTION (OCC):
GDS, Inc. runs a weekly scheduled route for old corrugated cardboard for businesses. Contact the town or the local collector.
GDS, Inc. is closed on Christmas Day. All other holidays during the year GDS, Inc. services sanitation and recycling as scheduled. The Christmas holiday schedule is printed in the local newspapers and is announced on the local radio stations during the week prior to the holiday.
In the event of ice and snow, GDS, Inc. will run the regular sanitation and recycling routes if the streets are cleared, but may be on a delayed basis.
PREPARATION AND PARTICIPATION
The town provides pick up service of other items on a call-in basis. (See Facilities Maintenance Department).
IF YOU ARE PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO MOVE YOUR GARBAGE CONTAINER OR RECYCLING BIN TO AND FROM THE CURB, GDS, INC. WILL HELP. CALL GDS, INC. AT (828) 264-3689 TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS.
THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE BANNED FROM NORTH CAROLINA LANDFILLS:
RECYCLING DROP-SITE FACILITIES
The GDS, Inc. Facility located at 300 Brookhollow Road has containers for all items taken on the recycling routes which includes newspapers, catalogs, magazines, telephone directories, junk mail, brown, green and clear glass, steel and aluminum cans, plastic bottles including all plastics #1 and #2. All colors accepted. GDS, Inc. also has a container for old corrugated cardboard (OCC). Anyone is welcome to use the recycling containers at the GDS facility.
The Public Works Center located at 321 East King Street invites citizens to recycle catalogs, magazines and telephone directories in the rollout carts outside and to the right of the building. The Public is also invited to recycle corrugated cardboard in the green corrugated cardboard recycling container located inside the gate in back of parking lot to left of the building. During office hours (8:00 - 5:00pm) the following items can be dropped off for recycling: Batteries - only dry cell household batteries (rechargeable or one time use); Compact Flourescent Lights (CFL is to be placed in a sealed zip-lock bag prior to drop off); Used motor oil & filters - For those do-it-yourselfers. Deliver oil/filters to the Fleet Maintenance at first bay garage door on left side of building.
NEW! Town of Boone's Recycling Center located in Horn in the West lower parking lot on Horn in the West Drive provides a convenient in-town recycling center for all Boone citizens but is geared particularly for those who live in multi-family complexes that do not provide a curbside recycling option. The Center is an unmanned site and is open daily. Recyclable items accepted at this site are all curbside recyclables listed above as well as corrugated cardboard (shipping boxes). PLEASE NOTE THIS IS STRICTLY A RECYCLING CENTER. GARBAGE SHOULD BE DISPOSED OF AT CURBSIDE ACCORDING TO TOWN ORDINACE OR TAKEN TO ONE OF WATAUGA COUNTY'S CONVENIENCE CENTERS.
Compost bins are available at no charge to town residents for back yard composting. You may pick up a compost bin at the Public Works Department at 321 East King Street.
If you have any questions concerning sanitation or recycling, please contact the Town of Boone Public Works Department at 268-6230.