How do I dispose of paint, fluorescent tubes/bulbs, batteries, hazardous materials, medications, or syringes?

-All Spartanburg County recycling centers offer a paint exchange where any City resident may drop off or pick up paint during their open hours. Click here to view Spartanburg County recycling center addresses and hours of operation. 

-Compact fluorescent tubes/bulbs may be taken to big box stores such as Lowe's or Home Depot, Cleanlites Recycling in Spartanburg, or the Spartanburg Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event (which is held in the City limits in the spring of each year). Please call 864-596-2932 for further information. 

-Lead-acid batteries are accepted for recycling at all Spartanburg County recycling centers. Alkaline batteries may be disposed of with household trash, or taken to the Spartanburg Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event. All other types of batteries (e.g. NiCd, lithium, lithium-ion) may be taken to Lowes, Home Depot, Best Buy, Batteries Plus, or Cleanlites Recycling, OR can be taken to the Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event. *NOTE: DO NOT DISPOSE OF LITHIUM OR LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES IN HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE. THEY ARE NOT ACCEPTED FOR DISPOSAL IN YOUR GARBAGE ROLL CARTS OR AT COUNTY RECYCLING CENTERS, AS THEY POSE A SIGNIFICANT FIRE RISK.

-City residents may dispose of household hazardous waste at the Spartanburg Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event which is held in the spring each year. For more information on this disposal event or how to safely dispose of hazardous materials if you are unable to attend the event, please contact us at 864-596-2932, or contact Spartanburg County Solid Waste at 864-949-0211. 

-Both the Spartanburg Police Department at 206 N Forest St. and Spartanburg County Sheriff's Department at 8045 Howard St. operate a medication drop-off kiosk year round. Please take medications to either location for safe disposal. Medications are NOT accepted at the Spartanburg Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event. 

-To properly dispose of syringes, please place them in a sturdy plastic jug (e.g. laundry detergent or bleach jug), tightly screw on the lid when full, and mark on the jug, "CONTAINS SYRINGES." Dispose of the plastic jug with household garbage. Please do NOT put a jug containing syringes in your recycling roll cart, and please do NOT dispose of loose syringes in bags. See SC-DHEC's website for more information on safe syringe disposal. 

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1. What do you accept for recycling in the blue roll carts?
2. Why is the city no longer accepting glass?
3. Is this glass situation unique to Spartanburg?
4. Can I take my glass to the County's recycling centers?
5. How do I dispose of paint, fluorescent tubes/bulbs, batteries, hazardous materials, medications, or syringes?
6. How do I recycle an item that isn't listed on your website?
7. Why can't I recycle Styrofoam, plastic bags, etc.?
8. How do I recycle electronics, what is "e-waste," where do I recycled electronics?
9. How do I recycle tires?
10. I heard someone goes through all the trash, so there's no point in separating it into different roll carts. Is that true?
11. Do my recyclables actually get recycled, or does it all get thrown away?