Waste Not/Use Less

The Fayetteville City Council passed a Solid Waste Reduction, Diversion and Recycling Master Plan in February 2017. In that plan, an important goal was named… to make sure 40% of all waste doesn’t end up in the landfill by 2027, whether that’s done by recycling, reusing or composting. As a city, we're currently doing a great job at gradually reducing the amount that we throw away. In 2018, 18.5% of the community's solid waste was diverted from landfills through reusing, recycling, or composting!

But what if you could use LESS altogether?


Reduce the amount of trash you make. 

  • Choose reusable items over disposable ones. 
  • Look for products that use less packaging. Products made with less packaging use less raw material, reducing waste and costs. 
  • Borrow, rent or share items that are used infrequently, like party decorations, tools or furniture. 


Reuse what you can’t avoid— for example, reuse a yogurt container for food storage. 

  • Buy used. Everything from clothes to kitchen items to building materials are often less expensive and just as good as new. 
  • Maintain and repair products like clothing, tires and appliances so that they won’t have to be thrown out and replaced as frequently. 

The City's Recycling and Trash Division will be adding information to this site to help you find more ways to reduce the amount of waste you throw away. Together, we can make a difference!


Can I recycle this?

  • Yes:
    • Cardboard
    • Mixed paper
    • Plastic (Bottles only)
    • Cans
    • Glass
  • No:
    • Plastic bags
    • Food waste
    • Styrofoam
    • Paper cartons
    • Foil pans
    • Plastic containers


In the City of Fayetteville, approximately 29.5% of the waste that we create is organic matter (Kessler Consulting). This includes food waste, yard waste, and biodegradable paper. While organics represent nearly a 1/3 of total waste created in Fayetteville, they also represent a great opportunity for waste diversion since organic matter can be turned into valuable products including compost and mulch.

Visit our Composting and Mulch page to learn more!