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Welcome to Mount Holly, a special city nestled along the banks of the picturesque Catawba River. We are just 20 minutes from downtown Charlotte and yet a world away from the harried lifestyle of the big city.  Immerse yourself in a community that values our connection to nature and cherishes our serene surroundings.

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Welcome to Mount Holly, a special city nestled along the banks of the picturesque Catawba River. We are just 20 minutes from downtown Charlotte and yet a world away from the harried lifestyle of the big city.  Immerse yourself in a community that values our connection to nature and cherishes our serene surroundings.

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Welcome to Mount Holly, a special city nestled along the banks of the picturesque Catawba River. We are just 20 minutes from downtown Charlotte and yet a world away from the harried lifestyle of the big city.  Immerse yourself in a community that values our connection to nature and cherishes our serene surroundings.

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Mount Holly to Suspend Recycling Program to Avoid Residential Rate Increase, Effective July 1

Mount Holly to Suspend Recycling Program to Avoid Residential Rate Increase Effective July 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPDATE: For residents with a normally-scheduled pick-up for the week of July 1, recyclables will be collected on your assigned day.

Mount Holly, NC - During the City Council Work Session held on Monday, June 24, the Mount Holly City Council made the difficult decision to suspend the City's contracted recycling program.  The City Council unanimously rejected a proposal that would have increased recycling rates for residential customers by 87% for the upcoming fiscal year.  Currently, residents who live within City Limits are charged $5.18 per month for bi-monthly curbside recycling pick-up services.  Under the proposed one-year agreement, costs would have increased to $9.71 monthly.

The proposed rate hike presented an unsustainable financial burden on the City’s budget and the City's residents, prompting the City Council to seek more cost-effective alternatives.  During the session, council members discussed the implications of the proposed increased rates and concluded that suspending the recycling program was the most prudent course of action at the current time.  

Effective July 1, 2024, the City will no longer provide curbside recycling pick-up services, and residents are encouraged to take their recycling to the Riverbend Recycling Center located at 146 Mountain Island Road, Mount Holly, NC 28120. For more Gaston County recycling information, please visit their website

Due to a change in the market in 2018, curbside recycling programs began to experience instability and a decrease in the demand for recyclable materials.  Prior to 2018, a third of the scrap recycled in the United States was exported, and China was the biggest buyer.  However, China began insisting on higher-quality recyclables after bales were riddled with contaminants.  These changes due to contamination in the industry have made recycling less profitable.  Nearby cities including Gastonia, Shelby, Kings Mountain, and Bessemer City all have recently ended curbside recycling efforts for similar reasons.

The City will not be collecting the blue recycling cans at this time, and residents should retain these roll-outs until further notice. Regular garbage pick-up for residents’ green trash cans will not be interrupted during this time. 

Please click here for a list of frequently asked questions. 

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Located just across the Catawba River from Mecklenburg County and within close proximity of Uptown Charlotte and Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Mount Holly is the second-largest municipality in Gaston County and the 20th largest town or city in the rapidly-growing Charlotte MSA. 

To schedule an interview, please contact Mary Blomquist at mary.blomquist@mtholly.us.