Solid Waste & Recycling

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A Division of Environmental Quality

Recycling just got easier in Chatham County!

Recycle Arrow GreenStarting Thursday, January 26, when you use the Collection Centers, most household recyclables can be mixed together. Cardboard, paper, aluminum cans, steel cans, and plastics will all go into the “Mixed Recycling” container. Glass bottles and jars will continue to be collected in a separate container, but all glass colors (clear, brown, green, and blue) can be combined.

Not only will these changes make it easier to recycle, residents will also be able to recycle more items. For details about what can and cannot be recycled visit our Collection Center page.

Mulch Sales

Every Saturday, March 18th- 7:30 am to Noon. Visit the webpage for more details.

Annual Earth Day Event- Saturday- April 22nd! 

The Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling Division is hosting an Earth Day event on Saturday, April 22. The annual event is open to all Chatham County residents (no decal needed) and will feature free document shredding, free “take back” of unwanted medications, compost bin sales, household hazardous waste collection, mulch sales, educational booths, raffle prizes, and give-a-ways. The event schedule is as follows: (please note that there are various start and end times).

9:00 am to 1:00 pm 
County staff will provide give-a-ways and are available to answer questions about solid waste and recycling services. There will also be representatives from Chatham County Cooperative Extension, Land & Water Resources, and Parks & Recreation with educational booths and activities. Residents can enter to win one of several wonderful door prizes, including a wheel barrow, rain barrel, compost bin, load of mulch, tree, garden supplies, and more.

Free paper document shredding is available. Chatham residents can bring up to three boxes or bags of paper to shred.

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a medicine “take back” as a safe way for residents to get rid of unwanted medications. No needles, sharps, or liquids will be accepted.

Enviro World backyard compost bins will be sold for $45. A companion kitchen collector is only $5. Cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted.

9:00 am to 3:00 pm
The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility will accept items like cleaners and solvents, paint, gasoline, and electronics of any size from Chatham residents. Visit for more details.

7:30 am to 1:00 pm
The Earth Day event coincides with the county’s usual Saturday mulch sale, but it will be extended until 1:00 pm. Mulch is $5 per scoop, which is approximately one cubic yard. County staff loads the mulch. Bring a tarp to secure the load of mulch. Cash or checks are accepted.

Solid Waste and Recycling Main Office
Main Office: 28 County Services Rd, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Scale Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm 
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1550, Pittsboro, NC 27312 
Main Phone: (919) 542-5516 
Main Fax: (919) 542-0058 

NOTE: This facility is CLOSED on all State Holidays

24-hour Illegal Dumping Hotline: 919-545-7873

Solid Waste & Recycling Calendar: calendar


The Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling Division works to promote environmentally sound activities and to provide a clean, safe and efficient program for the management, collection, reduction, recycling and disposal of solid waste.


The Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling Division is an Enterprise Fund, meaning it relies on fees for its funding.  The division receives no general fund tax dollars. County solid waste fees are billed on property tax statements for all homeowners in the unincorporated areas of Chatham County. These fees are tied to the costs of operating the centers and hauling and disposing of the waste collected at the centers. Click for more on funding.

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The Solid Waste & Recycling Division manages approximately one-third of the solid waste generated in Chatham County. The remaining two-thirds is handled under contract by the towns of Pittsboro, Goldston and Siler City or by private haulers who offer commercial and residential services.

Chatham County has not operated a Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) landfill since October 1993. All solid waste that is not recycled is hauled to privately-owned transfer stations.  We currently pay the transfer stations a per ton tipping fee, and they haul the trash to a privately-owned landfill in Sampson County.

Brian Burkhart, PE
Environmental Quality Director

Staff Directory: Click HERE. 


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