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This information only applies to what can and cannot be disposed of or recycled at the Chatham County Collection Centers, Main Facility, and Household Hazardous Waste Events. You should contact your private hauler if you have curbside collection to find out what you can and cannot put in their containers.

If we cannot accept it and advise you to go somewhere else, we cannot guarantee they will accept the item. You should contact them directly for details.

REMEMBER- You must have a current decal to use any of the Collection Centers and show it to the attendant every time.

We will update information as needed, so check back from time to time to see if anything has changed.

If you do not see the item you are looking for, please email us at recycle@chathamnc.org or call the Main Office at (919) 542-5516. We will be able to give you the answer and also add it to this list.

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  • Aerosol Cans

  • Aluminum Cans

  • Aluminum Foil and Trays

  • Antifreeze

  • Ashes

  • Batteries- auto, lawn, etc. (lead-acid batteries)

  • Batteries- household (alkaline, lithium, lithium-ion, cadmium, nickel, etc.)

  • Boat

  • Books

  • Brick, Concrete, and Rock

  • Caps and Lids from Plastic Bottles and Tubs

  • Cardboard

  • Cartons- juice, milk, broth, etc.

  • Chemicals from a Household- solvents, stains, cleaners, etc.

  • Clothing and Shoes

  • Coleman Fuel

  • Compostable or Plant-Based Containers

  • Construction & Demolition Waste

  • Cooking Oil

  • Cooler- plastic, Styrofoam, metal

  • Dead Animals

  • Diesel Fuel

  • Drink Pouches

  • Drums and Barrels

  • Fire Extinguishers

  • Flares

  • Flower Pots

  • Furniture- couch, sleeper sofa, chair, table, etc.

  • Gasoline and Mixed Gas

  • Gear Oil

  • Glass Bottles and Jars

  • Glass Window

  • Helium Tanks

  • Hoses, Rope, and Other Similar Items

  • Insecticide, Herbicide, Pesticide- unused

  • Kerosene

  • Large Appliances- washer, dryer, refrigerator, freezer

  • Lightsbulbs

  • Mattress and/or Boxspring

  • Medication- Unused

  • Metal- fencing, barbed wire, and miscellaneous metal

  • Mirror

  • Miscellaneous Bags- feed bags, chip bags, etc.

  • Motor Oil and Filters

  • Needles and Sharps

  • Newspapers

  • Paint- latex, oil-based, and spray

  • Paper- miscellaneous (office paper, junk mail, magazines, paperboard, etc.)

  • Pesticide Containers- Empty

  • Pizza Boxes

  • Plastic Bags

  • Plastic Bottles and Tubs

  • Plastic to-go Containers

  • Propane Tanks, including Coleman Tanks

  • PVC Piping

  • Rigid Plastics- buckets, baskets, toys, tubs, containers, coolers, etc.

  • Shredded Paper

  • Small Appliances- vacuum, microwave, iron, etc.

  • Small Electronics- remote control, DVD player, cell phone, keyboard, mouse, laptop, modem, etc.

  • Smoke and CO2 Detectrs

  • Soil, Dirt, and Sand

  • Solo Cups and Other Plastic Cups

  • Steel Cans

  • Straws, Ribbon, and Bows

  • Styrofoam

  • Television, computer, printer, etc

  • Tile and Ceramics

  • Tires

  • Toilet, Sink, etc.

  • Trailer

  • Transmission Fluid

  • Trash- Business

  • Trash- Household

  • Weapons and Ammunition

  • Wooden Pallets

  • Yard Waste- grass, leaves, shrubs, limbs, stumps, etc.