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2014 Waste Characterization Study

In January 2014, Chatham County conducted its second Waste Characterization Study. The study sampled all compactors and containers for bulky trash located at Chatham County’s 12 Collection Centers.

See the news release for a summary of results or download the final report.


10-Year Solid Waste Plan Update

The 2012 update to the 10-Year Solid Waste Management Plan Chatham County (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2022) has been prepared in accordance with NC General Statute 130A-309.09A (b) which requires local governments to submit updates every three years to the Solid Waste Section of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

This plan update is developed in cooperation with Chatham County, Goldston, Pittsboro, and Siler City local governments, and the Chatham County Solid Waste Advisory Committee.

Please be advised that this is a current version of the plan, and intended for use as a working document. It does not include the background, history, and discussion of program development contained in the original plan and previous updates. Copies of the original plan and updates are available on request from the Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling Division.

Download the 2012 Chatham County Solid Waste Management Plan Update HERE and the appendices below. 

Appendix A - Solid Waste Definitions and Acronyms

Appendix B - Disaster Debris Plan - No map 

Appendix B - Disaster Map Only


Download the 2012 Draft Summary of Intended Actions HERE.


2011 Waste Characterization Study

In June 2011, Chatham County conducted its first-ever Waste Characterization Study of all compactors and containers for bulky trash located at Chatham County’s 12 Collection Centers. The purpose of the study was to determine the components of our waste stream and develop a baseline measurement for future comparisons. The division will use the information to assess which items in the waste stream could be recycled in our current programs and which items could possibly be recycled or composted in the future.

Download the final report below.

2011 Waste Characterization Final Report

Appendix A

Appendix B


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