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Earth Day Event

Free document shredding, medication take back, and more.

Our annual Earth Day event is open to all Chatham County residents. No decal is required. We are located at the Solid Waste & Recycling Main Facility at 28 County Services Road, which is about 6 miles west of Pittsboro, off Highway 64.

There will be a lot of different aspects of the event, details of which are listed below. Please note the times vary. 

9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Document Shredding
Free paper document shredding is available. Chatham residents can bring up to three boxes or bags of paper from their household.  The service provides a post-tax season opportunity for residents to safely destroy and recycle old tax records, credit card statements, and other personal documents.

Compost Bins for Sale
Enviro World backyard compost bins will be sold for $45. Cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted.

Give-a-ways and Raffle Prizes
County staff will have free give-a-ways and are available to answer any questions you may have about solid waste and recycling services. Residents can enter to win one of several door prizes, including a yard cart, rain barrel, compost bin, tree, garden supplies, and more.

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility will accept items such as cleaners, solvents, gasoline, motor oil, stains, oil-based paint, and electronics of any size from Chatham residents. A full list is available at our HHW page

Medication Take-Back
The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a medication “take back” as a safe way for residents to dispose of unwanted medications. No needles, sharps, or liquids will be accepted.

7:30 am to 1:00 pm

Mulch Sales
The Earth Day event coincides with the county’s usual Saturday mulch sales. 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.

For additional event information, visit or contact the Solid Waste & Recycling Division at 919-542-5516.