2020 Decals Required Starting March 1

The 2020 decals were mailed beginning January 15. If you have not received your decal by February 15 please give our Main Office a call at 919-542-5516. Visit the decal page for more details.

The 2019 decals will expire on February 29, 2020. You must have a 2020 decal starting March 1.

Chatham County has 12 Collection Centers for the deposit of household trash and recyclables by Chatham County residents.

Changes to Mixed Recycling Starting November 2019 

We are making changes to what is accepted in our Mixed Recycling to ensure the items residents are placing in the bin will get recycled. 

Plastic clamshells, other to-go containers, rigid plastics, and aerosol cans are NO longer accepted in Mixed Recycling.

Clamshells are containers that have a hinged lid, like a berry container. Rigid plastics include items like buckets, baskets, and toys. Aerosol cans can be recycled in the Scrap Metal Bin if they are empty.

To learn more about these changes visit Recycling.

Construction & Demolition (C&D) Pilot Program- NEW

For small, do-it-yourself projects, completed by the homeowner, C&D waste can be taken to any of the 12 Collection Centers.  

SW&R is starting a pilot program at two Collection Centers for residents to recycle construction & demolition (C&D) waste. The C&D collected will go to a C&D facility where the items will be sorted; many C&D materials can be recycled or reused.

C&D collection will be available at the Hadley and Goldston Collection Centers only. The centers will accept C&D materials from residents with a current decal who are doing the work themselves. Contractors and businesses are not allowed to use the centers. 

Visit C&D Pilot at Collection Centers for all the details. 

How do I Dispose of...?

Do you have an item to dispose of and you just aren't sure how? Visit our online disposal guide to learn how.

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 
Email: recycle@chathamnc.org

NOTE: This facility is CLOSED on all State Holidays

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

Visit our Main Facility page to learn about what items can be accepted at the Main Facility.

Check out the Solid Waste & Recycling Calendar for events and closings throughout the year.


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.

Staff Directory: Click HERE.