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Earth Day Event- April 27

Our annual Earth Day event will be Saturday, April 27 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Main Facility- 28 County Services Road, Pittsboro. The event is open to all Chatham County residents (no decal needed) and will include:

Document Shredding
Free paper document shredding is available. Chatham residents can bring up to three boxes or bags of paper from their household. This service provides a post-tax season opportunity for residents to safely destroy and recycle old tax records, credit card statements, and other personal documents. No business waste.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility will accept household hazardous waste items such as cleaners, solvents, gasoline, motor oil, stains, oil-based paint, and electronics of any size from Chatham residents. No trash and no businesses accepted. Visit our HHW page for a full list of accepted items.

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.

Compost Bins for Sale
Backyard compost bins will be sold for $45. Composting is a great way to reduce your waste at home! Staff will be onsite to answer questions. 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 also enter to win one of several door prizes, including a yard cart, rain barrel, compost bin, tree, garden supplies, and more.

The Earth Day event coincides with the county’s usual Saturday mulch sales which is from 7:30 am to Noon. Mulch is $5 per scoop, which is approximately one cubic yard. A large scoop will be used for larger vehicles and is $10 per scoop. County staff will load the mulch and don’t forget to bring a tarp to secure the load. Cash or checks are accepted.

Contact the main office if you have any questions: 919-542-5516.


2019 DecalThe 2019 decals have arrived!

The 2018 decals expire on February 28. You must have a 2019 decal to use the Collection Centers starting March 1.

Did not receive your 2019 decals yet? Need to purchase an extra set? Are you a new resident? Visit our decal webpage for more 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 

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.

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.

Staff Directory: Click HERE. 


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