Service Impacts Due to COVID-19 and NC Stay-at-Home Order
Updated March 30:
Due to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s Stay-at-Home Order, Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling will be making changes to some of its services.
The Collection Centers will remain open and operating with normal hours. However, effective March 30, 2020, the Swap Shops are closed. The Electronics Recycling program is suspended until the processor can reopen. Electronics accepted in the recycling program are banned from disposal in landfills, so they cannot be thrown away. Residents will need to hold onto those items until the Electronics Recycling program is back up and running. For a list of items, visit our Electronics Recycling page.
Starting March 31, the Main Facility will suspend some services. Electronics Recycling for both residents and commercial businesses is suspended. Yard waste disposal and inert debris disposal for residents is suspended. Commercial businesses may still dispose of yard waste and inert debris, but MUST have an account with Solid Waste & Recycling. Businesses that do not currently have an account, should call the Main Facility before bringing yard waste or inert debris at (919) 542-5516 Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..
Those with scrap metal, mixed recycling, glass bottles and jars, or tires can still access the Main Facility, whether residential or commercial, but the gate will be closed. Individuals will need to call the office when arriving at the gate, so staff can open it. The Main Facility will not be able to accept batteries, lightbulbs, tanks, pesticide containers, or Styrofoam.
Mulch sales for the month of April have been cancelled. Mulch sales will resume on the first Saturday in May, unless the stay-at-home order is extended. The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Medicine Take Back event scheduled for April 18 has been cancelled. However, there will be HHW events monthly through November, so residents can bring their items to a future event. Learn more about Household Hazardous Waste.
All of these changes will be in effect until, at least, April 30. As this is an ever-changing situation, please check here for future updates.
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
NOTE: This facility is CLOSED on all State Holidays
24-hour Illegal Dumping Hotline: 919-545-7873
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.
- Collection Centers
- Compost Bin Sales
- Yard Waste & Mulch
- Event Recycling
- Land-Clearing & Inert Debris (LCID) Landfill
- Household Hazardous Waste Program
- Electronics Recycling
- Private Haulers
- Events at the Main Facility
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.