Mixed Recycling at the Collection Centers
Starting January 26, when you use the Collection Centers, most household recyclables can be mixed together. Cardboard, paper, aluminum cans, steel cans, and plastics will all go into the “Mixed Recycling” container. Glass bottles and jars will continue to be collected in a separate container, but all glass colors (clear, brown, green, and blue) can be combined.
These changes will also take place at the Main Facility (28 County Services Road, Pittsboro) where we have recycling containers for residents and businesses to use, without the need for a current decal.
Not only will these changes make it easier to recycle, residents will also be able to recycle more items, particularly plastics. With mixed recycling, we will be able to accept plastic to-go containers and produce-type containers. We can also accept rigid plastics such as buckets and plastic toys, as long as they do not have a lot of metal and are small enough to fit in 96-gallon cart.
Below are the images of the signs that you will see on the containers when you visit the Collection Centers. There are pictures and descriptions about what we can and cannot accept. This will not be a complete list, and we will be updating the website as needed, but if you have any questions please ask the attendants at the Collection Centers or call the Main Office at
One thing to note is that all items must be loose when put into the Mixed Recycling and Glass Recycling containers, not in plastic or paper bags. Plastic bags cannot be recycled at the Collection Centers, but clean, dry plastic bags can be recycled at most grocery stores.
The only item that we accept now that we will not be able to accept after the change to mixed recycling is shredded paper. Shredded paper can be composted or used as liners in flower beds. The Solid Waste and Recycling Division offers free shredding each year at our annual Earth Day Event. Chatham residents can bring up to three boxes or bags of paper to be shredded. This year’s event will be Saturday, April 22, 2017.
These changes only apply to the Chatham County Collection Centers. If you have curbside collection service, please contact your provider to learn about what you can and cannot recycle through them.
Download the Solid Waste & Recycling Guide, where you can learn all about the available services and options for your trash and recycling needs.