Collection Centers

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There are 12 Chatham County Collection Centers throughout the county are for residents to dispose of household trash and recycling.

Collection Center Locations and Hours of Operation

12 Centers are open 7 days a week; with 8 closed on Wednesdays. More details- Collection Center Locations & Hours of Operation

Chatham County Residents Only

Only Chatham County residents with a current decal can use the Collection Centers. Residents must show a decal every time they use a center. No out-of-county residents can use the centers 

Businesses are prohibited from using any of the Collection Centers. This includes builders, contractors, developers, or individuals working on income generating projects (e.g., home or building construction, remodeling, repair, or demolition). No materials generated by construction or repair of income-producing properties (e.g., rental properties) can be accepted at the centers. All business waste must go to a transfer station or landfill for disposal. 

Accepted and Unaccepted Items

Learn what items are accepted at the Collection Centers, Main Facility, and Household Hazardous Waste events, and how to prepare them, through our online guide How Do I Dispose of...

Learn about household recycling and items not accepted, with alternative disposal options. 

Maximum Amounts

Large Load Limit- Residents may bring a maximum of one pickup truck sized load in a 7 day period to the Collection Centers. A pickup truck sized load is 120 cubic feet (8 ft. long x 5 ft. wide x 3 ft. high). Residents with large loads will be asked to sign a form to be able to dispose of any materials. 

Residents who have more than a large load can dispose of the equivalent of a large load and either bring the remaining back in 7 days or take the rest to a transfer station or landfill.

Motor Oil- Residents may bring a maximum of 5 gallons of motor oil and other accepted liquids in a 7-day period. 

Tires- Residents may bring 4 tires in a 6-month period. Tires must be smaller than 20 inches in diameter and removed from the rim. The Main Facility can accept tires that are larger than 20 inches and an unlimited amount.

Residents with these items will be asked to sign a form.

Discard Items in their Designated Containers

Much of what is thrown away and buried in a landfill still has value, and can be returned to the economy. By simply taking a few minutes to separate your items and place them in their designated containers, you have the biggest impact on the wise use of your annual fees. You help decrease the amount spent on landfill disposal tipping fees; you help the county comply with applicable state laws; you help generate revenue to cover some operational costs; and you help to keep your annual fees low.

Additional Policies

Equipment Safety- Only trained employees may operate site equipment. For everyone’s safety, residents are not permitted to press any buttons, open or close gates or doors, or climb on or in any equipment at the centers. Residents should not unload from the back of their vehicles into a compactor or pre-crusher. The safety equipment on these machines is set up so people cannot fall in; if a resident is in their vehicle they are bypassing the safety equipment. 

Children and Pet Safety- Due to the potential for serious injury, children are not permitted near the trash compactors or pre-crushers. We encourage parents to allow their children to participate in the disposal of safer items like plastic bottles or aluminum cans in their designated containers. Pets must be on a leash or remain in your vehicle. 

5 Mile Speed Limit- We do our best to maintain clean and safe sites, and we also ask everyone to contribute by respecting the posted 5 mile per hour speed limit as you enter, drive through, and exit the collection centers. Watch for children, pets, fellow residents, staff, other vehicles, containers, or any other potential obstacles. 

No Tobacco Use- Tobacco use is not allowed on any Chatham County property, including the Collection Centers. This includes the use of cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, etc. Additionally, lit cigarettes present a serious fire hazard where trash and other potentially combustible materials are being disposed.

No Scavenging- Once an item is placed at the center for recycling or disposal, it becomes the property of Chatham County. Scavenging is strictly prohibited by state and local law. Residents are not allowed to remove items from any containers at the Collection Centers. Only employees and contractors are authorized to remove items from containers to ensure items are disposed in their proper containers. Residents are encouraged to take or leave any reusable items in the Swap Shop.

Contact Us

We cannot address issues or give credit where credit is due if we don’t hear from you. Please call our Main Office at (919) 542-5516 or email us at recycle@chathamnc.org with any comments, concerns, questions, suggestions, reports of illegal or questionable activity, center operations, employees, or customer service experiences. We always welcome your feedback.

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