C & D Recycling Ordinance

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The C&D Recycling Ordinance was developed with the intent to minimize the amount of C&D debris being disposed of in landfills and encourage more recycling.

Read the full C&D Recycling Ordinance HERE. Click on Title XI, Chapter 110.

Impacted Projects

The ordinance applies to any C&D project that is 1,000 square feet or greater, located in the unincorporated areas of Chatham County. C&D projects include construction, remodel, demolition, or any other activity requiring a building or demolition permit.

Exempted Projects: Demolition due to fire damage, installation of a pre-fabricated structure, installation of a swimming pool.


For all projects subject to the ordinance, the permit applicant must complete C&D Debris Management section of the Building or Demolition Permit Application. This section asks if you will mix your C&D debris, source-separate it, or a combination of both. 

  • Mixed C&D debris must be hauled to one of the C&D facilities licensed by Chatham County, listed HERE. These licensed facilities meet the ordinance's required minimum annual recycling rate of 30%. You must select one of the licensed facilities on your permit application.
  • Source-separated C&D debris must be hauled to a facility that is capable of reusing or recycling it. Disposal of source-separated debris can cost considerably less than disposal of mixed debris. You will not need to list the facility name(s) on your permit application. In addition to the licensed C&D facilities, some other local options can be found HERE.

Keep all Disposal Records - It's the Law!

Permit holders are required to obtain and keep ALL disposal records for up to one year after project completion.

Disposal records means receipts and/or weight tickets. They include the project address or building permit number, type of material, weight of material, date of disposal, and facility name and location.

Permit holders need to work with their hauler to properly direct C&D debris and obtain these records. Disposal records may be subject to inspection by Chatham County's Environmental Enforcement Officer as proof of compliance with the ordinance.

Contact the Solid Waste & Recycling Division for more information at (919) 542-5516.

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