Decal Guidelines & Solid Waste Fees

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A current decal must be shown on each visit to any of the 12 Collection Centers.

2019 Decal

The 2019 decals have arrived! The 2018 decals expire on February 28.
You must have a 2019 decal starting March 1.

The 2019 decals (pictured on the left) were mailed out starting at the end of January. If you have not received your decals by the middle of February, please call the Main Office (919) 542-5516.

Chatham County has 12 Collection Centers for the deposit of household trash and recyclables by Chatham County residents.

Chatham County landowners who pay Solid Waste Fees through their tax bill by the deadline should receive their decals in the mail by the end of January each year.

A set of two decals is issued per qualified dwelling.

Landlords are responsible for distributing decals to their tenants.

Town residents living in the corporate limits of Cary, Goldston, Pittsboro, or Siler City, who want access to the services at the Collection Centers, may purchase decals through the Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling Division. Please use the Decal Request Form.

Additional decals are available for purchase through the Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling Division for $10 per set.  Please use the Decal Request Form.

Businesses and out-of-county residents are prohibited from using the collection centers.

The decal policy was adopted by the Board of Commissioners, November 21, 2005.

FEES

The Solid Waste and Recycling Division does not receive any general tax dollars and instead relies on the Solid Waste Fee and other sources of revenue such as the sale of recyclables, grants, and state funds, to provide programs and services, including operating the 12 Collection Centers.

The $125 Solid Waste Fee is charged to all landowners with dwellings in unincorporated areas of the county. The Solid Waste Fee will appear on your County property tax bill annually. Residents living in the town limits of Cary, Goldston, Pittsboro, and Siler City who wish to have access to the Collection Centers can pay the Solid Waste Fees. 

Contact our office at (919) 542-5516 Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, or email us at recycle@chathamnc.org for information on disposal and recycling options.

Application for Solid Waste Fee Waiver

Dwelling units that have been unoccupied for at least 2 years and do not have utilities (water, electric, septic/sewer) may apply for a waiver from the availability and disposal fees. The Fee Waiver Application must be filed with the Solid Waste & Recycling Division before the fees will be waived. Download the Fee Waiver Application or contact (919) 542-5516 to request an application. All applications must be submitted to the division no later than January 6th.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Don’t my county property taxes pay for the services at the Collection Centers?
A: The Solid Waste and Recycling Division does not receive any general tax dollars and instead relies on the Solid Waste Fee, and other sources of revenue, such as the sale of recyclables, grants, and state funds, to provide programs and services. The Solid Waste Fee funds programs provided by the division including the 12 Collection Centers, Household Hazardous Waste events, household recycling, tire disposal, scrap metal recycling, electronics recycling, illegal dumping, litter clean-ups, educational programming, and more.

Q:  Why am I now being charged one fee?
A: The Solid Waste Fee is charged to all landowners with dwellings in the unincorporated area of the County. On previous tax bills there were two solid waste fees, totaling $125 per dwelling; the two fees have now been combined into one Solid Waste Fee of $125. In the past, residents who had curbside trash or recycling service were exempt from a $34 fee. Chatham County does not provide curbside service; it is all provided by private haulers. With so many different private haulers offering these services throughout the county, there is no efficient system to ensure that all of the correct dwellings were exempt each year.   

Chatham County residents who pay the Solid Waste Fee through their property tax bill, by the deadline, should receive decals in the mail. Any resident with a current decal is able to use the Collection Centers to dispose of trash, bulky items, recyclables and many other items.  

Q: What if I have a private hauler who picks up trash and recycling at my house?
A: Residents who have a private hauler are able to use the Collection Centers in the county to dispose of trash, bulky items, recyclables and many other items with a current decal. Having curbside pickup does not exclude anyone from paying the Solid Waste Fee. It is the same as school taxes- you cannot get an exemption if you do not have children in the county public school system. Plus, the Solid Waste Fee pays for other programs for county residents, such as Household Hazardous Waste events, household recycling, tire disposal, scrap metal recycling, electronics recycling, illegal dumping, litter clean-ups, educational programming, and more.

Landlords and Tenants

Q: If I own a rental property in Chatham County, how do my tenants get their decals?
A: Chatham County landowners who pay Solid Waste Fees through their tax bill by the deadline should receive decals in the mail for their rental properties by the middle of February each year. A set of two decals are issued per qualified dwelling. Landlords are responsible for distributing decals to their tenants.

Q: What if my property is rented to new tenants before the end of the calendar year?
A: If the previous tenants did not return their decals to you, then you, or your new tenants, may purchase additional or replacement sets of decals through the Main Office once we verify the Solid Waste Fees have been paid, and proof of address has been provided. Please use the Decal Request Form.

Q: As the owner of a rental property, may I use the collection centers when I am cleaning out or making repairs to a dwelling?
A: No, this is considered business waste. The centers are designed for regular household trash and recyclables. Business waste can be taken to a transfer station or you can hire a private waste hauler. Contact us for details at (919) 542-5516.

Town Residents

Q: How much do I have to pay if I live in town and want to use the services at the Collection Centers? 
A: Although the towns offer curbside collection of trash and recycling, residents living in the town limits of Cary, Goldston, Pittsboro, or Siler City who wish to have access to the Collection Centers are welcome to pay the $125 Solid Waste Fee per year. In previous years, the fee for town residents was $91 per dwelling because one fee was exempted, but the two fees have now been combined into one Solid Waste Fee. The Solid Waste Fee pays for other programs for County residents, such as Household Hazardous Waste events, household recycling, tire disposal, scrap metal recycling, electronics recycling, illegal dumping, litter clean-ups, educational programming, and more. Please use the Decal Request Form or contact the Main Office.

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