A current decal must be shown on each visit to any of the 12 Collection Centers.
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.
The Solid Waste and Recycling Division does not receive any general tax dollars and instead relies on two annual fees, and other sources of revenue such as the sale of recyclables, to fund its programs and services, including operating the 12 Collection Centers.
- $34 Disposal Fee - charged to landowners with dwellings in the unincorporated areas of the county who rely on the Collection Centers as their primary legal means to dispose of household waste. Those living within town limits are not charged.
- $91 Solid Waste Fee - charged to all landowners with dwellings in unincorporated areas of the county, and also charged to town residents who want access to services at the Collection Centers.
Contact our office at (919) 542-5516 Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.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 5th.
Frequently Asked Questions
LANDLORDS & 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 end of January 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 Solid Waste & Recycling 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.
Although the towns offer curbside collection of trash and recycling, town residents are also welcome to pay the solid waste fee and display a current decal to use the services at the county’s collection centers.
Q: Don’t my county property taxes pay for the services at the collection centers?
A: No. The Solid Waste and Recycling Division has not received any general tax dollars since 2003. We rely on annual fees to operate our programs, including the 12 Collection Centers.
Q: How much do I have to pay if I live in town and want to use the services at the collection centers?
A: $91 per year. Town residents living in the corporate limits of Cary, Goldston, Pittsboro & Siler City may purchase a set of two decals through the Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling Division. Please use the Decal Request Form.