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Are you looking for someone to talk about recycling, waste management, or waste reduction efforts? Or just want to learn more about programs and services offered? Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling is able to offer a variety of educational opportunities anywhere in the county. We have presentations, activities, and lessons available for all ages and types of audiences!

We have participated in the following types of events:

  • Interactive presentations at schools and day care centers
  • Presentations to homeowners associations or neighborhood groups
  • Presentations to community groups like Ruritan Club or Scouts
  • Tours of collection centers and recycling facilities
  • Tabling at community events, with activities for children
  • Activities during summer camps

We are open to participating in any events to help provide education to residents of Chatham County. To schedule an educational opportunity please contact Shannon Culpepper, Recycling and Education Specialist at or 919-545-7874.

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SW&R has created a new educator guide- Don’t Waste It! It is a guide to waste management, recycling, composting, and waste reduction, which includes 11 lessons covering five themes: municipal solid waste, recycling, plastics, composting, and landfills.

Don’t Waste It! is for both formal and non-formal educators with lessons for pre-K to 12th graders that can easily be adapted for adult audiences. Each lesson includes a group activity, independent practice, extensions, and additional activities.

You can receive a copy of Don’t Waste It! by attending one of several workshops offered throughout the year. The workshop will provide a base of knowledge needed to teach each lesson and run through many of the lessons. See below for the list of upcoming workshops.

We are able to hold Don’t Waste It! workshops anywhere in North Carolina. If you are interested in hosting a workshop in your area please contact Shannon Culpepper, Recycling and Education Specialist at or (919) 545-7874.

Upcoming Don't Waste It! Workshops

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Where: 65 E. Chatham Street, Pittsboro (Chatham County Old Ag Building)

Cost: Free for Chatham County School Teachers

$10 for all others

Minimum: 10; Maximum: 30

Registration: You must register by Friday, February 28. Register by completing the online form-

Payment: Payment must be received to confirm registration. We can accept payment over the phone Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm at (919) 542-5516. Please note: there is a 3% charge for using a credit card, so the cost would be $11.

Alternatively, you can make a check out to "Chatham County" and mail to PO Box 1550 Pittsboro, NC 27312. Attention: Shannon Culpepper.

If you are local, you can bring your payment to the SW&R main office at 28 County Services Road Pittsboro between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm. 

Saturday, May 30, 2020 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Where: Cape Fear River Watch- 99 Locks 1 Road, Riegelwood (outside Wilmington)

Cost: $10, includes a copy of Don't Waste It!

Registration: Will open in March for this workshop, but go ahead and mark it on your calendar. 

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