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"How do I dispose of..." is an online disposal guide. This information only applies to what can and cannot be disposed of at the Chatham County Collection CentersMain Facility, and Household Hazardous Waste events. If you have curbside collection you should contact your private hauler to find out what you can and cannot put in their containers.

The recycling rules listed are for the Collection Centers. If you have curbside pickup, that is provided by a private hauler. However, you can follow all of the same rules we have listed, expect you would put your glass bottles and jars in your recycling bin as well. There is no need to separate glass bottles and jars at the curb.

If we cannot accept it and advise you to go to a facility that is not part of Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling, we cannot guarantee they will accept the item. You should contact them directly for details.

REMEMBER- You must have a current decal to use any of the Collection Centers and show it to the attendant every time you use the center. You do not need a decal to use the Main Facility. For Household Hazardous Waste events you must be a resident of Chatham County, the hazardous waste must come from your household (no businesses), and you must show ID with a local address.

We will update information as needed, so check back from time to time to see if anything has changed. If you do not see the item you are looking for or have any questions, If you have any questions please contact the Main Office Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm at (919) 542-5516 or email us anytime at recycle@chathamnc.org.

Please note that due to COVID-19 and the stay-at-home order, there are service impacts. Learn more details.

All events in May are cancelled. Learn more details

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  • Aerosol Cans

  • Aluminum Cans

  • Aluminum Foil and Trays

  • Ammunition

  • Antifreeze

  • Asbestos

  • Ashes

  • Bags- animal food bags, chip bags, plastic bags, etc

  • Barrels and Drums

  • Batteries- auto, lawn, etc. (lead-acid batteries)

  • Batteries- household

  • Battery Backup

  • Boat

  • Books

  • Box Spring

  • Brick, Concrete, and Rock

  • Cabinets, Doors, and Windows

  • Cable or Satellite Box

  • Camera

  • Caps and Lids from Plastic Bottles, Tubs, Jugs, and Jars

  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors

  • Cardboard

  • Carpet and Padding

  • Cartons- juice, milk, broth, etc.

  • CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, etc.

  • Cell Phones, Tablets, and other Small Electronics

  • Chair, table, etc.

  • Chemicals from a Household- solvents, stains, cleaners, etc.

  • Christmas Tree

  • Clamshell Containers

  • Clothing and Shoes

  • Coleman Fuel

  • Coleman Tanks

  • Compostable or Plant-Based Containers

  • Computers- Desktop and Laptop

  • Construction & Demolition (C&D) Waste

  • Cooking Oil

  • Cookware and Dishes

  • Cooler- metal, plastic, or Styrofoam

  • Cords and Cables

  • Couch, sofa, love seat, etc.

  • Countertops

  • Creosote Items

  • Cups- Paper, Plastic, or Styrofoam

  • Dead Animals

  • Diesel Fuel

  • Drink Pouches

  • Drums and Barrels

  • Dryer

  • Drywall/Sheetrock

  • DVD/Blu-ray Player, VCR, and Gaming Systems

  • Electronics

  • Fire Extinguishers

  • Firearms and Ammunition

  • Flares

  • Flooring- vinyl, laminate, tile, wood, etc.

  • Flower Pots

  • Freezer

  • Furniture- chair, table, couch, bed, etc.

  • Gasoline and Mixed Gas

  • Gear Oil

  • Gift Wrapping

  • Glass

  • Glass Bottles and Jars

  • Glass Window

  • Gun

  • Hangers

  • Hard Drive

  • Helium Tanks

  • Hose, Rope, and Other Similar Items

  • Household Hazardous Waste

  • Household Trash

  • Ink Cartridges

  • Insecticide, Herbicide, Pesticide- unused

  • Insulation

  • Junk Mail

  • Kerosene

  • Keyboard and Mouse

  • Kitty Litter

  • Laptops and Desktop Computers

  • Large Appliances- washer, dryer, refrigerator, freezer

  • Lawn Mower

  • Lead-acid Batteries

  • Lightbulbs

  • Magazines

  • Mattress and Box Spring

  • Medication- Unused

  • Metal- fencing, barbed wire, and miscellaneous metal

  • Mirror

  • Mobile Home

  • Motor Oil and Filters

  • Mouse and Keyboard

  • Napkins

  • Needles and Sharps

  • Newspapers and Inserts

  • Office Paper

  • Packaging Peanuts

  • Paint- latex, oil-based, and spray

  • Paper Cups

  • Paper- miscellaneous

  • Paper Towel and Toilet Paper Rolls- Empty

  • Paper Towels, Napkins, and Tissues

  • Pesticide Containers- from farmers and commercial applications

  • Pizza Boxes

  • Plastic Bags

  • Plastic Bottles, Tubs, Jugs, and Jars

  • Plastic Cups

  • Plastic to-go Containers

  • Plumbing and Fixtures

  • Printers, Scanners, and Fax Machines

  • PVC Piping

  • Radio and Stereo

  • Refrigerant Tanks

  • Refrigerator

  • Rigid Bulky Plastics- buckets, baskets, toys, etc.

  • Routers and Modems

  • Sheetrock/Drywall

  • Shingles- vinyl, laminate, tile, wood, etc.

  • Shredded Paper

  • Siding- vinyl, laminate, tile, wood, etc.

  • Small Appliances- vacuum, microwave, iron, etc.

  • Small Electronics- cell phone, hard drive, speakers, router, etc.

  • Smoke Detectors

  • Soil, Dirt, and Sand

  • Solo Cups

  • Speakers

  • Steel Cans

  • Stereo and Radio

  • Straws, Ribbon, and Bows

  • Styrofoam

  • Surge Protector

  • Tablets, Cell Phones, and other Small Electronics

  • Tanks

  • Television

  • Tile and Ceramics

  • Tires

  • Tissues

  • To-go Containers

  • Toilet Paper and Paper Towel Rolls- Empty

  • Toilet, Sink, Tub, etc.

  • Trailer

  • Transmission Fluid

  • Trash- Business

  • Trash- Household

  • Vehicles

  • Washing Machine

  • Wood- treated, untreated, lumber, and broken pallets

  • Wooden Pallets

  • Workout Equipment

  • Yard Waste- grass, leaves, shrubs, limbs, stumps, etc.