Disposal and Recycling Centers
Mecklenburg County does not collect curbside materials. The collection at your home is the responsibility of the municipality in which you live. For residents wishing to haul their own materials, Mecklenburg County has two types of drop off centers: Full Service and Self Service.
Full Service Drop-Off Disposal and Recycling Centers
County residents can take their recyclable materials, yard waste, bulky waste, electronic waste, and household hazardous waste to any of the four full-service drop-off centers Monday - Saturday from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Important Things to Know about the Full Service Drop-Off Disposal and Recycling Centers
- Mecklenburg County residents are asked to display a blue entry sticker when using the full service drop off centers. All entry stickers (residential, commercial, out-of-county) are available at the fee booths at the centers. Blue stickers are no cost to County residents. You will be asked to show your driver's license or other proof that you live within Mecklenburg County.
- Residents of Mecklenburg County can dispose up to 5 bags of household (kitchen) trash per day free of charge. If you have more than 5 bags, or if you are a commercial entity, you will need to go to the fee booth to be charged.
- Residential and commercial fees now apply for the disposal of bulky waste, construction and demolition, and yard waste. .
- We accept debit cards and most major credit cards except American Express as payment for services; we do not accept checks or cash.
- If your transaction is made using a business credit card and/or from a business or commercial vehicle the transaction will be charged at the business/non-residential rate.
- Non-Mecklenburg County residents may purchase a $80 annual sticker to receive same benefits as a Mecklenburg County resident. Purchase the sticker at any of the fee booths at the recycling centers.
- Please separate all yard waste, construction/demolition debris, and bulky trash prior to visiting a facility. Mixed loads are not accepted. Some items like yard debris are banned from landfilling. \So please separate materials before you arrive at our facility. Mixed loads will be charged at the C&D rate.
- Aluminum (Cans, foil, trays with no food residue)
- Antifreeze (20 gal.)
- Appliances (stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, water heaters, etc.)
- Books (Text, soft and Hardback)
- Batteries (rechargeable to the Full-Service Recycling Center in Household Hazardous Waste area, only. All others are trash)
- Corrugated Cardboard
- Cartons (Juice, milk, and soup)
- Cell phones
- Cereal, snacks, and shoe boxes
- Clothing and shoes
- Computer Equipment (CPU's, monitors, laptops, printers, peripherals) – Limit 2
- Construction & Demolition Debris
- Cooking Oil (20 lbs.)
- Empty Aerosol Cans
- Foam (White Rigid)
- Garbage (limitations apply)
- Glass (bottles, jars, any color)
- Household Hazardous Waste (residents, only)
- Lawn Movers (remove hazardous chemicals)
- Mattress/Box Springs (Limit 1 each)
- Motor Oil & Oil Filters
- Paint: oil and water-based (up to 100 pounds from residents)
- Rigid plastics (5 gal. buckets, soda crates, lawn furniture, carts, garbage cans w/or w/o wheels)
- Satellite dishes
- Scrap metal (bicycle frames, grills, mowers, pipes, etc.)
- Shredded paper
- Steel Food Cans
- Tin Cans
- Tires (5 tire Limit)
- White Goods (stoves, empty refrigerators/freezers)
- Yard Waste
- Plastic bags, plastic wrap or Plastic film (take to retail stores such as Harris Teeter or Walmart).
- Ceramics or glassware such as Pyrex, flower vases, picture frames etc. (if in good condition, please donate. If broken, please place in the trash).
- Paper plates, diapers, cat litter, aluminum cooking pans, napkins (please place in the trash can).
- Wire or plastic hangers (take back to the cleaners or donate to a recycling clothing store, such as Goodwill).
- Clamshells or Styrofoam products (trash can).
- Plastic food trays or paper/Styrofoam/plastic cups (trash can).
- Explosives, ammunition, or radioactive items
- All trailers over 8 ft. long need to weigh in and out or be measured to calculate the disposal fee.
- Hickory Grove and North Mecklenburg accept trailers that are 12 ft. long or smaller for Bulky and C&D Waste. Oversized vehicles greater than 12 ft. will be redirected.
- Compost Central accepts trailers up to 16 ft. long for Bulk and C&D Waste.
- The Foxhole Landfill will accept trailers over 16 ft. long. Note: the landfill is different than the general drop-off area. The landfill portion is closed on Saturdays.
- The Foxhole Landfill directs all trailers 12 ft. and longer to the landfill's working face to unload after crossing the scales.
Self Service Recycling Centers
Solid Waste and Recycling operates five self service recycling centers that are limited to accept the same items that you can recycle with curbside cart recycling. These items include: aluminum and metal cans, cardboard, milk and juice cartons, glass bottles, paper, and plastic bottles and jugs.
Materials Recovery Facility
The Metrolina Recycling Center, also known as a Materials Recovery Facility or MRF, is the County's processing facility that sorts all of the single stream recyclable materials collected from residential curbside programs, schools, and drop-off programs throughout Mecklenburg County and several neighboring jurisdictions such as Cabarrus County and the City of Concord. Please note: the MRF is not a location for any personal recycling drop-off.