The Chatham County Drop-off Centers will no longer be accepting food and beverage glass for recycling beginning Monday, July 13, 2015.
- News Paper
- Office Paper
- Scrap Metal
- Cans (Cleaned soup or food)
- Plastics 1 & 2 (clear bottle, Milk Jug, & Detergent bottle)
- Used Cooking Oil
- Black plastic plant nursery pots
- Used Eye Glasses
- Used Motor Oil
- Lead Acid Batteries
- Rechargeable Batteries
- Old CD's
- Used Ink & Toner Cartridges
- Electronics (NO TVs)
- Mobile phones
- Plastic shopping bags
Please remember to pre-sort your recyclables. Drop-Off Center attendants are required to have all materials sorted. Residents will be required to sort materials at the Drop-Off Centers if it has not been sorted prior to arrival. Please note that all residential loads are subject to inspection. The County does retain the right to reject any material brought to a residential drop-off center.
Where do I recycle items that are not listed?
Click here for information on recycling: CFL's, Fluorescent Lamps, Old Medicine, Old Paint, Flammable Liquids, Ammunition, Waste Tires
Automotive batteries. Automotive batteries are only collected at the RCEC.
Construction debris from full house demolitions or major renovation projects (even if the resident is doing the construction themselves).
Land clearing or tree stumps
Household hazardous waste
The County also CANNOT accept:
What is household hazardous waste?
DO NOT PLACE LIQUID PAINT IN THE GARBAGE CAN - Add kitty litter or saw dust to liquid oil paints to solidify them before placing the cans -lid off- in the garbage. Latex paints are not considered hazardous, but they must be solidified before disposal so simply leave the lid off the can so the paint will dry. Dispose in the garbage – lid off. ONLY empty paint cans or cans with solidified paint can be put into the garbage container.
Household hazardous wastes are any product labeled: toxic, poison, corrosive, flammable, combustible or irritant that is thrown into the household garbage can.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency,
“Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be "household hazardous waste" or "HHW." Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them.”
Whenever possible, find more environmentally friendly products in place of commonly hazardous products. Using common products like baking soda, vinegar, lemons, salt, and olive oil work effectively to clean and protect. See the suggested links listed below for more information on alternatives.
If you have household hazardous wastes that you must dispose of, follow these suggestions for proper disposal:
Mix out-dated or no longer needed pills with coffee grounds before disposing of them in the garbage (DO NOT DISPOSE OF IN THE TOILET OR DOWN THE DRAIN). The coffee grounds make them unappealing to garbage snoopers, such as animals. Placing outdated or longer needed pills in the garbage can also keeps the medications out of the water system.
Triple wrap old pesticides and herbicides in plastic before putting them in the garbage.
Open solvents or fuels in a well ventilated area away from children and pets so the chemical will evaporate. Once evaporated, triple wrap the empty container in plastic and place it in the garbage.
For more information on household hazardous waste, please visit: