The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department operates the Orange County Integrated Solid Waste Management facility which contains the Construction and Demolition Landfill, Regulated Material Recycling, and Mulch and Compost Sales. The Department also manages five Solid Waste and Recycling Centers, including two with Household Hazardous Waste and Food Waste drop-offs, and the County’s comprehensive Recycling Collection Programs for residential and commercial entities.

Department Holiday Schedule

Inclement Weather Update 1/18

Due to the inclement weather, all Orange County Solid Waste Facilities will be operating on a two hour delay for in-person services tomorrow, January 18, 2022. The Waste & Recycling Centers and Disposal Center (Landfill) will open at 9:00 AM. 

If your recycling is not able to be collected as scheduled on Tuesday due to the delay, please leave your cart curbside and it will be collected by the end of the week. Recycling carts that were not collected on Monday January 17th should also be left curbside and will be collected by the end of the week.

Please check back for updates as conditions change.

MLK ScheduleAnnouncements

University Place Drop-Off Site Closure

University Place drop-off recycling site to close Jan. 31

The University Place drop-off recycling site used by Orange County Solid Waste will no longer be available to residents after Jan. 31, 2022. The property owner is redeveloping the area and has decided not to continue with the month-to-month agreement.

Residents can use one of our other staffed recycling sites, including the Eubanks Road Waste and Recycling Center in Chapel Hill, for their recycling disposal needs now and after January 31, 2022. To find other 24-hr drop-off sites in the County, visit this page, and for full-service Waste & Recycling Centers, visit this page.

All dumpsters will be removed from University Place. Anyone caught dumping recycling after the deadline may be fined for illegal dumping.

Services Returned!

Salvage Sheds

The Salvage Sheds at our Waste and Recycling Centers reopened on Thursday, July 1st!  Please see the Salvage Sheds page for more information on what items are accepted.  We require that visitors wear masks if they are unable to socially distance themselves.  

All donations must be in WORKING CONDITION.

Shred Center

The Shred Center is a free service available to Orange County residents, Orange County small businesses, Orange County Departments, all Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Carrboro, and Town of Hillsborough employees, as well as Town departments. 

Up to 2 boxes (business size) of CONFIDENTIAL documents to be shredded on-site that day. Drop-off will take place outside, but we require that visitors wear masks if they are unable to socially distance themselves.  Visitors WILL NOT be allowed to watch their documents being shredded.

No newspaper, magazines, or catalogs. No plastic or metal binders or electronic media. No binder clips, paper clips, or large staples.

The Shred Center is by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Appointments are available on Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8am-2pm. To schedule an appointment please call 919-968-2788 or send an email to  

Please see the Shred Center page for additional information.

Solid Waste update on COVID-19 Virus Response

The Orange County Solid Waste Department is undertaking some very specific responses to assist with the efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. For broader information on County services, see the County’s main web page: The changes below will be in effect until further notice. Please monitor the website for any updates.

  1. Curbside Recycling Collection 

Curbside Recycling will be collected as usual.  AS ALWAYS:  Keep out any tissues, paper toweling, bagged materials or other contaminants.

Curbside collection of 18 gallon recycling bins is suspended until further notice.  This is being done to minimize collectors’ contact with household recyclables.  Residents who wish to start using a blue roll cart instead of a bin can call 919-968-2788 or send an email to to request a 95 gallon cart.

If you wish to continue using your bins, you may recycle at any of the five Waste and Recycling Centers during operating hours or any of the four unstaffed recycling-only sites open 24/7 ( for locations).  Please monitor the website for any updates.

  1. Waste and Recycling Centers, Unstaffed Drop Off Sites and Landfill/Disposal Center

Most operations will continue as usual. 

Residents are encouraged to limit their use of the Waste and Recycling Centers to one time each week to support social distancing and the safety of the staff and residents using the sites.  In addition, residents should remain in their vehicles until the receptacle they need is free so as to allow residents to maintain six feet distance from others.

Staff will maintain a safe social distance.  Please remember to maintain a safe social distance from both staff and others visiting the sites. 

  1. Solid Waste Administrative Office

The Solid Waste Administrative office at 1207 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill will be closed to the public until further notice. The Fork It Over program is suspended until further notice. Staff will continue to monitor and respond to your emails and phone calls. There may be some delays in responses to your queries but staff will reply as soon as possible.