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Compactors for various household recyclables
Weigh station and fee booth
Large panoramic of Compost Central
A dozer moving compost.
Lower level view of bins for collecting various household recyclables.
Mounds of mulch and compost ready to sell
Dozer moving yard waste
Dump truck maneuvering between mulch piles
A conveyor creating piles of mulch and compost
The Mecklenburg County Compost Central Recycling Disposal Center will accept materials for disposal and recycling, but it also offers a variety of Mulch and Compost products for sale to all residents and businesses in Mecklenburg County. All products are sold by the cubic yard (cy), and it is best if you have a pickup truck or trailer. We will load your vehicle with our equipment; however, if you desire that we deliver, we do offer that service which begins at $85 for delivery plus the cost of the material. Delivery rates start at $85 for within 25 miles of our site and rise to $125 for up to 40 miles. Need delivery? Call 980-314-3880.
Still having trouble deciding what is best for you? Come visit our site and choose what will work best for you. Please note, if you order the material and decide it is not what you want, you will be charged the delivery fee, so please come and check if you are not sure.
Our three other field sites always will have Single Hammered Mulch and Finished Compost available, however, our Compost Central Facility has a greater selection of material types, as this is where the magic of composting happens.
When did the "old" Compost Central close?
The "old" Compost Central and West Mecklenburg Recycling Center site closed forever at the close of business on April 8, 2017. All operations have been moved to 140 Valleydale Road, Charlotte, NC 28214.
What is different at the new location?
The new Compost Central has both Yard Waste and Recycling/Trash Disposal situated at one central location. No need to travel between two separate facilities.
Where do I go when entering the new site?
All vehicles should travel across the scale facility and the Fee Attendants will direct where loads go and they will let you know of any applicable fees that should be paid.
What happens at Compost Central?
Compost Central is the County’s primary yard trimmings management facility and is the County’s only composting center, producing a compost product for sale from the yard trimmings received.
More than 120,000 tons of yard trimmings were received in Fiscal Year 2016 at all County facilities. Compost Central received roughly 60% of this material, mostly collected from residential curbside yard trimmings collection and landscapers.
Compost Central is also one of four facilities within the County where storm debris such as fallen limbs and overturned trees, resulting from a significant weather event, can be managed.The Compost Central Recycling Center is one of four full service recycling centers operated by the County and is located on the same property as Compost Central Yard Waste. The other three centers are geographically spaced within other quadrants in the northern portion of the County (North Mecklenburg Recycling Center), the eastern portion of the County (Hickory Grove Recycling Center) and the southern portion of the County (Foxhole Recycling Center).
Where is the new Compost Central/West Mecklenburg Recycling Center?
Compost Central is located at 140 Valleydale Road, Charlotte, NC 28214. It is between Fred D. Alexander Drive and Rozzelles Ferry Road.
Why did these facilities move?
Proposed Airport Expansion – CDIA informed the County of its intention to build a new 12,000-foot runway at the airport that would extend into the parcel leased by the County, essentially bisecting the parcel.
Can I tour the new Compost Central facility?
Yes, you may schedule a tour of the facility by contacting us at SolidWaste@MecklenburgCountyNC.Gov.
What materials can I take to the Recycling Center?
All four fully staffed recycling centers accept the same recyclable materials that are collected in the curbside residential programs, as well as household hazardous waste, white goods or appliances, scrap tires, metal, discarded electronics, household garbage and small quantities of construction and demolition waste. The facility collects and processes residential and commercial recyclables, yard trimmings and solid waste.