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Businesses tend to generate more hazardous waste than households, and their wastes can be quite different from what a household would have. Because of this, businesses are not given the same "exemption" that residences enjoy. To state it bluntly, the same items that are OK at home to dispose of with your trash are likely not OK for a business to dispose with their trash.
Mecklenburg County Full-Service Drop-Off Centers are permitted by the State to only accept hazardous materials from residential households. The centers cannot accept hazardous waste generated by any business, school, management companies, or churches. If the material was not purchased and then used by a resident, it cannot be accepted at one of our Household Hazardous Waste Centers.
Examples of hazardous waste:
Why do I need to handle these items differently?
First and foremost, it is the law. EPA and State regulations are specific and can leverage substantial penalties. The EPA guide Managing your Hazardous Waste, A Guide for Small Business is a tool designed to help businesses decide whether hazardous waste regulation are applicable to their operations; how to manage on-site hazardous waste; and how to arrange for proper disposal of various quantities of hazardous waste.
If your business generates a small quantity of hazardous waste, you may qualify to participate in the Very Small Quantity Generator program (formerly known as CESQG). These collection programs are held periodcially throughout the year. Contact us using the information on the far left side for more information. If you do not qualify, you will need to contact a disposal company to arrange for hazardous waste collection.
Mecklenburg County Public Health encourages all eligible residents ages 12 and older to get a free COVID-19 vaccination.