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​Business Hazardous Waste

Mecklenburg County facilities cannot accept any materials from commercial users, schools, apartments, or churches.

What materials are considered hazardous and need special management?

There are many items used at work that can be hazardous when handled or disposed of improperly.  Business Hazardous Wastes include corrosives, flammable liquids, poisons, fluorescent bulbs, rechargeable batteries, electronics, photo chemicals, etc. For a complete guide to managing your small business hazardous waste, see this EPA guide Managing your Hazardous Waste, A Guide for Small Business. This website focuses on the following universal wastes,* which contain substances that are hazardous to human or environmental health and should not be thrown into the trash:

  • Fluorescent bulbs, rechargeable batteries and many electronic components contain toxic materials including mercury, lead, cadmium, PCBs, and toxic fire-retardant plastics
  • Even in small amounts, these toxins can be damaging to health and environment
  • Electronics and other materials also contain valuable elements, such as gold and platinum, that can be recovered and reused when properly recycled
  • When fluorescent bulbs, rechargeable batteries and electronic components are thrown in the trash, harmful substances enter our environment and affect both humans and wildlife.
  • The mercury from a single, broken, fluorescent light bulb can contaminate as much as 7,000 gallons of water
  • Under state and federal regulations, businesses are obligated to properly manage these toxic materials as universal wastes* under hazardous waste laws. 

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). If you do not qualify, you will need to contact a disposal company to arrange for hazardous waste collection.


Very Small Quantity Generator are held on specific dates from 8 AM to 3 PM at Mecklenburg County Tire & Metal Facility, located at:

5740 Rozzelles Ferry Road

Charlotte, NC 28208


Businesses may prequalify by completing the forms below:

Business HAZMAT Disposal Registration Form 2-26-2020.pdf

For additional information, including the event dates, contact SolidWaste.


Not Accepted:

  • Ammunition. Contact your local law enforcement agency for safe disposal options.
  • Explosives, fireworks, weapons, grenades, shock-sensitive items or other weaponry. Contact your local law enforcement agency for safe disposal options.
  • Hypodermic needles/syringes. Place in an enclosed puncture container, such as a detergent bottle and dispose of in your household garbage.
  • Medical or infectious waste. View more information here about medical waste disposal in North Carolina.
  • Prescription Medicine. View operation medicine drop locations here.
  • Radioactive materials. View information on radioactive materials here.
  • Smoke detectors contain trace amounts of radioactive material. The recommendation is for consumers to return the smoke detectors to the manufacturers or contact the NC Radiation Protection at 919-814-2250.
  • Other or unknown materials, contact ECOFLO at 800-999-6510 for information about safe disposal options.



Office Location:

2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208


Hours: Disposal Site Hours Mon-Sat  7 a.m. - 4 p.m.


General Inquiries
311 or 980-314-3867

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