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​​​​​​​​Full-Service Drop-Off Centers & Disposal Centers - General Information

The North Meck and Hickory Grove Centers will be closing EARLY at 11 am on Thursday October 13, 2022 for a staff event. The Compost Central and Foxhole Centers will be open regular hours that day until 4 pm



Full-Service DROP-OFF Center locations ONLY
Normal Hours of Operation:
Monday-Saturday: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 Acceptable RECYCLABLE Items:

  • Appliances (stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, water heaters, etc.)
  • Plastic Bottles and Jugs WITH NECKS that are smaller than the container's body. (REMOVE AND DISCARD THE PUMP FROM LOTION AND OTHER PUMP BOTTLES)
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Empty Aerosol Cans
  • Milk and Juice Cartons, Juice Boxes
  • Aluminum/steel/tin cans
  • Spiral paper cans (i.e. frozen juice cans)
  • Glass jars/bottles (all colors)
  • Junk mail and Mixed Paper (office paper, junk mail, envelopes, cereal boxes without liners, paper bags, gift boxes, gift wrap, dry food boxes, beer and pop cartons, mail tubes, paper towel rolls, index cards, file folders, paper egg cartons, and paper food trays)
  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Telephone books
  • Flattened corrugated cardboard
  • Household batteries (camcorder, laptop, camera, flashlight batteries, etc.)
  • Lead-acid (car) batteries
  • Scrap aluminum and ferrous metal (bed frames, swing sets, etc.)
  • Paint: oil and water-based (up to 100 pounds from residents)
  • Motor oil: 20 gal. per resident, per day
  • Antifreeze: 20 gal. per resident, per day 
  • Transmission fluid (limit 20 gallons)
  • Cooking oil (Limit 20 gallons)
  • Tires ( Limit 5)
  • Bicycle tires and inner tubes
  • Propane tanks from gas grills (empty!)
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Computer and Television Monitors (Limit 2)
  • Electronics

Contact us at Solid Waste for reservations or disposal limits.


  • Any thing not listed above. No exceptions.

  • Ceramic cups, window or windshield glass, Pyrex, glass dinnerware-plates.  

  • Paper contaminated with food residue; diapers, textbooks, Styrofoam, plastic food containers, gift bows, and ribbons, or plastic bags or plastic film.
    These items are trash. Please place in the trash bins at the centers.


Full Service Recycling Centers
Household Construction & Demolition Debris and Bulky Waste

You must separate your mixed loads.

Prior to visiting a facility please separate yard waste, construction/demolition debris, and bulky trash.
Mecklenburg County accepts, for a fee, residents' Construction Debris  such as: framing timbers, pallets, crates, spools, sheathing, treated lumber/decking; *inert materials ( brick asphalt pavement, mortar, rock, gravel);  plastic (pipe, buckets, wrap); and other (shingles**, fiberglass bath fixtures, tile, ceramic, carpet, padding).      

* Full-service drop-off centers accept only small loads (pickup truck size) of Drywall and concrete.  Larger loads are accepted at the Foxhole Landfill Monday-Fridays ONLY. No Foxhole loads are accepted on Saturdays.    
   **If shingles are brought in on a trailer less than 12 feet, they can make up no more than 50% of the materials being disposed of. If the shingles are more than 50% of the load, they must be taken to the Foxhole Landfill Mondays-Fridays only.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Disposal: (Residents Only)
Mecklenburg County will help residents safely dispose of their household hazardous waste (HHW) at no charge. HHW may be taken to any of the Full-Service Drop-Off Centers: North Mecklenburg Recycling Center, Hickory Grove Recycling Center, Compost Central Recycling Center, and Foxhole Recycling Center where it is properly handled. 

For more information, contact our 24 hr. Info Line at (980) 314-3867 or by email.  Remember, Mecklenburg County does not collect your materials curbside - curbside collection occurs from your local Town or the City - if you live in an Unincorporated area of Mecklenburg County and desire curbside collection, you will need to contact a private and licensed collection company.


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