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Mecklenburg County's ​​​​​​​Full-Service Recycle Centers

Acceptance Guidelines for Materials


Do you have items that you want to 'Self-Haul' to one of our Drop-Off Centers??

Mecklenburg County operates four Full-Service Drop-Off Centers that can accept nearly all materials that come from your home.  Some items are subject to fees, so please visit our Fee Schedule for more information.

Full-Service Drop-Off Centers: 

Foxhole Recycling Center
17131 Lancaster Highway
Charlotte, NC 28277

12300 N. Statesville Road
Huntersville, NC 28078

Charlotte, NC 28215

140 Valleydale Road

Charlotte, NC 28214 

 Please Note - The North Meck Full Service Center has load size limits in place due to ongoing construction.  Now, through
 December 2018, load sizes are limited to no trailers longer than 12 ft; no loads greater than 5 cubic yards. 
 All larger loads  must go to one of the other Full Service Centers. 

  

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Saturday: 7am-4pm

Sundays: Closed
Full Sites are CLOSED most major holidays

980 314 DUMP (3867) 24 hr recorded info line

Mecklenburg County residents can take their recyclable materials, yard waste, bulky waste, electronic waste, and household hazardous waste to any of the four full-service centers listed above.  There are charges for certain items, as found in the  Fee Schedule.

Tips to remember:

  • Residents of Mecklenburg County can dispose up to 5 bags of household (kitchen) trash per day free of charge.
  • Fees now apply for the disposal of bulky waste, construction and demolition, and yard waste.
  • We accept cash and all major credit cards except American Express as payment for services; NO CHECKS.
  • Transaction made using a Business Credit Card and/or from a business or commercial vehicle are charged at the business/non-residential rate.
  • Non-Mecklenburg County residents may purchase a $50 annual sticker to receive same benefits as a Meck County resident. Purchase the sticker at any of the fee booths at the Full-Service Centers.
  • Separate all yard waste, construction/demolition debris, and bulky trash prior to visiting a facility.  Mixed loads are not accepted. Different materials are processed in different ways, and the State requires the separate handling and processing.  Some items like yard debris are banned from landfilling.  So please separate materials.

Trailer Limitations:

  • Hickory Grove and North Meck accept trailers that are 12 ft. long or smaller for Bulky and C&D Waste.  
  • Compost Central accepts trailers 12ft-16ft long for Bulky and C&D Waste.
  • The Foxhole Landfill will accept trailers over 16 ft. long.  Note the landfill is different than the general drop-off area.
  • The Foxhole Landfill directs all trailers 12 ft. and longer to the landfill's working face to unload after crossing the scales. 
  • All trailers over 8 ft. long need to weigh in and out or be measured to calculate the disposal fee.

Items Accepted at the Full-Service Drop-Off Centers:

This is not an inclusive list. Based upon conditions and material composition, some items will be redirected to other areas of the site for disposal.

  • Appliances
  • Mattresses/Box Springs
  • Used Motor and Cooking Oils (Motor oil/antifreeze/transmission fluid-limit 10 gallons)
  • Automobile and Bicycle Tires (limit 5. Tires on the rim are charged a fee).
  • Oil and water-based paint (limit 5 gallons)
  • Computers, Television Monitors (Limit 3)
  • Other Electronic Waste
  • Yard Trimmings/Brush
  • Rigid Plastics (Hickory Grove Recycling Center ONLY)
  • EMPTY Propane tanks from gas grills and fire extinguishers
  • Residential Household Hazardous Waste
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs (HHW Centers)
  • Batteries (at our HHW Centers)
 

Construction & Demolition Debris (C&D) and Bulky Waste:

Mecklenburg County Full Service Drop Off Centers accept construction & demolition and bulky wastes. Vehicles and trailer limits are listed above.  If your trailer longer than 16 feet, you must use the Foxhole Landfill.

The fee for C&D and Bulky waste is based upon how much material that you deliver.  

What is considered C&D waste?   Items such as dimensional lumber, plywood, brick, block, carpet and padding, shingles, windows, doors, fiberglass bath fixtures, tile, ceramic etc. that come from the construction or tear down of a structure. 

What is considered Bulky Waste?  Items such as furniture, mattresses, box springs, lamps, large pieces of Styrofoam, cloth, etc. that may come from the inside of a structure and is not on the accepted recycling list. 

*Drywall, dirt, and concrete are accepted at the Foxhole Landfill only.   
   **If shingles are brought in to any drop off center, 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 for disposal.

Important information for

SC Residents ONLY.
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