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Mecklenburg County's ​​​​​​​Full-Service Drop-Off Centers


Mecklenburg County 2023 Holiday & Full-Service Center Closings


Special Notice: Yard Waste Limits 

The North Mecklenburg and Hickory Grove Full-Service Centers cannot accept loads (commercial or residential) over 3-cubic yards (or trailers longer than 9 ft) of brush, logs or other yard waste materials.  This limitation is due to a significant overstock in ground mulch materials.  Please take loads larger than these limits directly to the Compost Central or Foxhole locations. Addresses can be found below.

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

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic we cannot assist with unloading your vehicle and ask you to be prepared to unload yourself. We apologize for this inconvenience. 


Mecklenburg County Centers are for the use of Mecklenburg County Residents. 

All vehicles MUST display a sticker that will determine the payment level for services rendered. For more information on fees and payment, please visit: Residential Disposal Fees for  FY2023 or Commercial/Non-Resident Disposal Fees FY2023Stickers are available by visiting the Fee Attendant area (scales). 

 Residents outside of Mecklenburg County may purchase an Out of County Entry Sticker at any of our Full-Service Centers. The stickers are $80 for a full year or $40 for the second-half of the year. Stickers follow our Fiscal Year Period, which is July to June. Out of County stickers are necessary to receive equivalent fee schedules as Mecklenburg County residents. If no Out of County sticker is displayed then every visit, includinf recycling disposal, will be charged on a per visit basis.


Mecklenburg County operates four Full-Service Drop-Off Centers that can accept a lot of materials that come from your home. 

The Full-Service Drop-Off Centers are:

   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 

Here's a chart that will assist you with some acceptable items. Feel free to e-mail us at SolidWaste if you have item acceptance questions.  ​ ​
Aluminum (Cans, foil, trays with no food residue)
Curbside & Full-Service Recycling Centers
Cell PhonesReuse or 
Full-Service Recycling Centers
(20 gal.)
Full-Service Recycling Centers, only
Cereal, snacks, and shoe boxes
Curbside & Full-Service Recycling Centers
Appliances (AC units, refrigerators, washer/dryer, water heaters, etc.)Full-Service Recycling Centers, only
Clothing & Shoes

Reuse or

Full-Service Recycling Centers, only

Books  (Text, soft, and Hardbacks)

Reuse or

Full-Service Recycling Centers, only

Computer Equipment  (CPU's, monitors, laptops, printers, peripherals ) – Limit 2Full-Service Recycling Centers

Rechargeable batteries- Full-Service Recycling Centers, only 

Construction & Demolition DebrisFull-Service Recycling Centers
Business Hazardous Waste

Special Events, only
Cooking Oil
(20 lbs.)

Reuse or

Full-Service Recycling Centers

Corrugated cardboardCurbside & Full-Service Recycling Centers
Electronics Reuse or 
Full-Service Recycling Centers
Cartons (Juice, milk, soup cartons)Curbside & Full-Service Recycling Centers
Empty Aerosol CansCurbside & Full-Service Recycling Centers

​Foam (New)
Reuse or 
Full-Service Recycling Centers
​Paint (oil & latex - 100 lbs. limit)

Full-Service Recycling Centers, only 

Full-Service Recycling Centers


Reuse or

Full-Service Recycling Centers

​Plastic bottles, tubs & jars w/necks

Full-Service Recycling Centers

Garbage (Limitations apply)

Full-Service Recycling Centers
Rigid plastics (5 gal. buckets, soda crates, lawn furniture, carts, garbage cans with or w/o wheels)

Full-Service Recycling Centers, only 

Tires (5 tire limit)

Full-Service Recycling Centers
​Glass (bottles & jars, any color)

​Full-Service Recycling Centers

Satellite Dishes
Full-Service Recycling Centers


Full-Service Recycling Centers
​Household hazardous waste (residents, only)

Full-Service Recycling Centers, only 
​Scrap Metal (bicycle frames, grills, mowers, pipes, etc.)

Full-Service Recycling Centers

Full-Service Recycling Centers
Lawn Mowers

 (remove hazardous chemicals)​
​Full-Service Recycling Centers
Full-Service Recycling Centers

Reuse or

Full-Service Recycling Center
Mattress/Box Springs​ (Limit 1 each)
​Full-Service Recycling Centers
​Shredded Paper (New)
Reuse or 
Full-Service Recycling Centers

Reuse or

Full-Service Recycling Center

Motor Oil & Oil Filters
​Full-Service Recycling Centers, only 

​Steel Food Cans
Full-Service Recycling Centers

Food Waste


Limitations and Fees may apply. For more information, please visit:
Residential Fees ​and Commercial Fees.

We don't accept explosives, ammunition, or radioactive items. 

Mecklenburg County also has five unstaffed Self-Service Recycling Centers located throughout the County. The unstaffed sites only take the 6-basic recyclable items: 

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Meck_May21_IndividualRecycles-04. Cartons.png                         Meck_May21_IndividualRecycles-05. Paper.png                    Meck_May21_IndividualRecycles-06. Glass Bottles.png

Note the Hours of Operation:

Full Service Drop-Off Centers: Monday-Saturday: 7am-4pm
Foxhole Landfill: Monday-Friday 7am-4pm

All facilities are closed on Sundays

Upcoming Holiday Schedule

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 drop-off centers listed above.  There are charges for certain items, as found in the Residential and Commercial fee schedules.

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Here are some important tips to remember:

    • Mecklenburg County residents are asked to display a blue entry sticker when using the Full-Service Drop-Off Centers. All entry stickers (residential, commercial, out-of-county) are available at the Fee Booths at the Full-Service Drop-Off Centers. Blue stickers are no cost to County residents. You will be asked to show your driver's license or other proof that you live within Mecklenburg County. 
    • Residents of Mecklenburg County can dispose up to 5 bags of household (kitchen) trash per day free of charge. If you have more than 5 bags, or if you are a Commercial entity, you will need to go to the Fee Booth to be charged.
    • Residential and Commercial fees now apply for the disposal of bulky waste, construction and demolition, and yard waste.  Click the links for those fees.
    • We accept debit cards and most major credit cards except American Express as payment for services; we do not accept CHECKS, AMERICAN EXPRESS, nor CASH. 
    • If your transaction is made using a Business Credit Card and/or from a business or commercial vehicle the transaction will be charged at the business/non-residential rate.
    • Non-Mecklenburg County residents may purchase a $80 annual sticker to receive same benefits as a Mecklenburg County resident. Purchase the sticker at any of the fee booths at the Full-Service Drop Centers.
    • PLEASE Separate all yard waste, construction/demolition debris, and bulky trash prior to visiting a facility.  Mixed loads are not accepted.  Some items like yard debris are banned from landfilling.  So please separate materials before you arrive at our facility. Mixed loads will be charged at the C&D rate.
    • Our Centers close at 4 PM.  If your vehicle is not unloaded and exited our facility by 4:30 pm you will be subject to an extra charge of $50 for every 15 minutes.  Please plan accordingly.  Under no circumstances will anyone be allowed on-site to unload after 5 pm.

Trailer Limitations at Full-Service Centers
  • All trailers over 8 ft. long need to weigh in and out or be measured to calculate the disposal fee.
  • Hickory Grove and North Mecklenburg accept trailers that are 12 ft. long or smaller for Bulky and     C & D Waste. Oversized vehicles greater than 12 ft. will be redirected.
  • Compost Central accepts trailers up to 16 ft. long for Bulk 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 landfill portion is closed on Saturdays.
  • The Foxhole Landfill directs all trailers 12 ft. and longer to the landfill's working face to unload after crossing the scales.



There are thousands of unacceptable items, and we can't list them all, but here are some of the more frequent "improper-wishful" items.  PLEASE resist the urge to recycle these in your Curbside Recycling......

  • No Plastic Bags, No Plastic Wrap, or Plastic Film please resist the urge...  (Take to retail stores such as Harris Teeter or Walmart).
  • Do not put your recycled items in a plastic bag, we simply cannot recycle the bagged items.  CLEAN, LOOSE & DRY!
  • No Ceramics or glassware such as Pyrex, flower vases, picture frames etc. - (If in good condition, please donate. If broken, please place in the trash can.)
  • No Pots & Pans (take that to a Full-Service Recycling Center for special processing)
  • No Glassware (same as ceramics).
  • No Paper Plates, Diapers, Cat Litter, Aluminum Cooking Pans, Napkins (please place in the trash can).
  • Do not put rechargeable Batteries in a recycling or trash cart (take to a Full-Service Recycling Center).
  • No Light Bulbs (fluorescents and CFL's from residential customers go to Full-Service Recycling Center. All others go to trash can.)
  • No Wire or Plastic Hangers (take back to the cleaners or donate to a recycling clothing store, such as Goodwill).
  • No Clamshells or Styrofoam products (trash can).
  • No Plastic Food Trays or Paper/Styrofoam/Plastic Cups (trash can).


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