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​Summary of Source Separation Ordinance

Businesses that generate more than 16 cubic yards of trash per week MUST comply:

  • Generally, a typical waste dumpster is 8 cubic yards, so if your business requires twice a week trash collection, this ordinance applies to you.
  • Separate and recycle corrugated cardboard and office paper separate from the trash.
  • Contract with a vendor to pick up the segregated corrugated cardboard and office paper.
  • We encourage you to recycle more items, such as aluminum cans and plastic bottles.


  • Contract with a licensed waste collection or recycling company that will collect the recyclables from your business. 
  • Take these recycled materials to a County operated Full Service Recycling Center.
  • Contact Mecklenburg County Solid Waste for any assistance or questions.
  • Note that Mecklenburg County does provide recycling service to some small businesses that fall under the SBO threshold.

What are the exemptions to the Ordinance?

  • Businesses that produce less than 16 cubic yards of trash per week.
  • Businesses that generate less than 500 pounds of corrugated cardboard per month 
  • Businesses that generate less than 500 pounds of office paper per month 
  • Source separation is not required if doing business from a temporary location 
  • Businesses may apply for an exemption if physical constraints preclude compliance with the ordinance. 
  • Businesses may be exempted if compliance with the ordinance would require them to violate codes or regulations such as the Zoning Ordinance.

What are the penalties for non-compliance?
  •  A civil penalty of $50 per day will be assessed if a business fails to comply with the ordinance within thirty days of receiving the third notice of violation. 

Read the Mecklenburg County Source Separation Ordinance


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