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​ABC Recycling Law

General Information

North Carolina requires holders of on-premises malt beverage permits, on-premises unfortified wine permits, on-premises fortified wine permits, and mixed beverages permits to separate, store, and provide for the collection for recycling of all recyclable beverage containers of all beverages sold at retail on the premises. 

Notice to ABC Permit Holders

Mecklenburg County's Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) is encountering high levels of contamination in loads of ABC Recyclables (Glass Bottles, Plastic Bottles, and Aluminum Cans) generated from ABC permit holders.

Major contaminants  include: 

  • Food Waste, 
  • Food Utensils, 
  • Paper Towels/Napkins waste,
  •  Styrofoam, Plastic Food Wrap, and Aluminum Foil

What if a contaminated load comes to the MRF?

  • The MRF rejects contaminated load and directs the  ABC Recycling Hauler to take each rejected load to an acceptable disposal facility, at costs. These additional costs are passed onto the identified source of contamination and become the responsibility of that  ABC Permit Holder.                                                                                
  • If more than one load of ABC Recycling is rejected, the State ABC Board may be notified for review of the identified ABC permit holder's recycling program, required by G.S 18B-1006.1. Violation of this statute could result in fines or possible suspension of a business's ABC Permit.  


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