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​Kids' Corner: a place for fun and facts

Recycling and solid waste management is so easy, anyone can and should do it. Here are some activities to make it fun for all ages!


Local Facts:
  • Mecklenburg County uses a process known as "Single Stream Recycling." Single stream recycling refers to a collection system in which all recyclables are collected together in one container.  This method of recycling has helped  Mecklenburg County create and maintain a robust recycling program that ranks in the top 10 out of 100 Counties in N.C. for the successful recovery of recyclable materials per person. The City of Charlotte and the Towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville all participate in this program by bringing their recycling to The County for processing. An easy way to remember: the town and city collect the materials; the county processes the materials.
  • The Metrolina Recycling Center, also known as a Material Recovery Facility or MRF, is the County's processing facility that sorts all of the single stream recyclable materials collected from residential curbside programs, schools, and drop-off programs throughout Mecklenburg County.
  •  Every day, roughly 500 tons of recycling material is brought to the facility and separated by specialized equipment  The system is designed to handle basic household recyclables: paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and jugs. The facility and equipment are owned by Mecklenburg County. 
  • Mecklenburg County also receives and recycles white goods, automobile and bicycle tires, household hazardous waste, freon, and certain electronics

Yard Waste

  •  On average,  more than 120,000 daily  tons of yard trimmings are collectively received at the four County yard waste/recycling facilities.  This material comes from residential curbside yard trimmings collection and landscapers and is recycled into compost, mulch, and nuggets. It is then sold to homeowners and landscape companies to build up local soils. Since this product is tested for purity and comes from local resources, it helps keep our County soils in its natural state, which helps protect and grow our natural eco-systems. Compost Central is focused on mulch and composting facility and where the majority of Mecklenburg County’s yard waste is stored, processed, and offered for sale.


  • Mecklenburg County operates 4 full-service recycling centers and 7 self-service centers to supplement the curbside collection programs and offer waste and recycling options for residents in unincorporated areas.
  • The Foxhole Landfill is focused on the disposal of construction and demolition materials.
  • Metals and Tire Recovery receives and sorts scrap metals and tires from participating municipalities and commercial customers.  Those materials are then transported to recycling facilities for further processing.
    Mecklenburg County operates as an “enterprise fund”. This means that tax dollars are not used for programs or operations. All of MCSW’s funding comes from direct disposal fees and revenue from the sale of recyclable and reusable materials.





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