Solid Waste Master Plan: Road to Zero Waste

Solid Waste Master Plan

The Solid Waste Master Plan aims to identify a sustainable business model for managing waste that considers the financial, social, and environmental impacts on the community while setting forth the future programs, initiatives, facilities, and infrastructure needed to reach the plan goal of "Zero Waste" by 2045.

Throughout 2022 the Department has been reviewing our systems, and will seek inpswmp graphic webuts from the Community, and strategize a path forward that is equitable, innovative, and sustainable for those that live, work, and play in Orange County.

Updates on the master plan will be posted on this page, in the Solid Waste & Recycling E-News, on the Department’s social media platforms, and in various advertisements. If you have questions about the process of developing the master plan or our services, please contact our office by calling (919) 968-2788 or emailing


Orange County Solid Waste has released a survey seeking input on their services from County residents and businesses. The survey asks respondents to share their opinions on and experiences with current Orange County Solid Waste services and to shape its Road to Zero Waste Plan.

The survey is available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Burmese. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and will be open until December 7, 2022. To take the survey, visit The results of the surveys will inform the Road to Zero Waste Plan and be presented to Orange County's Solid Waste Advisory Group.

Click here to complete the survey.

Meet us at the Market! 

Orange County Solid Waste staff will be at the Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Eno River Farmers' Markets on November 12, 2022. Orange County residents and employees can access the Road to Zero Waste plan online survey during the event. 

  • Chapel Hill Farmers Market – 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
    • Address: 201 S Estes Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
  • Carrboro Farmers Market – 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Address: 301 W Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510
  • Eno River Farmers Market – 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
    • Address: 144 E Margaret Ln, Hillsborough, NC 27278

Public Meetings

Orange County Solid Waste invites the community to share feedback at four public meetings just announced. These meetings are taking place in conjunction with the development of a Solid Waste Master Plan to reach Zero Waste by 2045. All who live or work in Orange County may participate.

Public meetings are set to take place as follows: 

  • November 14th at 6:00 PM  Virtual (Zoom Meeting)
  • November 16th at 6:30 PM – Chapel Hill Library Meeting Room B (Mandarin Translator Present)
    • Address: 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
  • December 5th at 10:00 AM – Bonnie B. Davis Environment & Agricultural Center Combined Rooms 102 and 104 
    • Address: 1020 US-70, Hillsborough, NC 27278
  • December 5th at 7:00 PM – Carrboro Town Hall, Town Council Meeting Room (Burmese & Spanish Translators Present)
    • Address: 301 W. Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27510