Solid Waste update on COVID-19 Virus Response

The Orange County Solid Waste Department is undertaking some very specific responses to assist with the efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. For broader information on County services, see the County’s main web page: The changes below will be in effect until further notice. Please monitor the website for any updates.

  1. Curbside Recycling Collection 

Curbside Recycling will be collected as usual.  AS ALWAYS:  Keep out any tissues, paper toweling, bagged materials or other contaminants.

Curbside collection of 18 gallon recycling bins is suspended until further notice.  This is being done to minimize collectors’ contact with household recyclables.  Residents who wish to start using a blue roll cart instead of a bin can call 919-968-2788 or send an email to to request a 95 gallon cart.

If you wish to continue using your bins, you may recycle at any of the five Waste and Recycling Centers during operating hours or any of the four unstaffed recycling-only sites open 24/7 ( for locations).  Please monitor the website for any updates.

  1. Waste and Recycling Centers, Unstaffed Drop Off Sites and Landfill/Disposal Center

Most operations will continue as usual. 

Residents are encouraged to limit their use of the Waste and Recycling Centers to one time each week to support social distancing and the safety of the staff and residents using the sites.  In addition, residents should remain in their vehicles until the receptacle they need is free so as to allow residents to maintain six feet distance from others.

To discourage the spread of the virus the salvage sheds at all five waste and recycling centers will be closed until further notice.  

Staff will maintain a safe social distance.  Please remember to maintain a safe social distance from both staff and others visiting the sites. 

  1. Solid Waste Administrative Office

The Solid Waste Administrative office at 1207 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill will be closed to the public until further notice. Sales of compost bins and kitchen buckets are suspended. The Fork It Over program is also suspended until further notice. Staff will continue to monitor and respond to your emails and phone calls. There may be some delays in responses to your queries but staff will reply as soon as possible.

  1. Other planned Solid Waste related activities

The March 21 Composting 101 workshop and the confidential paper Shred-A-Thons on April 25 and May 2 are postponed and will be rescheduled for later dates.  Please monitor the website for any updates.


The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department operates the Orange County Integrated Solid Waste Management facility which contains the Construction and Demolition Landfill, Regulated Material Recycling, and Mulch and Compost Sales. The Department also manages five Solid Waste and Recycling Centers, including two with Household Hazardous Waste and Food Waste drop-offs, and the County’s comprehensive Recycling Collection Programs for residential and commercial entities.

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Administrative Office

  • Financing and budgeting
  • Scalehouse accounts
  • Regulated Recyclable Material Ordinance Permits and Licensing
  • Solid Waste Advisory Group administration
  • Solid Waste Programs Fee administration
  • Tracking program performance (statistics)

Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility

  • Construction and demolition waste disposal
  • Corrugated cardboard recycling
  • Electronics recycling
  • Mattress recycling
  • Mulch and compost sales
  • Scrap metal and large appliance recycling
  • Tire recycling
  • Yard waste and clean wood processing


  • 24-hour recycling drop-off sites
  • Commercial recycling and food waste diversion
  • Education and outreach
  • Curbside recycling
  • Household hazardous waste collections
  • Multifamily recycling
  • Waste and recycling centers