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Orange County Solid Waste and Recycling News

July 2019
July 4th Holiday Schedule

Curbside recycling will be collected as normal on Thursday, July 4th. Beat the heat and have your cart or bins out by 7AM as usual on your regularly scheduled collection day. Solid Waste Administrative Offices, the Landfill, and Waste and Recycling Centers will be closed on Thursday July 4th.  All services resume Friday as usual.

Mulch for Sale 50% OFF!

Orange County mulch is now 50% off! Our mulch is high-quality and locally produced from yard waste. The price is now $12.50 per pick-up truck or 10 foot trailer load. We load, you tarp. Buy it at the Orange County Landfill at 1514 Eubanks Rd, Chapel Hill, 27516. Open 7PM – 4PM Monday through Friday and 8AM to Noon Saturday.

2019 Rural Recycling Route Schedule Cards Have Been Mailed

The new schedules will soon be posted on our website. Until then, if you believe you have received a card with the wrong route or have any questions regarding your recycling pick-up schedule, please call us at your earliest convenience at (919)968-2788.

New Rules for Battery Recycling

Orange County now requires lithium and lithium ion batteries to be separated from alkaline batteries and taped on both ends before bringing them to battery drop-off sites. This prevents the terminals from rubbing together, potentially overheating, and causing a fire hazard. Over the past few years there have been many news stories covering spontaneously combustible lithium batteries in cell phones and other electronics. They have been known to be a fire hazard while simply stored in container, but also while in transit to recycling facilities, and also while being shipped by air. To ensure public safety, Orange County Solid Waste Management encourages residents to take precaution when storing spent batteries as well as when recycling them.

Tape & Separate Lithium Batteries

Need more trashy news? Check us out monthly in the News of Orange “Watching Our Wasteline” column published the third Wednesday of each month both online and in print. Also, listen to us "talk trash" the first Tuesday of each month at 8AM with Bob Burtman on WHUP 104.7 low power FM, broadcast locally and streaming world-wide.

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