Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling plans April events

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PITTSBORO — Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling is hosting several events in April, including an annual Earth Day event with document shredding and tours of the recycling facility.

All events are free and available to Chatham County residents.

Earth Day —
Saturday, April 23

The annual Earth Day event is open to all Chatham County residents (no decal needed) and will feature free document shredding, free take-back of unwanted medications, compost bin sales, and household hazardous waste collection.

The Earth Day event will be held at the Solid Waste & Recycling Main Facility, located at 28 County Services Rd., Pittsboro. The event starts at 9 a.m. with various end times, and includes:

Document Shredding

Chatham County residents can bring up to three boxes or bags of documents from their household for free shredding. Remove papers from folders or files, as those items can go in residential curbside recycling bins and do not need to be shredded. Businesses are not allowed, including home businesses. Document shredding is available from 9 a.m. to p.m.

Compost Bins
for Sale

Backyard compost bins will be sold for $45 and kitchen collectors for $5. Composting is a great way to reduce waste at home. Staff will be onsite to answer questions. Cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted (all cards have a 3% fee). Compost bins and kitchen collectors will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) event will accept household hazardous waste items such as cleaners, solvents, gasoline, motor oil, stains, oil-based paint and more from Chatham County residents. There is a new limit of 20 gallons of latex paint cans. Trash will not be accepted, and businesses are not allowed. The HHW event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Medication Take-Back

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a medication take-back as a safe way for residents to dispose of unwanted medications. No needles, sharps or liquids will be accepted. The Sheriff’s Office will be onsite from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More details about the event can be found at

Sonoco Recycling Facility Tours —
April 26 & 28

Residents can learn about where their recycling goes after they put it in the recycling bin. Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling is offering two free tours of the Sonoco Recycling Facility in Raleigh. The tours are for residents of Chatham County only. Space is limited, and registration is required.

There are two tours scheduled: Tuesday, April 26, from 8:30 12:30 p.m., and Thursday, April 28, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The tour includes transportation to the Sonoco Recycling facility in Raleigh, and all participants must take the transportation provided. Participants will meet at the Solid Waste & Recycling Main Office. Register by Wednesday, April 20.

Learn more details and register at or contact the Solid Waste & Recycling Division at 919-542-5516 or


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