Mecklenburg County Residents Asked To NOT Put Yard Waste In Trash Or Recycle Bins

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. (News Release) — Solid Waste Management is asking residents to NOT put yard waste in recycling containers. The City of Charlotte and Town of Matthews are not collecting yard waste curbside to ensure their workers can maintain social distancing while at work.

Mecklenburg County’s Solid Waste workers have been overwhelmed with residents inappropriately placing non-recyclable materials into their recycling containers. Things like yard waste and other items such as clothing, microwaves, and vacuum cleaners are not recyclable in your curbside container. Improper recycling is causing lots of problems in sorting. Sorting is done mostly by people. Actions by the public can directly affect the health and safety of those sorters and other Solid Waste workers.

There are six items that can be recycled in your home recycling container or at the County’s recycling centers:

  • Aluminum cans
  • Bi-metal cans
  • Paper
  • Glass bottles
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic bottles with necks

Never contaminate your curbside recycling with incorrect items. Due to COVID-19, recyclables originating from quarantined homes should be placed in the garbage, NOT in the recycling containers, until the home is no longer quarantined. Double bag trash items that are originating from quarantined homes, or other sources where people are sick.

Yard Waste can be dropped off at any of the County’s Full Service Centers. The County is requesting that you practice grass-recycling at home and not bag grass. For other Yard Waste, two 32-gallon size bags are no charge, and if you deliver more, fees range from $8 for a pickup truck load to larger loads of $27 per ton.

While Mecklenburg County is under a Stay at Home order, the Solid Waste Management director, Jeff Smithberger, is asking the public to only come to a County Full Service Center if it is absolutely essential.

“For the sake of our frontline workers, please think about whether your trip to drop off trash or yard waste is essential,” said Smithberger. “If you do come out, please take precautions like wearing gloves or masks that follow the Public Health and CDC guidelines.”

Mecklenburg County residents can find more information to recycle right and yard waste disposal on They can read it or watch videos.

Please note the Full Service Recycling Centers will be closed for the holiday weekend starting on Friday, April 10 to Sunday, April 12, 2020.