Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling is hosting annual Earth Day event on April 17

Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling is hosting its annual Earth Day event on Saturday, April 17, 2021. The 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 Road, Pittsboro. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes:

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Document Shredding

Chatham County residents can bring up to three boxes or bags of documents from their household for free shredding. This service provides an opportunity for residents to safely destroy and recycle old tax records, credit card statements, and other personal documents. Note: Due to coronavirus, staff will NOT be able to unload documents for people. Residents will need to unload their documents and put them into a cart. Face coverings are required. Remove papers from folders or files, as those items can go in residential curbside recycling bins and do not need to be shredded. Do not bring CDs, tapes, etc.; throw those items in the trash. Businesses are not allowed, including home businesses.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility 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. A full list of accepted items is available at

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.

Compost Bins for Sale

Backyard compost bins will be sold for $45 and kitchen collectors are available 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). Images of the compost bin and kitchen collector can be found at

The Earth Day event coincides with the county’s usual Saturday Mulch Sales which is from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Mulch is $5 per scoop, which is approximately one cubic yard. A large scoop will be used for larger vehicles and is $10 per scoop. County staff will load the mulch. All loads of mulch must be secured. Cash or checks are accepted.

For additional event information, visit or contact the Solid Waste & Recycling Division at 919-542-5516 or