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Mecklenburg County's ​​​​​​​Full-Service Drop-Off Centers

Mecklenburg County Full-Service Drop Off Centers will be CLOSED on Saturday, December 24, 2022 and Monday, December 26, 2022 in observance of the Christmas Holiday. 

The Full-Service Drop Centers will re-open on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 from 7 AM to 4 PM. 

The Full-Service Drop Centers will close in observance of New Years on Monday, January 2, 2023.

The Full-Service Drop Centers will re-open on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 from 7 AM to 4 PM. 

Mecklenburg County Full-Service Drop Center Upcoming Holiday Schedule


Special Notice: Yard Waste Limits 

The North Mecklenburg and Hickory Grove Full-Service Centers cannot accept loads (commercial or residential) over 3-cubic yards (or trailers longer than 9 ft) of brush, logs or other yard waste materials.  This limitation is due to a significant overstock in ground mulch materials.  Please take loads larger than these limits directly to the Compost Central or Foxhole locations. Addresses can be found below.

Do you have items that you want to 'Self-Haul' to one of our Drop-Off Centers??

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic we cannot assist with unloading your vehicle and ask you to be prepared to unload yourself. We apologize for this inconvenience. 

Mecklenburg County operates four Full-Service Drop-Off Centers that can accept a lot of materials that come from your home. 

The Full-Service Drop-Off Centers are:

   Foxhole Recycling Center
   17131 Lancaster Highway
   Charlotte, NC 28277

   12300 N. Statesville Road
   Huntersville, NC 28078
The Hickory Grove Recycling Center
8007 Pence Road
Charlotte, NC 28215

140 Valleydale Road

Charlotte, NC 28214 

Here's a chart that will assist you with some acceptable items. Feel free to e-mail us at SolidWaste if you have item acceptance questions.  ​ ​
Aluminum (Cans, foil, trays with no food residue)R
Cell PhonesR
(20 gal.)
RChipboard & SBS Board  (Cereal, snacks, and shoe boxes)R
Appliances (AC units, refrigerators, washer/dryer, water heaters, etc.)RClothing & ShoesRU

Books  (Text, soft, and Hardbacks)



Computer Equipment  (CPU's, monitors, laptops, printers, peripherals ) – Limit 2R
Construction & Demolition DebrisR
Business Hazardous Waste
Special Events, only



Cooking Oil
(20 lbs.)



Corrugated cardboardRElectronics R
Cartons (Juice, milk, soup cartons)REmpty Aerosol CansR

​Foam (New)
​Paint (oil & latex - 100 lbs. limit)


Tin Cans​

​Plastic bottles, tubs & jars w/necks

Tires (5 tire limit)

Garbage (Limitations apply)

Rigid plastics (5 gal. buckets, soda crates, lawn furniture, carts, garbage cans with or w/o wheels)



​Glass (bottles & jars, any color)


Satellite Dishes
​White Goods (stoves, empty refrigerators/freezers)
​Household hazardous waste (residents, only)

​Scrap Metal (bicycle frames, grills, mowers, pipes, etc.)


Lawn Mowers (remove hazardous chemicals)​

Mattress/Box Springs​​R
​Shredded Paper (New)
Food Waste


Motor Oil & Oil Filters
​Steel Food Cans

R = RecycledRU = ReuseD = DisposeN = No Accepted (Special Event)
Residential Fees ​                                   Commercial Fees

We don't accept explosives, ammunition, or radioactive items. 

Mecklenburg County also has five unstaffed Self-Service Recycling Centers located throughout the County. The unstaffed sites only take the 6-basic recyclable items: 

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Meck_May21_IndividualRecycles-04. Cartons.png                         Meck_May21_IndividualRecycles-05. Paper.png                    Meck_May21_IndividualRecycles-06. Glass Bottles.png

Note the Hours of Operation:

Full Service Drop-Off Centers: Monday-Saturday: 7am-4pm
Foxhole Landfill: Monday-Friday 7am-4pm

All facilities are closed on Sundays

Upcoming Holiday Schedule

980 314 DUMP (3867) 24 hr. recorded info line
Mecklenburg County residents can take their recyclable materials, yard waste, bulky waste, electronic waste, and household hazardous waste to any of the four full-service drop-off centers listed above.  There are charges for certain items, as found in the Residential and Commercial fee schedules.

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Here are some important tips to remember:

    • Mecklenburg County residents are asked to display a blue entry sticker when using the Full-Service Drop-Off Centers. All entry stickers (residential, commercial, out-of-county) are available at the Fee Booths at the Full-Service Drop-Off Centers. Blue stickers are no cost to County residents. You will be asked to show your driver's license or other proof that you live within Mecklenburg County. 
    • Residents of Mecklenburg County can dispose up to 5 bags of household (kitchen) trash per day free of charge. If you have more than 5 bags, or if you are a Commercial entity, you will need to go to the Fee Booth to be charged.
    • Residential and Commercial fees now apply for the disposal of bulky waste, construction and demolition, and yard waste.  Click the links for those fees.
    • We accept debit cards and most major credit cards except American Express as payment for services; we do not accept CHECKS, AMERICAN EXPRESS, nor CASH. 
    • If your transaction is made using a Business Credit Card and/or from a business or commercial vehicle the transaction will be charged at the business/non-residential rate.
    • Non-Mecklenburg County residents may purchase a $80 annual sticker to receive same benefits as a Mecklenburg County resident. Purchase the sticker at any of the fee booths at the Full-Service Drop Centers.
    • PLEASE Separate all yard waste, construction/demolition debris, and bulky trash prior to visiting a facility.  Mixed loads are not accepted.  Some items like yard debris are banned from landfilling.  So please separate materials before you arrive at our facility. Mixed loads will be charged at the C&D rate.
    • Our Centers close at 4 PM.  If your vehicle is not unloaded and exited our facility by 4:30 pm you will be subject to an extra charge of $50 for every 15 minutes.  Please plan accordingly.  Under no circumstances will anyone be allowed on-site to unload after 5 pm.

Trailer Limitations at Full-Service Centers
  • All trailers over 8 ft. long need to weigh in and out or be measured to calculate the disposal fee.
  • Hickory Grove and North Mecklenburg accept trailers that are 12 ft. long or smaller for Bulky and     C & D Waste. Oversized vehicles greater than 12 ft. will be redirected.
  • Compost Central accepts trailers up to 16 ft. long for Bulk and C & D Waste.
  • The Foxhole Landfill will accept trailers over 16 ft. long. Note the landfill is different than the general drop-off area. The landfill portion is closed on Saturdays.
  • The Foxhole Landfill directs all trailers 12 ft. and longer to the landfill's working face to unload after crossing the scales.



There are thousands of unacceptable items, and we can't list them all, but here are some of the more frequent "improper-wishful" items.  PLEASE resist the urge to recycle these in your Curbside Recycling......

  • No Plastic Bags, No Plastic Wrap, or Plastic Film please resist the urge...  (Take to retail stores such as Harris Teeter or Walmart).
  • Do not put your recycled items in a plastic bag, we simply cannot recycle the bagged items.  CLEAN, LOOSE & DRY!
  • No Ceramics or glassware such as Pyrex, flower vases, picture frames etc. - (If in good condition, please donate. If broken, please place in the trash can.)
  • No Pots & Pans (take that to a Full-Service Recycling Center for special processing)
  • No Glassware (same as ceramics).
  • No Paper Plates, Diapers, Cat Litter, Aluminum Cooking Pans, Napkins (please place in the trash can).
  • Do not put rechargeable Batteries in a recycling or trash cart (take to a Full-Service Recycling Center).
  • No Light Bulbs (fluorescents and CFL's from residential customers go to Full-Service Recycling Center. All others go to trash can.)
  • No Wire or Plastic Hangers (take back to the cleaners or donate to a recycling clothing store, such as Goodwill).
  • No Clamshells or Styrofoam products (trash can).
  • No Plastic Food Trays or Paper/Styrofoam/Plastic Cups (trash can).


Office Location:

2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208


Hours: Disposal Site Hours Mon-Sat  7 a.m. - 4 p.m.


General Inquiries
311 or 980-314-3867