The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department operates the Orange County Integrated Solid Waste Management facility which contains the Construction and Demolition Landfill, Regulated Material Recycling, and Mulch and Compost Sales. The Department also manages five Solid Waste and Recycling Centers, including two with Household Hazardous Waste and Food Waste drop-offs, and the County’s comprehensive Recycling Collection Programs for residential and commercial entities.

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University Place Drop-Off Site Closure

University Place drop-off recycling site closed May 31, 2022.

Reminder: Residents can use one of our other staffed recycling sites, including the Eubanks Road Waste and Recycling Center in Chapel Hill, for their recycling disposal needs now and after May 31, 2022. To find other 24-hr drop-off sites in the County, visit this page, and for full-service Waste & Recycling Centers, visit this page.

Services Returned!

Fork It Over 

The Fork It Over program resumed on April 1, 2022! Please see the Fork It Over page for more information on how to borrow durable, stainless steel utensils for your next event!

Salvage Sheds

The Salvage Sheds at our Waste and Recycling Centers reopened on Thursday, July 1st!  Please see the Salvage Sheds page for more information on what items are accepted.  We require that visitors wear masks if they are unable to socially distance themselves.  

All donations must be CLEAN and in WORKING CONDITION.

Shred Center

The Shred Center is a free service available to Orange County residents, Orange County small businesses, Orange County Departments, all Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Carrboro, and Town of Hillsborough employees, as well as Town departments. 

Drop off papers at the Solid Waste Administration Office located at 1207 Eubanks Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27516.

Up to 2 boxes (business size) of CONFIDENTIAL documents to be shredded on-site that day.  Visitors WILL NOT be allowed to watch their documents being shredded.

No newspapers, magazines, or catalogs. No plastic or metal binders or electronic media. No binder clips, paper clips, or large staples.

The Shred Center is by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Appointments are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8 am-2 pm. To schedule an appointment please call 919-968-2788 or send an email to  

Please see the Shred Center page for additional information.

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