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Solid Waste and Recycling

Solid Waste and Recycling

Where can I drop off waste and recycling? What are the costs?

The map on the right shows the locations of the six convenience sites throughout Union County, including the new site opened on August 1, 2016 at our central Solid Waste Management Facility (SWMF). The entrance for residential customers is located on the southern end of the SWMF near the intersection of Olive Branch Road and Austin Chaney Road. The northern entrance is for commercial vehicles only. The expanded convenience center offers residents a full-service alternative to existing convenience centers with access to purchase compost and mulch.

Name & Link to Website
Street Address City ST Zipcode
Armfield Mill Convenience Site 5109 Armfield Mill Rd. Monroe, NC 28112
Parkwood Convenience Site 3214 Parkwood School Rd. Monroe, NC 28112
Piedmont Convenience Site 3005 Love Mill Rd. Monroe, NC 28112
Sun Valley Convenience Site 1407 Wesley Chapel Rd. Indian Trail, NC 28079
White Store Convenience Site 4517 White Store Rd. Wingate, NC 28714
New Salem Convenience Site 7910 East Highway 218 Marshville, NC 28103
Solid Waste Management Facility 2125 Austin Chaney Rd Wingate, NC 28174

All children must remain in vehicle while on Convenience site premises. For your safety, we require customers remain off the wall while disposing of items. All vehicles bringing loads into the the Solid Waste Management Facility and Convenience Sites are required by North Carolina law to be secured or loaded so as to prevent any of the load from dropping, sifting, leaking or otherwise falling from the vehicle in which it is loaded.

Costs

Recycling

  • Free of charge at all locations

Household Bagged Garbage

*All garbage bag sizes will be measured according to our onsite sample bags:

  • small garbage bag (up to 13 gallons) = $0.75/bag
  • large garbage bag (14-33 gallons) = $1.25/bag
  • extra-large garbage bag (34 to a maximum of 55 gallons) = $5.00/bag

*Flat-rate Trailer Fees-Only at Solid Waste Management Facility:

  • pick-up truck = $10/load
  • single-axle trailer = $10/load
  • dual-axle trailer = $20/load

Construction & Demolition (C&D)-Only at Solid Waste Management Facility:

  • pick-up truck = $10/load
  • single-axle trailer = $15/load
  • dual-axle trailer = $30/load

Yard Waste-Only at Solid Waste Management Facility:

  • pick-up truck = $5/load
  • single-axle trailer = $10/load
  • dual-axle trailer = $20/load

Purchase of Compost-Only at Solid Waste Management Facility:

$20/cubic yard

Is disposal available for commercial waste?

Union County accepts commercial disposal of municipal solid waste (MSW), construction & demolition (C&D) materials and scrap tires not eligible for free disposal. Commercial vehicles will need to enter at the northern end of the SWMF.

Union County Solid Waste Management Facility
2125 Austin Chaney Rd.
Wingate, NC 28174

MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE (MSW) TIPPING FEE* - $42/ton

*Minimum fee for MSW is $10 per vehicle

CONSTRUCTION & DEMOLITION MATERIALS (C&D) TIPPING FEE:

  • 0 - 100 tons per month - $36/ton
  • 101 - 300 tons per month - $34/ton
  • 301 - 400 tons per month - $32/ton
  • 401 or greater tons per month - $30/ton

YARD WASTE & PALLETS TIPPING FEE - $35/ton

SCRAP TIRES NOT ELIGIBLE FOR FREE DISPOSAL** - $84.84/ton

Late Fee – Union County will assess late fees on credit accounts not paid by the statement due date. The minimum late fee will be $5 or 1.5% of the late balance, whichever is greater.

What items do you accept at my local convenience site?

Residential Disposal at Convenience Sites

  • Municipal solid waste - We only accept bagged household garbage; no furniture, yard waste or hazardous waste will be accepted.
  • Recyclable items - Cardboard (flattened), newspaper/office paper, all plastic containers, aluminum and steel cans, etc. For more information on acceptable items, instructions on how to properly prepare materials for recycling and the locations which accept these items, see the Recycling Brochure. Recyclables are accepted at no cost.
  • Electronics - The County accepts all computer equipment (including laptops and printers), cell phones, televisions, vacuum cleaners and most other electrical items. Electronics are only accepted at the Union County Solid Waste Management Facility and at the Sun Valley, Parkwood, Piedmont, and Armfield Mill Convenience Sites.
  • Used motor oil and filters - Used motor oil, hydraulic and brake fluid are accepted. Oil filters are also accepted (un-boxed).

What items do you accept at the Solid Waste Management Facility?

  • Municipal solid waste - We accept household garbage, furniture, mattresses, bulky items and more. No liquids or hazardous waste will be accepted.
  • Recyclable items - Cardboard (flattened), newspaper/office paper, all plastic containers, aluminum and steel cans, etc. For more information on acceptable items, instructions on how to properly prepare materials for recycling and the locations which accept these items, see “What items can I recycle?”. Recyclables are accepted at no cost.
  • Electronics - The County accepts all computer equipment (including laptops and printers), cell phones, televisions, vacuum cleaners and most other electrical items.
  • Antifreeze - Maximum five gallons. Must be poured into a specified container. Must not be mixed with any other substance (except water).
  • Used motor oil and filters - Used motor oil, hydraulic and brake fluid are accepted. Oil filters are also accepted (un-boxed).
  • Yard waste - Materials consisting of grass clippings, leaves, limbs, Christmas trees and other natural vegetation are accepted. We cannot accept debris mixed with yard waste (no trash, landscape timbers, etc.). Bagged clippings or leaves will have to be dumped out of the bag by the individual.
  • Pallets - Pallets must be free of any other debris, including cardboard.
  • Construction and demolition (C&D) debris - Acceptable materials are those used to build a structure or debris resulting from the demolition of a structure (such as wood, windows, shingles, concrete and brick). Sheet rock mud is acceptable if completely dried.
  • White goods and non-ferrous metals - Accepted items include household appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, washers and dryers. Refrigerators and freezers must be empty of all contents. Non-ferrous metals include such items as bicycles, swing sets, grills and tin roofing. Metals for recycling are accepted at no cost. Fence wire, metal bands, gas cans and propane bottles are not accepted for recycling.
  • Tires - First time residential disposal of five or fewer tires may be eligible for free disposal. If disposing of more than five tires, please call the Recycling Office for available space prior to bringing for disposal. Tires must be removed from the rim and must be stacked properly by the individual in our tire trailer. See “What items can I recycle?” for additional information.
  • Animal Carcasses - Only turkeys, chickens, horses, hogs and pigs will be accepted at the Solid Waste Management Facility 7 AM - 12 PM. This service is offered at no cost. Animals can also be taken to Enterprise Rendering in Oakboro, NC at no charge, six days per week. For further information or directions to their facility, please call 704-485-3018.

What items can I recycle?

Recycling items accepted free of charge at all locations.

View the Recycling Brochure

Items accepted FREE of charge at the Solid Waste Management Center and all six Convenience Sites:

Glass - Must be separated from other recycling items; this includes clear, brown and green bottles and jars. Glass must be either food or beverage type glass. Dishware, light bulbs, drinking glasses, window glass and lids will not be accepted.

Aluminum and steel cans* - Items include beer/soft drink cans, food cans, tin and aluminum cans.

Plastic bottles and containers* - Check the triangle mark on the bottom of the container. If it has a number 1 to 7 inside it, then it will be acceptable. Examples include PET #1 drink bottles, HDPE (#2), milk and water jugs. liquid detergent bottles, shampoo and conditioner bottles, food containers and plastic tubs.

*Aluminum and steel cans, plastic bottles and containers can be mixed together for disposals. All containers must be rinsed.

Corrugated cardboard* - These items must be flattened.

Mixed paper* - Newspapers, inserts, magazines, catalogs, computer paper, chipboard (cereal and other laminated boxes) and phone books are acceptable.

*Corrugated cardboard and mixed paper can be combined for disposal.

Motor oil and transmission fluid - A maximum of five gallons each may be recycled; these items must be poured into specified containers. *Motor oil can be disposed of at no charge at most automotive part retailers such as Advanced Auto, Auto Zone and O'Reilley Auto Parts.

Oil filters - Must be out of the package.


The following items are only accepted at the Solid Waste Management Facility on Austin Chaney Rd:

Antifreeze- Maximum of five gallons. Must be poured into a specified container. Must not be mixed with any other substance (except water). Only accepted at the Solid Waste Management Facility.

White Goods and non-ferrous metals - Household appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, hot water heaters, washers and dryers. Appliances must be empty of all contents. Non-ferrous metals include items such as bicycles, swing sets, grills and tin roofing. Acceptable items must be at least 90% metal. Only accepted at the Solid Waste Management Facility.

Batteries - Car batteries only are accepted. Only accepted at the Solid Waste Management Facility.

Tires - Must be separated from all other materials for disposal, and must be removed from the rim and stacked properly by the individual in the tire trailer. Generally, five or fewer tires are accepted free of charge. For more than five tires, please call the Recycling Office to ensure trailer space for unloading and for details on cost. Only accepted at the Solid Waste Management Facility.


Electronics recycling

Electronics are accepted free of charge at the Union County Solid Waste Management Facility and at the Sun Valley, Parkwood, Piedmont and Armfield Mill Convenience sites.

Does Union County offer curbside trash or recycling collection?

Union County does not provide curbside trash or recycling collection services.

Residents may contract directly with any number of independent solid waste collection service contractors within the County for these services.

City of Monroe, Town of Indian Trail, The Village of Lake Park, Town of Marshville, Town of Stallings, Town of Waxhaw, and Town of Wingate provide curbside pickup for their residents. Residents of these towns should contact their municipalities for further information.

Does Union County sell compost?

Union County sells compost at the Solid Waste Management Facility for $20/cubic yard.

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Contact Information

Commercial Disposal
Phone: 704-233-5334

Convenience Center Disposal
Stacey Chapman

Phone: 704-512-9821

Recycling Office
Jennifer Crumpler

Phone: 704-296-4213

About the Solid Waste Division

The Solid Waste Division is committed to providing environmentally-sound and cost-effective solid waste disposal and recycling services for Union County residents.

Convenience Sites Hours of Operations
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Exception: The New Salem Convenience Site is only open on Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Austin Chaney Convenience Site is open the same hours as the Solid Waste Management Facility.

Solid Waste Management Facility Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 12: 00 p.m.

Except: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day