Catawba County owns and operates a subtitle D permitted landfill for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and a permitted Construction & Demolition (C&D) Landfill, all located at the Blackburn Resource Recovery Facility (Blackburn Landfill). The Landfill also operates a Treatment and Processing Site where three different categories of wood/yard waste materials are received and ground into either compost or mulch.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Municipal Solid Waste: $31.00 per ton + $2.00 per ton State tax
- Construction & Demolition materials: $21.00 per ton + $2.00 per ton State tax
- For other specific materials check the fee schedule (below in fees tab)
Since 1989 tires have been banned from the Landfill and are required to be recycled. Residents may bring up to five (5) tires per year to the Blackburn Landfill free of charge. Tires without proper documentation, out-of-state, and/or commercial loads are charged $80.00 per ton. Tires must be removed from rims and clean of mud and water for proper disposal. You may contact the Landfill at (704) 462-1348 for additional information.
A substance is considered hazardous if it is toxic, explosive, flammable, and/or corrosive. Many of the products found in the kitchen, bathroom, utility and garage shelves contain hazardous or toxic chemicals. These include but are not limited to household cleaners, pesticides, automobile fluids, latex and oil based paints, and electronics. Empty paint cans (no liquids or lids) are not considered HHW and can be disposed of in regular household garbage.
All HHW can be disposed of at the County’s biannual Household Hazardous Waste Event. These one-day collection events are free of charge and typically occur in both the Spring and Fall. Saturday, May 5th is the next available event. Every citizen in the County is encouraged to dispose of all of their unwanted HHW. A permanent paint and electronics collection is available at the Blackburn Landfill for all residents at no cost. This site collects both latex and oil based paints. For more information about HHW disposal, please contact Amanda Kain at (828) 465-8217.
Any waste generated from the construction, renovation, repair, and demolition of structures such as residential and commercial buildings, roads, and bridges can be disposed of in the C&D landfill. C&D disposal has a reduced rate because there is no requirement for liners to be installed in the landfill, which means the disposal process is not as costly as that of MSW disposal.
Landfill Gas to Energy FAQ
Landfill gas (LFG) is a natural byproduct, composed primarily of methane and carbon dioxide, from the decomposition of the organic material in landfills. Methane gas is a colorless, explosive gas that could potentially be dangerous and environmentally harmful. Federal and State regulations require landfill operators to contain this gas to the landfill property and implement measure to control its release to the atmosphere. The primary, most common process of managing the methane emissions is by using controlled burning through a specially designed flare system where the gas is ignited and burned harmlessly into the atmosphere. However rather than wasting this valuable resource, Catawba County’s landfill gas is used as fuel to an electricity generating facility.
The three GE-Jenbacher engines are bright green and located at the Blackburn Landfill between the Biodiesel Facility and the landfill office.
By owning and operating their own facility, the County is able to generate revenue by selling the electricity to Duke Energy. This agreement allows Duke Energy to purchase electricity from a currently untapped fuel source, which would otherwise have to be produced by means of fossil fuels or nuclear plants.