Landfill

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: $35.00 per ton (Includes a $2.00 per ton State tax)
  • Construction & Demolition materials: $25.00 per ton (Includes a $2.00 per ton State tax)
  • For other specific materials check the fee schedule

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 types of residential HHW can be disposed of at the County’s biannual Household Hazardous Waste One Day Collection Events. These one-day events are free of charge to the citizens of Catawba County and typically occur in both the Spring and Fall. Click here to more information about the one-day HHW collection events. Every citizen in the County is encouraged to properly 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 accepts both latex and oil based paints and a full range of electronics. 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 Holiday Closings

Please be advised that the Catawba County Landfill will be closed the following days during 2018 for both commercial and general users:

Blackburn Sanitary Landfill

New Year's DayJanuary 1, 2018Monday
Independence DayJuly 4, 2018Wednesday
ThanksgivingNovember 22, 2018Thursday
Christmas

December 24, 2018 (Closing at 12:00 p.m)

December 25, 2018

Monday

Tuesday

Blackburn Construction and Demolition Landfill

New Year's DayJanuary 1, 2018Monday
Martin Luther King DayJanuary 15, 2018Monday
Good FridayMarch 30, 2018Friday
Memorial DayMay 28, 2018Monday
Independence DayJuly 4, 2018Wednesday
Labor DaySeptember 3, 2018Monday
Thanksgiving

November 22, 2018

November 23, 2018

Thursday

Friday

Christmas

December 24, 2018

December 25, 2018

December 26, 2018

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Note: If the Sanitary Landfill is used when the Construction and Demolition Landfill is closed, users will be charged Sanitary Landfill Fees. No exceptions.

Please be advised that the Catawba County Landfill will be closed the following days during 2019 for both commercial and general users:

Blackburn Sanitary Landfill

New Year's DayJanuary 1, 2019Tuesday
Independence DayJuly 4, 2019Thursday
ThanksgivingNovember 28, 2019Thursday
Christmas

December 24, 2019 (Closing at 12:00 p.m)

December 25, 2019

Tuesday

Wednesday

Blackburn Construction and Demolition Landfill

New Year's DayJanuary 1, 2019Tuesday
Martin Luther King DayJanuary 21, 2019Monday
Good FridayApril 19, 2019Friday
Memorial DayMay 27, 2019Monday
Independence DayJuly 4, 2019Thursday
Labor DaySeptember 2, 2019Monday
Thanksgiving

November 28, 2019

November 29, 2019

Thursday

Friday

Christmas

December 24, 2019

December 25, 2019

December 26, 2019

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Note: If the Sanitary Landfill is used when the Construction and Demolition Landfill is closed, users will be charged Sanitary Landfill Fees. No exceptions.


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.