All Catawba County Offices, Libraries, Parks (Bakers Mountain Park, Riverbend Park, and St. Stephens Park),
Landfill and Convenience Centers will be closed Monday, December 10, 2018 due to inclement winter weather.
**Board of Commissioners Subcommittee scheduled for Monday, December 10, 2018 has been cancelled**

Recycling & Waste Reduction

The Recycling and Waste Reduction division manages Catawba County's residential curbside program for all residents living in the unincorporated areas of the county. The division offers a free and voluntary Commercial Recycling & Waste Reduction Partnership Program to all businesses within the county. Provides environmental education, materials, presentations and tours to school systems, business community, civic organzations and the general public.

For information about the county's residential recycling and solidwaste programs, how to setup curbside service and much more click here Residential Recycling/Solidwaste Services Guide.

How to dispose of:

ABC BEVERAGE CONTAINERS: are banned from Landfill disposal and must be recycled. Bar and restaurant owners, managers, and employees who would like to establish and operate a commercial ABC beverage container recycling program may call Republic Services at (828) 256-2158 or the City of Hickory at (828) 323-7500.

AEROSOL CANS (must be empty - paint cans not accepted):Empty aerosol Empty aerosol cans can also be recycled through curbside collection from Republic Services. To arrange for curbside collection of solid waste and recyclables, contact Republic Services at (828) 256-2158.

AGRICULTURAL PLASTICS:The agricultural sector has a unique set of challenges with recycling and waste management, pollution prevention strategies, energy and water management and operational cost-saving efforts. Click here to visit this website for more information about Agricultural Plastics recycling.

ALUMINUM/STEEL CANS (including lids):Aluminum cans are banned from Landfill disposal and must be recycled. Aluminum and steel cans can be recycled free of charge at the County’s five Convenience Centers. Aluminum and steel cans can also be recycled through curbside collection from Republic Services. To arrange for curbside collection of solid waste and recyclables, contact Republic Services at (828) 256-2158.

ALUMINUM FOIL (no food debris):foil can be recycled free of charge at the County’s five Convenience Centers. Aluminum foil can also be recycled through curbside collection from Republic Services. To arrange for curbside collection of solid waste and recyclables, contact Republic Services at (828) 256-2158.

ANTIFREEZE: is banned from Landfill disposal and must be recycled. Antifreeze can be recycled at the Bethany Church Rd and Blackburn Convenience Centers only, free of charge.

APPLIANCES/WHITE GOODS: are banned from Landfill disposal and must be recycled. Old appliances, such as refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, clothes dryers, etc. are accepted only at the Blackburn Landfill facility and the Blackburn Convenience Center only, at no charge. It is required that refrigerator doors be removed and all units must be completely empty and free of food.

ASPHALT/CONCRETE/BRICK/BLOCK:The Construction and Demolition (C&D) Landfill is located at 4017 Rocky Ford Rd, Newton. Asphalt, Concrete, Brick, and Block are accepted at no charge only if the material is free of reinforcement materials. The materials are crushed and used on landfill roadways creating a reduction in gravel purchases.

BATTERIES:Household batteries can be recycled year round at the County's Residential Electronics Recycling area located at the Blackburn Landfill. The permanent electronics recycling service is offered to the citizens of Catawba County, free of charge. No commercial waste accepted.

BRUSH/YARD WASTE:The (C&D) Construction and Demolition Landfill is located at 3993 Rocky Ford Rd, Newton. Materials accepted are:

  • Brush and limbs
  • Leaves; grass and leaves that need to be debagged
  • Wood; furniture blocks, pallets, painted and treated wood See the Solid Waste Disposal Fee Schedule for more information concerning disposal at the C&D Landfill.

The yard waste products disposed at the C&D Landfill are ground and chipped for various uses. Brush and limbs are ground for mulch sales. Leaves and grasses are combined with mulch for compost sales.

CARDBOARD:Corrugated Cardboard and boxes such as cereal, food and drink boxes can be recycled free of charge at the County’s five Convenience Centers. Cardboard can also be recycled through curbside collection from Republic Services. All boxes should be flattened before placing into recycling container. To arrange for curbside collection of solid waste and recyclables, contact Republic Services at (828) 256-2158.

CARTONS (no liquid):Milk and juice cartons can be recycled free of charge at the County’s five Convenience Centers. Milk and juice cartons can also be recycled through curbside collection from Republic Services. All cartons should be flattened before placing into recycling container. To arrange for curbside collection of solid waste and recyclables, contact Republic Services at (828) 256-2158.

CELL PHONES:Any type or brand of cell phone and accessories will be accepted for recycling, whether they work or not. They are accepted year round at the County's residential electronics recycling area located at the Blackburn Landfill. The permanent electronics recycling service is offered to the citizens of Catawba County, free of charge. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8am until 4:30pm and on Saturdays from 8am until 11:30am. No commercial waste accepted.

CHRISTMAS TREES:The Christmas season usually leaves you with stacks of leftovers. Real Christmas trees (remove all ornaments, lights and tinsel) can be recycled at each of the County's five Convenience Centers sites after Christmas. Please call Republic Services at (828) 256-2158 for curbside pickup information.

COMPACT FLUORESCENT LIGHTING (CFLs):is banned from disposal in any unlined landfill and should be recycled. All types of fluorescent lighting can be properly disposed at the County’s Residential Household Hazardous Waste one-day collection events held from 9am-1pm rain or shine and are free of charge to the citizens of Catawba County. Click here for more information about the one-day collection events. Compact fluorescent bulbs only (no tubes) can be recycled at participating Home Depot and Lowes stores.

COMPUTER EQUIPMENT: is banned from Landfill disposal and must be recycled. Computers and computer related equipment can be recycled year round at the County's residential electronics recycling area located at the Blackburn Landfill. The permanent electronics recycling service is offered to the citizens of Catawba County, free of charge. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8am until 4:30pm and on Saturdays from 8am until 11:30am. No commercial waste accepted.

CONFIDENTIAL PAPER SHREDDING: service and recycling is provided by local companies listed below.

First Class Document Destruction located at 333 Main Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601 (across from WHKY Studio). Pick-up and drop-off services available. For more information call (828) 324-4040.

Enviro-Shred located at 1045 2nd Ave NW Hickory, NC 28601. For more information call (828) 328-9333.

Republic Services located at 130 Somerset Dr., Conover, NC 28613. Hours of operation for customer drop-off is 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday. For more information call (828) 327-3119.

COOKING OIL: is accepted at the Blackburn Solidwaste Convenience Center located at 3864 Rocky Ford Road, Newton, NC 28658 and is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 10:00am - 6:00pm. Also, there are permanent bins located at: 2436 Bethany Church Rd Newton, NC 28658; 4637 Lookout Dam Rd Catawba, NC 28609; 3659 Rhoney Farm Rd Vale, NC 28168; and 210 N Ashe Ave. Newton, NC 28658. The used cooking oil recycling program is free of charge to Catawba County residents and is open to county residents only. No business waste accepted.

ELECTRONICS MISCELLANEOUS: Miscellaneous Electronics can be recycled year round at the County's residential electronics recycling area located at the Blackburn Landfill. The permanent electronics recycling service is offered to the citizens of Catawba County, free of charge. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8am until 4:30pm and on Saturdays from 8am until 11:30am. No commercial waste accepted.

FLUORESCENT LIGHTING:is banned from disposal in any unlined landfill and should be recycled. All types of fluorescent lighting can be properly disposed at the County’s Residential Household Hazardous Waste one-day collection events held from 9am-1pm rain or shine and are free of charge to the citizens of Catawba County. Click here for more information about the one-day HHW collection events. Compact fluorescent bulbs only (no tubes) can be recycled at participating Home Depot and Lowes stores.

GLASS:Glass bottles and jars (all colors) are accepted for recycling free of charge at the County’s five Convenience Centers. Glass can also be recycled through curbside collection from Republic Services. To arrange for curbside collection of solid waste and recyclables, contact Republic Services at (828) 256-2158.

HAZARDOUS WASTE:The County provides one-day collection events to accept residential household hazardous waste (HHW), free of charge. No business waste accepted. Click here for more information about the one-day HHW collection events.

Missed the events? No problem, call STAT Inc at (828) 396-2304, fees may apply.

INK/LASER JET CARTRIDGES: Ink/Laser Jet Cartridges will be accepted for recycling year round at the County's residential electronics recycling area located at the Blackburn Landfill. The permanent electronics recycling service is offered to the citizens of Catawba County, free of charge. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8am until 4:30pm and on Saturdays from 8am until 11:30am. No commercial waste accepted.

LEAD ACID BATTERIES:are banned from Landfill disposal and must be recycled. Lead Acid Batteries can be properly disposed year round at the County's Residential Electronics Recycling area located at the Blackburn Landfill. The permanent electronics recycling service is offered to the citizens of Catawba County, free of charge. No commercial waste accepted.

MEDICINE DISPOSAL: Catawba County Law Enforcement agencies provide drop boxes at their office locations throughout the County to provide citizens a place for proper and safe disposal of medications. Drop boxes are located at the following law enforcement agencies; Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Brookford, Catawba, Claremont, Conover, Hickory, Longview, Maiden, Newton, and Sherrills Ford Terrell Office. Only law enforcement officers are able to pick up medication from the drop boxes. In Catawba County, all disposed medicine and bottles are incinerated at the Catawba County Animal Shelter. For more information, please contact Sergeant Eric Page at (828) 465-8278.

MERCURY THERMOSTATS:are banned from disposal in any unlined landfill and should be recycled. Mercury thermostats can be properly disposed at the County’s Residential Household Hazardous Waste one-day collection events held from 9am-1pm rain or shine and are free of charge to the citizens of Catawba County. Click here for more information about the one-day HHW collection events.

MICROWAVES:Microwaves can be recycled year round at the County's residential electronics recycling area located at the Blackburn Landfill. The permanent electronics recycling service is offered to the citizens of Catawba County, free of charge. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8am until 4:30pm and on Saturdays from 8am until 11:30am. No commercial waste accepted.

MOTOR OIL/FILTERS:are banned from Landfill disposal and must be recycled. Used motor oil and filters may be recycled at (4) four Convenience Center sites located at Blackburn, Bethany Church Rd, Cooksville and Oxford. There is no charge to recycle used oil and filters, but is restricted to residential use only. There is a 5 gallon limit at convenience centers.

NEEDLES/SHARPS Place used needles/sharps in a plastic detergent bottle or soda bottle, place the cap on bottle, clearly label the bottle as “sharps” and dispose in the regular household garbage.

PAINT:Latex and Oil Based paint can be recycled year round at the County's residential paint recycling area located at the Blackburn Landfill. The permanent paint recycling service is offered to the citizens of Catawba County, free of charge. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8am until 4:30pm and on Saturdays from 8am until 11:30am. No commercial waste accepted.

Paint is also accepted at the County’s Residential Household Hazardous Waste one-day collection events held from 9am-1pm rain or shine and are free of charge to the citizens of Catawba County. Click here for more information about the one-day HHW collection events. No commercial waste accepted.

Managing and donating your unwanted paint and spray paint. Click here for more information.

PALLETS:are banned from Landfill disposal and must be recycled.Clean and uncontaminated Wooden Pallets are accepted at the Blackburn Landfill free of charge. If you have questions about how loads need to be separated please contact the Blackburn Landfill at (704) 462-1348.

PAPER:Paper (all types) is accepted for recycling at the County’s five Convenience Centers free of charge. Paper can also be recycled through curbside collection from Republic Services. Types of paper includes newspapers w/inserts, junk mail, magazines, telephone books, paperback books, catalogs, boxes, office paper, color paper, computer paper, envelopes and gift wrapping paper (no foil backing). To arrange for curbside collection of solid waste and recyclables, contact Republic Services at (828) 256-2158.

PESTICIDE CONTAINERS:Pesticide containers for Area Farmers Only may be recycled at the Blackburn Landfill and the Agricultural Resources Center in Newton, at no charge. For more information about pesticide container recycling click here.

PIZZA, CEREAL AND FOOD BOXES (no food debris):Pizza, cereal and food boxes can be recycled free of charge at the County’s five Convenience Centers. Pizza, cereal and food boxes can also be recycled through curbside collection from Republic Services. To arrange for curbside collection of solid waste and recyclables, contact Republic Services at (828) 256-2158.

PLASTIC:Plastic bottles are banned from Landfill disposal and must be recycled. Plastic bottles, wide mouth containers and rigid plastics (#1-#7) can be recycled free of charge at the County’s five Convenience Centers. Plastic bottles, wide mouth containers and rigid plastics (#1-#7) can also be recycled through curbside collection from Republic Services. To arrange for curbside collection of solid waste and recyclables, contact Republic Services at (828) 256-2158. Plastic bottles are recycled regardless of whether they are rinsed and the lids are on or off the bottle.

PLASTIC BAGS:Plastic bags can be recycled free of charge at most major retail and grocery stores located throughout Catawba County. *PLASTIC BAGS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN CURBSIDE CARTS*

PROPANE TANKS:Propane tanks can be properly disposed at the County’s Residential Household Hazardous Waste one-day collection events held from 9am-1pm rain or shine and are free of charge to the citizens of Catawba County. Click here for more information about the one-day HHW collection events.

SPRAY CANS (must be empty - paint cans not accepted):Empty aerosol cans can be recycled free of charge at the County’s five Convenience Centers. Empty aerosol cans can also be recycled through curbside collection from Republic Services. To arrange for curbside collection of solid waste and recyclables, contact Republic Services at (828) 256-2158.

TELEPHONE BOOKS:Telephone books are accepted for recycling at the County’s five Convenience Centers free of charge. Telephone books can also be recycled through curbside collection from Republic Services . To arrange for curbside collection of solid waste and recyclables, contact Republic Services at (828) 256-2158.

TELEVISIONS:are banned from Landfill disposal and must be recycled. Televisions can be recycled year round at the County's residential electronics recycling area located at the Blackburn Landfill. The permanent electronics recycling service is offered to the citizens of Catawba County, free of charge. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8am until 4:30pm and on Saturdays from 8am until 11:30am. No commercial waste accepted.

Caldwell TV Inc. located in Hickory also accepts televisions from residents and businesses, free of charge. Caldwell TV refurbishes used televisions and donates them to senior citizens programs throught Catawba County. They are accepted in working order or not. Flat panels preferred. Call (828) 324-1202 or (828) 327-3161 to arrange donation.

TIRES:are banned from Landfill disposal and must be recycled. The County contracts with an outside firm to pick up scrap tires at the Blackburn Landfill and several dealer sites located throughout the County. Click here to view the tire shredding process. The shredded material is used as 2" nominal for tire derived aggregate, gravel or dirt replacement in civil engineering and alternate daily cover for landfills. A 3/4" nugget is also used for landscaping mulch, horse arenas and new recycled products.
See the Solid Waste Disposal Fee Schedule for more information concerning scrap tire fees. You must call the Landfill office at (704) 462-1348 before bringing tires for disposal.

WOOD:Wood; furniture blocks, pallets, painted and treated wood can be disposed of at the Construction and Demolition Landfill. See the Solid Waste Disposal Fee Schedule for more information concerning disposal at the C&D Landfill.

Donate your car, truck, RV, motorcycle, boat or other vehicles.
Breast Cancer Car Donations: (866) 492-2770, www.cardonations4cancer.org
CARS way www.donatingiseasy.org
Goodwill Industries (866) 492-2770
National Kidney Foundation (800) 488-CARS
Veteran Car Donations (877) 594-5822, www.veterancardonations.org/


Residential Curbside Collection Services

Catawba County offers residential curbside collection services, through an exclusive Solidwaste Management Franchise Agreement with Republic Services, to all unicorporated areas of the County. Garbage is collected one a week and recycling is collected every other week. The monthly rate for recyclers is $19.70 and for non-recyclers $26.72 (includes cart rental). To sign up or for more information on residential curbside services, please contact Republic Services at (828) 256-2158.

What items are and are not allowed in my recycling cart?
Residential Recycling/Solidwaste Services Guide. Please contact the County’s Waste Reduction office at (828) 465-8217 with any additional questions.


Commercial Recycling and Waste Reduction

The Commercial Recycling and Waste Reduction Partnership program is a free and voluntary program to encourage local business to take proactive steps towards improving their environmental record while also improving their bottom line. Business incentives for this program include: networking opportunities, webinars, and FREE advertising. To become a partner, complete and submit an online application. Want to know more? Contact Amanda Kain at (828) 465-8217.

What are some example recycling and waste reduction ideas that I can start at my business?
All businesses are different; therefore, what works for one business may not be as successful at another. Check out the Resource Guide and Help Sheet to see which programs are most feasible for your workplace.


Educational Outreach and Tours

The Utilities and Engineering Department provides a theatrical environmental play for all 3rd and 4th grade students across the county. Students in the public and private school systems and homeschoolers are given the opportunity to attend. Students experience interactive live theatre while learning the importance of recycling, waste reduction, conservation, composting, green building, hybrid vechiles, and many other environmental topics! The County has environmental educational materials to share with anyone interested. Also, this division is more than happy to set up a tour of the County’s Landfill Facility and/or Republic Services's Recycling Facility.

Please contact Amanda Kain, Recycling and Waste Reduction Coordinator for additional information.