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Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
Mecklenburg County offers free household hazardous waste disposal to its residents living in Charlotte, Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville. The County contracts with a licensed contractor to maintain collection sites at four recycling centers (see below). Hazardous materials brought in are collected and evaluated for recycling, treatment, or proper disposal. By disposing of household hazardous waste properly, citizens help to protect our water supply and our natural resources.
Phone:  704-336-7759
North Mecklenburg Recycling Center
12300 N. Statesville Road
Directions: From I-77 North...turn right onto Reames Rd (exit 18)....turn left at stop light (US 21) and travel North approximately 3 miles. The North Mecklenburg Recycling Center and Yard Waste Center entrance is on the right.
Call 311
Hours: Monday - Saturday; 7am - 4pm

Hickory Grove Recycling Center
8007 Pence Road
Directions: From Albemarle Road (going away from Charlotte) make a left at Harrisburg Rd (not Harris Blvd.) There will be a BP service station and a Walmart on your left. Turn left onto Pence Rd (just before the railroad tracks). Turn right about 1/2 mile into recycling center entrance.
Call 311
Hours: Monday - Saturday; 7am - 4pm

Foxhole Recycling Center
17131 Lancaster Highway
Directions: From 485 East, exit Johnston Rd., go south on Johnston Rd. (US 521) almost to the SC border. The Foxhole's entrance is the last left turn before the border.
Call 311
Hours: Monday - Saturday; 7am - 4 pm
West Mecklenburg Recycling Center
8440 Byrum Drive
Directions: From I-77 South...turn right onto Billy Graham Parkway towards the airport...turn left onto West Boulevard and travel about 1 1/2 miles. Turn left onto Piney Top Drive. The entrance to the recycling center is on Piney Top, just before it intersects with Byrum Drive.
Call 311
Hours: Monday - Friday; 7am - 4pm
Saturday; 7am - 4pm

Accepted Materials:

Kitchen and BathCooking oils and grease, air freshener, aerosols, general cleaning gents, disinfectant, drain cleaner, floor cleaner, hair color, hair permanent, hair spray, hydrogen peroxide, isopropyl alcohol, mildew remover, nail polish and remover.

Shop/Storage/Garden - arsenic, herbicides (link to EPA)  fertilizers, insecticides (link to EPA), insect repellent, rodent killer.

Garage - aerosols, cleaning agents, asphalt/roofing tar, glues/adhesives, paint, paint thinner, paint and varnish remover, strippers, solvents, flammable oils, gasoline, kerosene, antifreeze, car wax,  motor oil, household batteries (alkaline and nickel-cadmium, i.e. camcorder, laptop, camera, flashlight batteries, etc), lead acid (car) batteries, photography chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, pool chemicals, other chemicals.

Closet air freshener, aerosols, general cleaning agents, carper cleaner, furniture cleaner, shoe polish, pet supplies, dry cleaning agents, mothballs. 

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

Recyclable Batteries: Alternate locations.

Recycle your cooking oils and grease at the Mecklenburg County Full Service Drop Centers​. Do not put oil or grease down your drains!

Unacceptable Materials:
Pressurized gas cylinders greater than 20 pounds, ammunition, gun powder, explosives, smoke detectors, radioactive materials, bio-infectious material.

Tires - take to one of the four full service recycling centers.

Pharmaceuticalsspecial instructions.

Smoke detectors - either return to place of purchase or leave at one of the full service drop off centers (see link above).

How to Store and Pack Materials for Disposal:

  • Store material in its original container.
  • Label contents clearly.
  • Never mix different or unknown chemicals.
  • Keep away from heat.
  • Be sure containers do not leak.
  • Pack securely in a sturdy box for transporting.

Please email your questions or comments.


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