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​​​Recycling​ for ABC permit holders

Business Recycling in Mecklenburg County

General Information

As outlined in G.S 18B-1006.1, the State of North Carolina requires holders of on-premises malt beverage permits, on-premises unfortified wine permits, on-premises fortified wine permits, and mixed beverages permits to separate, store, and provide for the collection for recycling of all recyclable beverage containers of all beverages sold at retail on the premises. Violation of this statute could result in fines or possible suspension of a business's ABC Permit.

Notice to ABC Permit Holders

Mecklenburg County's Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) is encountering high levels of contamination in loads of ABC Recyclables (Glass Bottles, Plastic Bottles, and Aluminum Cans) generated from ABC permit holders.

Major sources of contamination include: Food Waste, Food Utensils, Paper Towels/Napkins waste, and unaccepted materials (Styrofoam, Plastic Food Wrap and Aluminum Foil).

What does this mean to you, the ABC Permit Holder?

Mecklenburg County's MRF will be implementing the following practices:

  1.  Contaminated loads of ABC Recyclables will be rejected and the ABC Recycling Hauler will be required to take  each rejected load to an acceptable disposal facility (and bear such costs). If your facility is found to be the  source of the contamination, these additional costs could be passed to you, the ABC Permit Holder.                             
  2.  ​​The ABC Recycling Hauler will be asked to identify the establishment(s) responsible for the observed contamination. The hauler will contact these parties and notify them of the situation.                                                            
  3. If more than one load of ABC Recycling is rejected, the State ABC Board may be notified for review of the identified ABC permit holder's recycling program, required by G.S 18B-1006.1. Violation of this statute could result in fines or possible suspension of a business's ABC Permit.  

ABC Permit Holders are encouraged to work with their Managers, staff, and their ABC Recycling Service Provider to ensure ABC recycling loads are uncontaminated. Mecklenburg County Solid Waste will provide educational assistance to all requesting parties.


  • ​Contacts:

    •  Mecklenburg County Business Recycling Programs: (980) 314-3840
    • Mecklenburg County ABC Law Enforcement: (704) 731-5830 or visit: 


    • ​​North Carolina Division of Pollution Assistance: (919) 715-6500 or visit : 





Office Location:

2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208


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General Inquiries
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