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Directions: Highway 321, exit 37 to Highway 10 West, 1-1/2 mile turn left on Hickory-Lincolnton Highway, ¾ mile turn left on Rocky Ford Road, ½ mile on right.

Rodney Hamby
Rodney L. Hamby
Landfill/Co-Generation Superintendent

Phone:(704) 462-1348

map 4017 Rocky Ford Rd
Newton, NC 28658

Residential Waste & Recycling Drop-Off Centers
Catawba County offers five (5) Convenience Centers located throughout the County for residential solidwaste disposal and recycling opportunities.

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    Mulch and Compost Available For Purchase – Get Yours Today!

                    Recycling (Drop-Off) at the Blackburn Landfill
  • Appliances and Scrap Metal Recycling
  • Construction and Demolition Recycling
  • Electronics Recycling
  • Paint Recycling
  • Pesticide containers from area farmers
  • Tire Recycling
  • Yard Waste
  • For more information about the Blackburn Landfill Recycling Programs listed above click here.

    Blackburn Sanitary Landfill

    In In 1987 the Board of Commissioners put in place in solid waste plan, which has served the County extremely well. In January 1998, the first landfill cell with plastic liners and a leachate collection system was completed and active. State and Federal laws mandated the use of lined landfill cells in 1991.

    What are a sanitary landfill and a lined cell? A sanitary landfill is a method of safely disposing of solid waste in a controlled manner on a prepared site, using soil to surround and contain the waste materials.

    Waste is spread in layers and compacted by heavy compactors (see picture, left) to reduce the volume. At least once every 24 hours a layer of soil, minimum of 6 inches (15 cm) in thickness is placed on top of the compacted waste and is itself compacted before more waste is added.

    A lined cell is engineered into a sanitary landfill. The lined cell consist of 2 ft. of 10/7 compacted soil or clay liner, 50 mil HDPE plastic liner, ¼ inch felt fabric, the leachate collection system, 2 ft. drainage layer (78m wash stone rock). It has a synthetic cap and base liner that retains and collects leachate for treating prior to entering the groundwater. The cell fits the ground similar to the liner in a residential swimming pool with the ends reaching the top in a bowl shaped configuration. The cap and base liner are made of extremely durable synthetic "geo-textile", which has an appearance similar to the rubberized tread of automobile tires.

    What is leachate? By definition, leachate is liquid that comes in contact with garbage and takes on the pollutant characteristics of the garbage. Leachate is generated by rainwater that falls on garbage when exposed during daily operations, or by wastewater that is entrained in the garbage when delivered to the landfill. Leachate is unhealthy for the environment and all landfills generate leachate, even closed landfills.

    The Blackburn Landfill leachate system drains to sumps where the leachate is pumped through forced mains into holding tanks. The leachate is mixed and aerated in one 218,000-gallon tank. Once the treatment tank reaches a certain level, the leachate flows into a second 218,000-gallon holding tank. When the holding tank reaches a specific level, the leachate is transferred into a sewer force main to the City of Newton.

    Blackburn Construction and Demolition Landfill

    In 2002 Catawba County opened a Construction and Demolition(C&D) Landfill located at 3993 Rocky Ford Rd, Newton.

    C&D waste is generated from the construction, renovation, repair, and demolition of structures such as residential and commercial buildings, roads, and bridges. Overall, C&D waste is composed mainly of wood products, asphalt, drywall and masonry. There is no requirement for liners to be installed in C&D Landfills so this material is accepted at a reduced disposal rate. Catawba County strives to work with C&D contractors to provide adequate and economical disposal and recycling services. No Industrial Waste is accepted in the C&D Landfill

    Treatment and Processing Site: In 2002 Catawba County constructed an area where certain material is collected and ground into mulch. There are three different categories of wood/yard waste materials that are received into the area if separated properly and is accepted at a reduced cost.
    • Brush, trees, and limbs with no dirt or trash – Ground into mulch.
    • Pallets, furniture wood waste, and lumber less than 8 feet (must be clean and unpainted) No plywood or pressure treated wood accepted.
    • Leaves and grass (de-bagged) - Ground into compost

      Other types of materials acceptable at the Treatment and Processing site are listed below. Asphalt, Brick, Block, Concrete without reinforcement.

      See the Solid Waste Disposal
      Fee Schedule
      for more information concerning disposal at the C&D Landfill and the Treatment and Processing Area.

      The wood/yard waste materials that are disposed of at the Treatment and Processing site are ground and chipped for various uses. Brush and limbs are ground for mulch sales. Leaves and grasses are ground for compost sales. For more information about how to purchase mulch and compost click here.

      In 1998, Catawba County received approval from the State to use mulch as an alternate daily cover, resulting in a decreased need for soil use as a daily cover. This method requires State approval.