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ABC Beverage Container 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.
Areosol AEROSOL 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. Click here for Republic's Fee Schedule
Argricultural Plastics 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 Cans 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. Click here for Republic's Fee Schedule
Aluminum Foil 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. Click here for Republic's Fee Schedule
Antifreeze

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 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. The County contracts with an outside firm to collect and remove the appliances from the landfill, therefore, creating a source of revenue for the County, which contributes to maintaining the County's low tipping fee.

Asphalt ASPHALT/CONCRETE/BRICK/BLOCK: The (C&D) Construction and Demolition Landfill is located at 3993 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. See the Solid Waste Disposal Fee Schedule for more information concerning Asphalt, Concrete, Brick and Block that contains reinforcement materials.
Batteries
BATTERIES: Household batteries can be recycled 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.


Click here to learn more about the County’s electronics recycling program.

You can also recycle your used rechargeable batteries through RBRC's Call2Recycle program. To find a participating drop-off site, visit www.call2recycle.org or call 1-877-2-RECYCLE. Rechargeable batteries are also accepted for recycling at participating Radio Shacks, please check the telephone directory for a location near you.

Yard Waste 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. 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.
     
  • CardBoard 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. Click here for Republic's Fee Schedule.
    Cartons CARTONS (no liquid): Milk and juice cartons can be recycled free of charge at the County’s five 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. Click here for Republic's Fee Schedule
    Cell Phones 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.

    Click here to learn more about the County’s electronics recycling program.
    Christmas Trees 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 more information.
    Fluorescent Bulb 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. Compact fluorescent bulbs only (no tubes) can be recycled at participating Home Depot and Lowes stores. Please check a telephone directory for a location near you. Visit the site below to view frequently asked questions about compact fluorescent light bulbs. http://www.energystar.gov/

    Click here for a list of local vendors that provide proper disposal of Fluorescent Light Tubes.
    COmputer Equipment 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.

    Click here to learn more about the County’s electronics recycling program.  
    Confidential Paper Shredding
    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 or visit the website at www.inshredible.com.

    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
    COOKING OIL: is accepted only 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.  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.  Click here for more information. WBTV Story on Recycling Cooking Oil
    Electronics ELECTRONICS MISCELLANEOUS: Misc 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.

    Click here to learn more about the County’s electronics recycling program.
    Flourescent Bulb 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. Compact fluorescent bulbs only (no tubes) can be recycled at participating Home Depot and Lowes stores. Please check a telephone directory for a location near you. Visit the site below to view frequently asked questions about compact fluorescent light bulbs. http://www.energystar.gov/

    Click here for a list of local vendors that provide proper disposal of Fluorescent Light Tubes.
    Glass Bottles 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. Click here for Republic's Fee Schedule
    Hazardous Waste 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
    to more information about the one-day HHW collection events.

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

    Click here to learn more about the County's electronics recycling program.
    Lead Acid Batteries LEAD ACID BATTERIES: are banned from Landfill disposal and must be recycled.   Lead Acid Batteries 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. 
    Medicine Disposal MEDICINE DISPOSAL: Catawba County Law Enforcement agencies, in partnership with Foothills Coalition, provide drop boxes at several 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, Claremont, Conover, Hickory, Newton and Maiden. Only law enforcement officers are able to pick up medication from the drop boxes. In Catawba County all disposed medicine will be incinerated at the Catawba County Animal Shelter. For more information please contact Kelly Eckard at 828-465-8336.
    Mercury Theromstats 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.

    Microwave 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.

    Click here to learn more about the County's electronics recycling program.
    Oil 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.

    Motor oil and filters can also 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. 
    needles 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 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 one-day collection events. Click here for locations and times. All events are held from 9am-1pm rain or shine and are free of charge to the citizens of Catawba County. No commercial waste accepted.

    Managing and donating your unwanted paint and spray paint. Click here for more information.
    Pallets 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.
    Newpaper 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. Click here for Republic's Fee Schedule
    Pesticides 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

    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. Click here for Republic's Fee Schedule.

    Plastic Bottles

    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. Click here for Republic's Fee Schedule For frequently asked questions about plastics click here.   Plastic bottles are recycled regardless of whether they are rinsed and the lids are on or off the bottle.

    Plastic Bags

    PLASTIC BAGS: Plastic bags can be recycled free of charge at most major store outlets. The following stores offer plastic bag recycling services: Walmart, Target, Food Lion, Lowe’s Foods, Lowes Home Improvement and Bi-Lo.

    Propane 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. 
    Spray Cans 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. Click here for Republic's Fee Schedule
    Phone Book 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. Click here for Republic's Fee Schedule
    Electronics 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. Click here to learn more about the County's electronics recycling program.

    scrap 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.


    Yard Waste WOOD/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. 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.