Landfill

Catawba County owns and operates a subtitle D permitted landfill for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and a permitted Construction & Demolition (C&D) Landfill, all located at the Blackburn Resource Recovery Facility (Blackburn Landfill). The Landfill also operates a Treatment and Processing Site where three different categories of wood/yard waste materials are received and ground into either compost or mulch, available for purchase at any time during operating hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Municipal Solid Waste: $36.49 per ton (Includes a $2.00 per ton State tax)
  • Construction & Demolition materials: $26.00 per ton (Includes a $2.00 per ton State tax)
  • For other specific materials check the fee schedule
  • Mulch (3 yard scoop/bucket): $15.00 or $10 per ton
  • Compost (3 yard scoop/bucket): $15.00 or $15.00 per ton

Customers may choose to pay per 3 yard scoop/bucket or have their vehicle weighed. The mulch and leaf compost is made from yard waste collected by Solid Waste crews throughout the year. The mulch and leaf compost is composed of tree limbs, Christmas trees, and leaves that are ground into useable material for your landscape. You may contact the Landfill at (704) 462-1348 for more information.

Since 1989 tires have been banned from the Landfill and are required to be recycled. Residents may bring up to five (5) tires per year to the Blackburn Landfill free of charge. Tires without proper documentation, out-of-state, and/or commercial loads are charged $100.00 per ton. Tires must be removed from rims and clean of mud and water for proper disposal. You may contact the Landfill at (704) 462-1348 for additional information.

A substance is considered hazardous if it is toxic, explosive, flammable, and/or corrosive. Many of the products found in the kitchen, bathroom, utility and garage shelves contain hazardous or toxic chemicals. These include but are not limited to household cleaners, pesticides, automobile fluids, latex and oil based paints, and electronics. Empty paint cans (no liquids or lids) are not considered HHW and can be disposed of in regular household garbage.

All types of residential HHW can be disposed of at the County’s biannual Household Hazardous Waste One Day Collection Events. These one-day events are free of charge to the citizens of Catawba County and typically occur in both the Spring and Fall. Every citizen in the County is encouraged to properly dispose of all of their unwanted HHW. A permanent paint and electronics collection is available at the Blackburn Landfill for all residents at no cost. This site accepts both latex and oil based paints and a full range of electronics. For more information about HHW disposal, please contact Ariel Kanupp at (828) 465-8217.

Any waste generated from the construction, renovation, repair, and demolition of structures such as residential and commercial buildings, roads, and bridges can be disposed of in the C&D landfill. C&D disposal has a reduced rate because there is no requirement for liners to be installed in the landfill, which means the disposal process is not as costly as that of MSW disposal.


Landfill Holiday Closings

Please be advised that the Catawba County Landfill will be closed the following days during 2020 for both commercial and general users:

Blackburn Sanitary Landfill

New Year's DayJanuary 1, 2020Wednesday
Independence DayJuly 4, 2020Saturday
ThanksgivingNovember 26, 2020Thursday
Christmas

December 24, 2020 (Closing at 12:00 p.m)

December 25, 2020

*December 26, 2020, open all day 8:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m*

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Blackburn Construction and Demolition Landfill

New Year's DayJanuary 1, 2020Wednesday
Martin Luther King DayJanuary 20, 2020Monday
Good FridayApril 10, 2020Friday
Memorial DayMay 25, 2020Monday
Independence DayJuly 4, 2020Saturday
Labor DaySeptember 7, 2020Monday
Thanksgiving

November 26, 2020

November 27, 2020

Thursday

Friday

Christmas

December 24, 2020

December 25, 2020

Thursday

Friday

Note: If the Sanitary Landfill is used when the Construction and Demolition Landfill is closed, users will be charged Sanitary Landfill Fees. No exceptions.

Please be advised that the Catawba County Landfill will be closed the following days during 2021 for both commercial and general users:

Blackburn Sanitary Landfill

New Year's DayJanuary 1, 2021Friday
Independence DayJuly 5, 2021Monday
ThanksgivingNovember 25, 2021Thursday
Christmas

December 24, 2021 (Closing at 12:00 p.m)

December 25, 2021

Friday

Saturday

Blackburn Construction and Demolition Landfill

New Year's DayJanuary 1, 2021Friday
Martin Luther King DayJanuary 18, 2021Monday
Good FridayApril 2, 2021Friday
Memorial DayMay 31, 2021Monday
Independence DayJuly 5, 2021Monday
Labor DaySeptember 6, 2021Monday
Thanksgiving

November 25, 2021

November 26, 2021

Thursday

Friday

Christmas

December 24, 2021

December 25, 2021

December 27, 2021

Friday

Saturday

Monday

Note: If the Sanitary Landfill is used when the Construction and Demolition Landfill is closed, users will be charged Sanitary Landfill Fees. No exceptions.


Landfill Gas to Energy FAQ

Landfill gas (LFG) is a natural byproduct, composed primarily of methane and carbon dioxide, from the decomposition of the organic material in landfills. Methane gas is a colorless, explosive gas that could potentially be dangerous and environmentally harmful. Federal and State regulations require landfill operators to contain this gas to the landfill property and implement measure to control its release to the atmosphere. The primary, most common process of managing the methane emissions is by using controlled burning through a specially designed flare system where the gas is ignited and burned harmlessly into the atmosphere. However, rather than wasting this valuable resource, Catawba County’s landfill gas is used as fuel to an electricity generating facility.

The three GE-Jenbacher engines are bright green and located at the Blackburn Landfill between the Biodiesel Facility and the landfill office.

By owning and operating their own facility, the County is able to generate revenue by selling the electricity to Duke Energy. This agreement allows Duke Energy to purchase electricity from a currently untapped fuel source, which would otherwise have to be produced by means of fossil fuels or nuclear plants.