Please follow these simple guidelines when disposing of household waste:
- All household trash must be placed in a garbage bag and then placed inside the container.
- Allow 3 feet of clearance between your dumpster and any other item.
- To report service problems, call 919-918-7425 or email the Solid Waste Division.
Thank you for following these tips. It helps us provide better service to you.
- Household trash
- Food waste
- Aluminum cans (place in your curbside recycling container)
- Large sized alkaline batteries and wet cell / lead acid batteries such as the kind found in cars, trucks, and boats.
- Debris from construction, remodeling, or demolition
- Computer equipment
- Corrugated cardboard (place in your curbside recycling container)
- Dirt, sod, rock or concrete
- Hot ashes
- Flammable materials such as:
- Oil/Oil Filters
- Mercury containing light bulbs and thermostats
- Large appliances or furniture
- Oyster shells
- Recyclable rigid plastic containers (place in your curbside recycling container)
- Toxic or hazardous waste
- Yard waste
The EPA estimates that more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in our everyday trash. Orange County Solid Waste Management can help individuals, businesses, and institutions "starve the landfill and feed the soil" by composting their organic wastes including yard waste and kitchen scraps. Contact Orange County Solid Waste Management for more information at 919-968-2788.
Reduce Your Waste
According to the EPA, “The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy: raw materials must be extracted from the earth, and the product must be fabricated and then transported to wherever it will be sold. As a result, reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment, and save money.” To help reduce waste:
- Buy used. You can find everything from clothes to building materials at specialized reuse centers and consignment shops. Often, used items are less expensive and just as good as new.
- Look for products that use less packaging. When manufacturers make their products with less packaging, they use less raw material. This reduces waste and costs. These savings can be passed on to the consumer. Buying in bulk, for example, can reduce packaging and save money.
- Buy reusable over disposable items. Look for items that can be reused; the little things can add up. For example, you can bring your own silverware and cup to work, rather than using disposable items.
- Maintain and repair products, like clothing, tires, and appliances, so that they won't have to be thrown out and replaced as frequently.
- Borrow, rent, or share items that are used infrequently, like party decorations, tools, or furniture.