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Residential Waste Reduction & Recycling

West Mecklenburg Recycling Center

8440 Byrum Drive
Phone: Call 311
From I-77 South...turn right onto Billy Graham Parkway towards the airport...turn left onto West Boulevard and travel about 1 1/2 miles. Turn left onto Piney Top Drive. The entrance to the recycling center is on Piney Top, just before it intersects with Byrum Drive.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday; 7 am - 4pm

Recycling Center Acceptable Materials:

NEW!!  Plastic Bottles and Jugs (EXCEPT #6)
NEW!!  Wide-Mouth Plastic Containers
NEW!!  Rigid Plastics
NEW!!  Empty Aerosol Cans
NEW!!  Milk and Juice Cartons, Juice Boxes
NEW!!  Pizza Boxes

Aluminum/steel/tin cans
Spiral paper cans ( i.e. frozen juice cans)
Glass jars/bottles (all colors) (NO lids or caps, ceramic cups, window/windshield glass, pyrex, glass dinnerware--plates and cups)
Junk mail and Mixed Paper (office paper, junk mail, envelopes, cereal boxes without liners, paper bags, gift boxes, gift wrap, dry food boxes, beer and pop cartons, mail tubes, paper towel rolls, index cards, file folders, paper egg cartons and paper food trays). (NO paper contaminated with food residue, diapers, text books, styrofoam, plastic food containers, gift bows and ribbons, and plastic grocery bags!)
Newspapers and inserts
Magazines and catalogs
Telephone books
Flattened corrugated cardboard  (NO pizza boxes!)
Household batteries (camcorder, laptop, camera, flashlight batteries, etc.)
Oil filters
Appliances (stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, water heaters, etc.)
Lead acid (car) batteries
Scrap aluminum and ferrous metal (bed frames, swingsets, etc.)
Paint: oil and water-based
Motor oil/antifreeze/transmission fluid (limit 10 gallons)
Cooking oil
Tires (no more than 5)
Plastic 6-pack rings
Propane tanks from gas grills (empty!) 
Used clothing in good condition  
Fire extinguishers
new item - Computers and Monitors
Unacceptable Materials:
NO Lids or caps
NO lids or caps, ceramic cups, window or windshield glass, Pyrex, glass dinnerware--plates and cups
NO paper contaminated with food residue, diapers, text books, Styrofoam, plastic food containers, gift bows and ribbons, and plastic grocery bags

Household Construction & Demolition Debris:
Mecklenburg County will accept residents' wood waste (framing timbers, pallets, crates, spools, sheathing, treated lumber/decking), inert material (concrete, brick, asphalt pavement, mortar, sheetrock, rock, gravel), plastic (pipe, buckets, wrap), and other (shingles**, fiberglass bath fixtures, tile, ceramic, carpet, padding). Residents will be charged $22 per pickup truck or trailer 12 feet or less. This service is available to Mecklenburg County Residential users only. Businesses can take C&D waste to the Foxhole Landfill, 17131 Lancaster Highway, 704-752-5827.

**If shingles are brought in on a trailer less than 12 feet, they can make up no more than 50% of the materials being disposed of. If the shingles are more than 50% of the load, they must be taken to the Foxhole Landfill.

We cannot accept mixed loads. Yard waste, construction/demolition debris, and bulky trash must be separated from each other prior to coming to the facility.


Household Hazardous Waste Disposal: Mecklenburg County helps residents safely dispose of their household hazardous waste (HHW). Most HHW may be taken the North Mecklenburg Recycling Center, Hickory Grove Recycling Center, West Mecklenburg Recycling Center and Foxhole Recycling Center where it is collected by ECOFLO, a licensed HHW transfer, storage and disposal facility. Call 704-336-7759, for a brochure about what constitutes HHW and how to store and prepare it for transfer to these recycling centers.


This center also accepts household garbage (which is everything else that can't be recycled or composted) and bulky waste items (mattresses, chairs, etc.) from county residents at no charge for disposal

Please email your questions or comments.

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