Beginning today, Monday, July 5, residents in Charlotte must place yard waste in paper yard waste bags or reusable containers, per the City of Charlotte. The containers must weigh 75 pounds or under. The city hopes this change will reduce the use of single-use plastics and speed up collection times.

The disposal facility used by the city does not accept plastics therefore workers are having to un-bag yard waste left on the curb in plastic trash bags. This process can very time-consuming and even dangerous. In contrast, the paper bags are compostable and can be thrown directly into the trucks. If you forget to place your yard waste in paper bags it’s ok, the City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services will allow one “courtesy collection” of plastic bags just in case they are unaware. If so a note detailing the new requirements will be left at the residence. Paper bags are available for free at recycling centers and the Solid Waste Service office.

Free paper bags are available at the Solid Waste Services office and Mecklenburg County full-service recycling centers.

Solid Waste Services- 1105 Otts St, Charlotte, NC 28205

Full-Service Drop-Off Centers:

Foxhole Recycling Center
17131 Lancaster Highway
Charlotte, NC 28277
12300 N. Statesville Road
Huntersville, NC 28078

Charlotte, NC 28215

140 Valleydale RoadCharlotte, NC 28214

Note the Hours of Operation:

Full-Service Drop-Off Centers: Monday-Saturday: 7 am-4 pm
Note: Hickory Grove Center: Saturdays NO TRAILERS LONGER THAN 10 Feet.  Please divert these loads to the  Compost Central or Foxhole Centers.