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Chatham Waste Management department prepares for Christmas and New Year holidays

Posted Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - All Chatham County collection centers will close early at 5pm on December 24 (Christmas Eve) and will be CLOSED December 25 (Christmas Day). The main Waste Management facility will beclosed on December 24, 27 and 31, 2010. Regular hours resume on Monday, January 3, 2011.

Swap 'til you Drop

Have you noticed the updated and freshly painted Swap Shops? Recycled plastic bins are being added for clothing. Residents are encouraged to sort or hang clothes to help keep the Swap Shops organized and inviting for all visitors. Hangers are helpful, so please leave them if you don’t need them.

We’ve also installed a new information board made of recycled rubber, and brochure racks filled with information on County Recycling programs.

Recycle Your Real Christmas Tree

Approximately 28 million real Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. every year and they are a renewable, recyclable resource. Chatham County Waste Management is encouraging residents to recycle their personal trees by taking advantage of a post-holiday period when real trees will be accepted at no charge.

The Christmas Treecycling Program offered by the county provides an easy way to recycle and “go green” this holiday season. The recycled trees will be ground into a mulch product and sold in the spring. County residents may bring their real trees to the Main Waste Management Facility, at no charge, from 7am to 3:30pm on the following dates:

  • December 28, 29, 30
  • January 3 - 7
  • January 10 - 14

The Main Waste Management Facility is located at 720 County Landfill Road, off Hwy. 64, just a few miles west of Pittsboro toward Siler City. Businesses will be charged the regular $20 per ton fee for yard waste recycling.

Please remove all decorations, tinsel, bulbs, wire, bolts, stands, and pots. Do not bring artificial trees, but please consider donating unwanted artificial trees or bringing them to the Swap Shops at Chatham County Collection Centers if they are still in good condition.

Recycle Electronics

Look for new E-cycle Stations at Bonlee, Cole Park, Pittsboro, and Siler City Collection Centers next week. Any Chatham resident or small business can also recycle electronics at the Main Waste Management Facility during office hours. Help keep TVs, computer equipment and other electronics out of landfill by recycling them.

TVs and computer equipment will be banned from NC landfills in July 2011.

You can still leave small working items in the Swap Shops and recycle the rest. Larger items over 50 pounds can be brought to the Main Waste Management Facility.

’Tis the Season for Peace and Recycling Cooking Grease

After all your holiday cooking, save up that oil and recycle it. Used cooking oil recycling containers are available at 7 Collection Centers and the Main Waste Management Facility – check the website or ask your Collection Center Attendant for details.

Next year, Chatham County recycling trucks will be running on B-20 (a mixture of biodiesel and regular diesel) made from your used cooking oil, so we can all breathe a little easier.

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Chatham Waste Management department prepares for Christmas and New Year holidays
There are now updated and freshly painted Swap Shops.

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