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Solid Waste and Recycling

Chad Parker, Director
828-586-2437

Solid Waste - Contact Email: transferstation@jacksonnc.org

Staffed Recycling Centers Hours: 

72 hours per week April through October:
Monday through Saturday 7 AM – 7PM


66 hours per week November through March:
Monday through Saturday 7 AM – 6 PM

Transfer Station is open 50 hours per week:
Monday through Friday 7 AM – 4 PM

Jackson County operates the eight Staffed Recycling Centers (SRC) shown above, to collect Solid Waste from only residents living in Jackson County as well as collect recyclable materials from all citizens.  There is no on site charge to residents for these services. If you are delivering solid waste directly to the Transfer Station the rates are listed below:

Construction & Demolition Waste - $64.00 per ton
Concrete/Asphalt and Commercial Waste - $64.00 per ton
Mixed Loads - $87.00 per ton
Brush - $31.00 per ton
 
Jackson County Recycle Program Information
DEFINITIONS of waste collected at Staffed Recycling Centers around the county.


Batteries
Lead-Acid automobile batteries are accepted at the county sites.

C&D Waste - Construction & Demolition
Solid Waste resulting solely from remodeling, repair or demolition by a resident on residential housing in quantities normally associated with residential housing maintenance. 

Commercial Waste
Any solid waste generated by a business that is classified as a commercial business or non-profit.

Container Recycling
Aluminum Cans, steel cans, plastic bottles and containers, and glass containers. Items not accepted: glass cookware, ceramics, mirrors, window glass, headlights, light bulbs, or medicine bottles, plastic motor oil or antifreeze containers, tubs, pots, or trays.

Electronics Recycling

Electronic equipment is accepted with the exception of unauthorized waste.  Examples can be found at: www.crserecycling.com/main.php?p=electronics

Fiber Recycling
Newspaper, Mixed paper and corrugated Cardboard. Items not recyclable are:
Paper towels, cups or plates, tissues, blueprints, pet food bags, carbon paper, waxed paper, wallpaper or plastic bags.

Household Bulky Items
These items also referred to as “bulk material” include household furniture, mattresses, and bedding.

Residential Waste
Any solid waste, garbage and refuse as defined in the Solid Waste Management Ordinance of Jackson County. Solid waste, (excluding C&D, LCID, and hazardous waste) generated in the normal daily activities of a single residence.

Waste Oil 
This waste is used motor oil resulting from the maintenance of household engines such as automobiles, trucks, boats and lawn & garden equipment. Used oil filters are also recycled at waste oil locations.

White Goods (Scrap metal)
These items include inoperative or discarded refrigerators, ranges, water heaters, freezers, or other similar domestic appliance.

Yard Waste & Brush
This is solid waste consisting solely of vegetative matter such as leaves, pine straw, pinecones, grass trimmings, and small limbs in quantities normally associated with residential yard maintenance.

Unauthorized Waste
The County will not accept or transport any hazardous waste, liquid waste, regulated medical waste, sharps not properly packaged, regulated asbestos containing material as defined 40 CRF 61, PCB waste as defined in 40 CFR 761 or any other waste that would not be acceptable for disposal at the Jackson County Solid Waste facilities.

The County Staffed Recycling Centers will not accept Commercial Waste. The Staffed Recycling Centers are for Residential Waste only.

Physical Addresses For SRC Locations Physical Addresses For SRC Locations (9 KB)

Solid Waste and Recycling Map Solid Waste and Recycling Map (761 KB)

Solid Waste and Recycling Chart Solid Waste and Recycling Chart (20 KB)

Recycle Information

The following list offers some options for recycling materials in Jackson County. Any business listed is not endorsed by Jackson County, but is strictly provided as an informational service. For information about Staffed Recycling Centers and the items they recycle, see the list below.

Aluminum cans
Recycle at all Staffed Recycling Center Sites in Container Recycling.

Aluminum Scrap and Siding
Recycle at all Staffed Recycling Centers.

Antifreeze
Residents can recycle used antifreeze at two Staffed Recycling Centers.

Appliances
Small household appliances in WORKING condition, can be brought to area thrift shops
  • Habitat for Humanity Resale Store – 828-586-1232
  • Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store – 828-586-7470
  • Pathways for the Future – 828-631-1167
  • Reach of Jackson County Thrift Store – 828-586-8778
  • United Christian Ministry – 828-631-0317

  • Large appliances, such as washing machines and refrigerators can be taken to the County Staffed Recycling Center sites that receive White Goods for recycling.

    Asphalt
    Old asphalt can be brought to the Transfer Station.

    Also visit the Directory of Markets for Recyclable Materials, provided by the NC Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental. Visit: www.p2pays.org/DMRM/start.aspx for a list of asphalt recyclers.

    Businesses that wish to properly dispose of fluorescent and HID ballasts should visit the Directory of Markets for Recycled Materials, provided by the Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance at: www.p2pays.org/DMRM/start.aspx for a list of companies that manage ballasts.

    For more information on regulations regarding fluorescent and HID disposal, contact Anne Preston at:
    919-508-8599 of the North Carolina Department of the Environment and Natural Resources, Hazardous Waste Section.

    Bar and Restaurant Recycling
    All mixed recycling for businesses can be brought to the Transfer Station.

    Batteries
    County residents can bring lead-acid batteries to County Staffed Recycling Center sites that receive batteries for recycling.

    Books
    Soft covered books can be recycled with Mixed Paper at all Staffed Recycling Center sites. Hard cover books must have the covers removed, and then the interior pages can be recycled with Mixed Paper.

    Building Materials can be taken to the Transfer Station. There will be a tipping fee.

    Businesses should contact the following hazardous waste management companies, or visit www.p2pays.org/DMRM/start.aspx for a more extensive list. Jackson County is not endorsing these companies. We are providing their names strictly as an informational service.

    Safety-Kleen Corporation www.safety-kleen.com 800-334-5953 or 910-342-6106

    Clothing
    Most of the Thrift shops accept clothing. Check the Yellow Pages, or contact the following:
  • Habitat for Humanity Resale Store – 828-586-1232
  • Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store – 828-586-7470
  • Pathways for the Future – 828-631-1167
  • Reach of Jackson County Thrift Store – 828-586-8778
  • United Christian Ministry – 828-631-0317

  • Coat Hangers
    Most dry-cleaners accept wire coat hangers for recycling or reuse. Check the Yellow Pages for a list of “Cleaners”.

    Compact Disks
    Remember that reuse is the most effective form of recycling. Many music stores will purchase used CD’s. check with your favorite music store or the Yellow Pages.

    Computer Equipment
    Computer equipment can be recycled at all Staffed Recycling Centers, and the Transfer Station in the Electronics recycling areas.

    Corrugated Cardboard
    Recycle at all Staffed Recycling Centers in the Fiber Recycling.

    Electronic Equipment and Scrap
    Electronic equipment and scraps can be recycled at all Staffed Recycling Centers and the Transfer Station in the Electronics recycling areas. To view a list of sample materials, visit: www.crserecycling.com/main.php?p=electronics

    Eyeglasses
    See the Yellow Pages under “Opticians”. The Lions club has boxes in most optician offices, and also Walmart.

    Fluorescent Bulbs
    Residential customers can contact Waste Management at 866-699-6466 for recycling kits for home use, or go to: www.thinkgreenfromhome.com

    Businesses and institutions are required by law to recycle fluorescent lamps if they produce more than a certain amount per year. For a list of companies that manage fluorescent lights and other mercury containing items, visit the Directory of Markets for Recycled Materials, provided by the Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance at: www.p2pays.org/DMRM/start.aspx

    Furniture
    Furniture can be recycled at all Staffed Recycling Centers, and the Transfer Station.

    Glass
    Bring glass to containers recycling at all Staffed Recycling Centers.

    Hazardous Waste
    Businesses can visit: www.p2pays.org/DMRM/start.aspx for an extensive list of hazardous waste management companies.

    Junk Mail
    Junk Mail can be recycled with mixed paper at all Staffed Recycling Centers in the Fiber recycling. To stop residential junk mail, return the unwanted mail to sender in their postage-paid or return mail envelope along with a note asking to be removed from their list. Call unwanted catalog and credit card companies and ask to be removed from their list. You can also write to:
    Mail Preference Service/Telephone Preference Service Direct Marketing Association
    PO Box 282
    Carmel, NY 1015
    (Request that your name not be put on any new mailing lists, there is a charge)
    ADVO – System, Inc.
    Director of List Maintenance
    239 West Service Road
    Hartford, CT 06120-1280
    (Request to be removed from current mailing lists)

    Visit www.p2pays.org/main/junk_mail_optout.asp for more information, and to download Junk Mail Terminator Postcards, or “opt-out” on-line at http://opt-out.cdt.org/submit.shtml Click the “secure server” link for on-line forms or “insecure server” for forms that can be printed and then filled out.

    Businesses can visit http://dnr.metrokc.gov/swd/nwpc/bizjunkmail.htm for junk mail reduction assistance.
     
    Land Clearing Debris
    The Transfer Station will accept this material. A tipping fee will be charged.

    Magazines
    Recycle glossy magazines at all Staffed Recycling Centers in Fiber Recycling.

    Metal/Scrap Metal
    All Staffed Recycling Centers and the Transfer Station accept this material.

    Mercury Containing Thermostats
    Bring these to the Transfer Station on Mineral Springs Drive.

    Businesses that wish to properly dispose of materials containing mercury should visit the directory of Markets for Recycling Materials, provided by the Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance, at www.p2pays.org/DMRM/start.aspx, for a list of companies.

    Mixed Paper
    Mixed Paper, such as junk mail (envelopes included), office paper, notebooks (bindings removed), cereal boxes (liner removed), 6 and 12-pack boxes and other paper packaging (without waxy or plastic coating) can be recycled at all Staffed Recycling Centers in the Fiber Recycling.

    Motor Oil
    Recycle at some Staffed Recycling Center sites.

    Newspaper
    Recycle at all Staffed Recycling Center sites in Fiber Recycling.

    Paper packaging that is non-metallic and not coated with wax or plastic can be recycled with mixed paper at all Staffed Recycling Center sites in the Fiber Recycling.

    Paint
    Remember to buy less toxic and non-aerosol paint. Paints can contain chemicals such as solvents and metals that can damage the environment, especially our water supplies, and endanger human health if not disposed of properly. Purchasing latex paint is best and some stores even sell recycled paint.

    If you have only a small amount of  latex paint to dispose of, you can safely dry the paint out at home by removing the lid and allowing the contents to aerate. Accelerate the drying process by stiffing kitty litter or sand into the open can of paint. Once latex paint is thoroughly dried, residents can dispose of the cans, with the lids removed, in the regular trash.

    Paper
    Recycle at all Staffed Recycling Center sites in the Fiber Recycling.

    Pesticides
    Reduce the amount of hazardous waste you use and try buying less toxic products. Contact the NC Cooperative Extension Service at 828-586-4009 to find out how to get rid of pesticides while keeping your environment clean.

    Phone Books
    Phone Books can be recycled at all Staffed Recycling Centers in the Fiber Recycling.

    Plastic Bags
    Minimize plastic bag use by bringing a string or canvas bag with you when you shop. Reuse all bags. Please recycle plastic grocery bags and plastic newspaper bags at your grocery store.

    Plastic Containers
    Recycle at all Staffed Recycling Centers in the Container Recycling.

    Scrap Metal
    See Metal

    Steel Cans
    Recycle at all Staffed Recycling Centers in the Container Recycling.

    Syringes
    There is no local program for recycling used syringes. Dispose of syringes in a secure plastic container such as a plastic peanut butter jar or laundry detergent bottle with the lid screwed on tightly and bring to them to a Staffed Recycling Center.

    Telephone Books
    Recycle at all Staffed Recycling Centers.

    Televisions
    Recycle at all Staffed Recycling Center in the Electronics Recycling.

    Tires
    Recycle at the Transfer Station on Mineral Springs Drive.

    White Goods
    Recycle at all Staffed Recycling Centers except items containing Freon. These are accepted at the Transfer Station, Cashiers, Tuckaseigee and Qualla.

    Yard Waste
    Yard waste is accepted at the Transfer Station on Mineral Springs Road.

    Solid Waste & Recycling Ordinance