Downtown Waste Guide

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Businesses have multiple waste disposal options in the Chapel Hill Downtown. Following is a quick guide to those options and contact information for the Town and County to contact with any questions:

Waste Type
Waste Service
 Service Provider
Notes
Applicable Links
Service Day(s)
Garbage
Garbage compactors
Town of Chapel Hill
The Town of Chapel Hill contracts for the provision of two compactors, located behind the Post Office and behind Starbucks for businesses in the designated downtown compactor area. Businesses pay the Town for the use of these compactors. See below map for location of compactors.
Town commercial solid waste collection Friday
  Garbage collection
Town of Chapel Hill
Businesses may be eligible for the Town’s garbage collection service. Businesses pay the Town for this collection service. To determine eligibility, contact the Town’s Public Works Department. See below map for location of dumpsters.
Town commercial solid waste collection   Varies
  Garbage collection
Private business
Businesses may provide their own waste containers (e.g., compactors, dumpsters, roll carts) and pay for their service. These are commonly in locked private waste enclosures and are the responsibility of the owner.    Varies
Recyclables
Recycling collection
Orange County
Orange County provides blue 96 gallon recycling rolling carts for use by businesses. The County will repair and replace broken and damaged carts, but users are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the area in and around the carts. Issues with maintaining a clean site should be communicated to the County.  

- Commercial recycling

- Acceptable materials

Monday & Friday before 8am
  Recycling collection  Private business  Businesses may provide their own recycling containers and pay for them to be serviced. These containers are commonly in locked private waste enclosures and are the responsibility of the owner.    Varies
Cardboard
Cardboard dumpster collection
Orange County
Orange County services two cardboard dumpster locations for downtown businesses. One is located along North Alley adjacent to the Wallace Parking Deck and the other is located in parking lot at the corner of N. Columbia and W. Rosemary St.  Commercial recycling
Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday before 7am
  Cardboard dumpster collection
Private business
Businesses may provide their own cardboard dumpsters and pay for them to be serviced. These are commonly in locked private waste enclosures and are the responsibility of the owner.    Varies
Bulky items
  Private business   Bulky items include but are not limited to: furniture, large appliances, shopping carts, or other large items that cannot be disposed of in a compactor, dumpster, or roll cart container. Businesses are responsible for contacting a solid waste hauler (or the Town if the Town is their solid waste hauler) to remove bulky items from their property. 
Varies  
 Grease   Private business   Restaurants are required to comply with the Town’s illicit discharge ordinance (Article V, Section 23-78 through 90) which includes maintaining grease containers and arranging for them to be serviced.   Town restaurant educational materials
Varies  

Click here for a PDF version.

Where are the Town commercial compactors and dumpsters?

Click here for a map of Town-serviced commercial compactors and dumpsters.

Key Contact Numbers:

  • Town of Chapel Hill Public Works - Solid Waste Services:919-969-5100
  • Town of Chapel Hill Stormwater Services: 919-969-7246
  • Orange County Solid Waste: 919-968-2788
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