General Information

First Choice Disposal is our contractor to collect trash and recycling. First Choice's trash and recycling collection day is Tuesday except as noted below. Please have trash and recycling containers outside by 7:00 a.m. on pickup days. Place recycling material apart from trash (e.g., on opposite sides of the driveway) so it will be clear which is which.

The First Choice phone number is 919-542-5398. Their website is http://firstchoicedisposal.biz.

If roads have snow or ice on them, check the First Choice website for the latest information about collections.

2021 Holiday Office and Pickup Schedule

New Years Day
Saturday Jan. 1
All routes will be collected on normal collection day this upcoming week

For other holidays in 2022, see the First Choice website, http://firstchoicedisposal.biz/2736.html

Recycling Guidelines for First Choice Disposal Customers

For Recyclables: Use a covered plastic bin or trash can, to withstand rain and snow. Otherwise any bin or container may be used. If plastic bags are used they must be clear, not opaque, so the contents are easily seen to be recyclables.

Do not sort recycling materials. Recyclables are sorted by machines and workers at the recycling plant.

All jars, bottles or any other containers should be rinsed with lids removed. Lids should be thrown away in the trash.

By state law, plastic bottles and cardboard cannot be put in landfills; they must be recycled. 

  • Glass - All colors (green, brown, and clear).
  • Plastic - Plastics numbered #1 & # 2. (Example-plastic bottles, jugs, jars and tubs with the number on the bottom.
  • Cans - Steel and aluminum. Lids should be thrown away in the trash.
  • Paper - Newspaper, magazines, junk mail, old phone books, packing paper, paperback books, hardback books (remove binding) and all cardboard (corrugated and non corrugated) such as detergent boxes, cereal, pizza boxes, moving boxes etc. Soiled cardboard boxes cannot be recycled, for example pizza boxes if they are left with any food residue.
  • Cardboard - All cardboard (corrugated and non-corrugated) is allowed.

Not Recyclable through First Choice:

Do not put these items in the recycle: Animal waste, used tissue products, aluminum foil, take out containers, light bulbs, styrofoam, plastic bags, bubble wrap, garden hoses, hazardous containers, plastic cups, aluminum foil/trays or take out trays or containers, shredded paper.

These items are NOT collected with recycle: Lids from containers, styrofoam, ceramics, clay pots, light bulbs, bubble wrap, AC or oil filters, tissue products, tires, batteries, electronics, household cleaning products, paint, articles of clothing, yard debris, wood pieces, toiletries, shredded paper, garden hoses, plastic cups, plastics toys/furniture and oil.

No whole or partial animal remains are allowed in the trash or recycle for collection.

Residents Can Also Use Chatham County's Comprehensive Recycling Program

  • General Information: 919-542-5516.
  • On the web at http://www.chathamnc.org/Index.aspx?page=132
  • The closest Recycling Center is located at 11631 US 15-501 North (north of Fearrington Village; turn right just past the gas station/Burger King at Cole Park Plaza)  
  • Hours: Monday – Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.,  Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
  • You must have a Chatham County Waste Management Dept decal on your car to use this facility. Decals are automatically mailed in January to people who have paid “solid waste management fees” that are part of your county tax bill. If you are new to the county, call to obtain your decal.

Items Accepted:

  • Glass (separate bins for clear, brown, and green/blue)
  • Glossy magazines & catalogues
  • Rigid plastic bottles (# 1 - 7). "Bottle" means neck smaller than base
  • Corrugated cardboard & brown grocery bags
  • Newspaper (including inserts)
  • Aluminum and steel (tin) cans
  • Mixed paper (clean, dry paper that tears)
  • Cooking oil – any containers, any oil

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers

  • Phone 919-542-5516.
  • On the web at http://www.chathamnc.org/Index.aspx?page=526
  • Open 3rd Saturday, March through November, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Located off US Hwy 64 West; turn right on County Landfill Road six miles west of Pittsboro.

Items accepted: 

  • Corrosive (examples: oven cleaner, bleach, household and auto batteries, and other products that can cause skin burns)
  • Reactive (examples: include chlorine, lye, and other products that can explode or emit toxic gases)
  • Toxic (examples: pesticides, herbicides, antifreeze, and other poisonous materials; fluorescent bulbs)
  • Ignitable (examples: gasoline, turpentine, motor oil, other flammable materials)

Other Recycling Opportunities

  • Plastic bags can be recycled at local grocery stores and can be re-used at various thrift stores, e.g., PTA Thrift Shop, Chatham Habitat, Club Nova or the Chatham Marketplace.
  • Styrofoam (clean peanuts and bubble wrap can be re-used at Pak-Mail at Cole Park). If not reused, they are trash.
  • Ceramics and clay pots: donate or trash.
  • Light bulbs: incandescent bulbs are trash; compact fluorescent or LED bulbs are hazardous household waste. See next section.
  • Wine corks are collected at Chatham Marketplace, Whole Foods, or St. Thomas More.

Check the Green Scene website at group.fearringtonfha.org/green.