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

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

Memorial Day
Monday May 31
No pickup Tue. June 1
Makeup day: Wed. June 2
Labor Day
Monday Sept. 6
No pickup Tue. Sept. 7
Makeup day: Wed. Sept. 8

Recycling Guidelines for First Choice Disposal Customers

Recycling Day: Tuesday. Please have recycling out by 7:00 a.m., and place recycling material apart from trash (e.g., on opposite sides of the driveway) so it will be clear which is which.

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 containers should be rinsed so that recycling is not contaminated, and lids should be removed. By state law, plastic bottles and cardboard cannot be put in landfills; they must be recycled. 

  • Glass
    • All colors
    • Rinsed and lids removed. Lids should be thrown away in the trash.
  • Plastic
    • All plastic bottles and containers numbered 1-7, including yogurt, margarine, cottage cheese tubs, detergent, shampoo containers, etc. Their lids are NOT allowed. Containers should be rinsed and lids removed. Lids should be thrown away in the trash.
    • Bottle caps can NOT be recycled.
  • Paper: Any clean paper that tears: newspaper, office paper, glossy magazines, junk mail (plastic windows and staples allowed), detergent or cereal boxes, pet food bags, telephone books, brown grocery bags, etc.
  • Cardboard
    • All cardboard (corrugated and non-corrugated) is allowed.
  • Cans
    • Steel and aluminum cans (such as for canned vegetables and beans).  Their lids are NOT allowed.
  • Clean aluminum foil; gable-top paper juice and dairy cartons

Not Recyclable through First Choice:

  • 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.

Residents Can Also Use Chatham County's Comprehensive Recycling Program

  • General Information: 919-542-5516.
  • On the web at
  • 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
  • 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

Check the Green Scene website at