Why Should I Recycle?

There are many good reasons for reducing waste and increasing recycling. Here's a few to think about:

  • Capacity at the White Oak Landfill is reaching its limit and new landfills are getting more difficult to permit in North Carolina. The county is faced with spending millions of dollars in the next several years to close one landfill cell and prepare another for use.
  • Last year, Haywood residents and businesses generated 58,850 tons of solid waste that went to the landfill and only 3,400 tons of recyclables that could be sold to commodities markets. As much as 60 percent of the materials that go in the landfill could be recycled, which will extend the life of the landfill and reduce the costs associated with waste disposal.
  • Landfills compete with other land uses, such as residential, business and industry, transportation and recreation.
  • Extraction of raw materials to manufacture new goods is threatening natural ecosystems around the world. Many of these raw materials could come from recycled goods. For example, it can take as much as 1 ton of earth to get 5 grams of gold. However, a ton of cell phones yields not only 400 grams of gold, but 500 grams of silver.


What Can I Recycle?



All types of household batteries may be recycled by placing them in a bag and handing them to an attendant at any of our 10 convenience centers.

How & Where Do I Recycle?

Haywood County accepts recycled goods at our 10 convenience centers throughout the county, as well as the Materials Recovery Facility in Clyde. The convenience centers are staffed with Haywood County employees from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for two locations, Cruso and Fines Creek ,which only operate Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 7-5. Residential solid waste is accepted at each center in compactors.

Best practices for handling recycling depend on where you live. If you live in the county, all recyclable materials may be placed in blue compactors located at each convenience center. If you live within the limits of one of Haywood County's municipalities, please contact them directly about recycling practices. To access the web sites for each municiple government, visit the Our Community section of our web site. For more tips on how to prepare recyclables, click here.

Recyclables are hauled from the centers to our Materials Recovery Facility. Haywood County Solid Waste employees separate the materials from the blue bags and places each material into different bins. The materials are baled and Haywood County Solid Waste Management markets the materials.


Haywood County is dedicated to sustainability!

In January 2008, the Board of County Commissioners approved the county's first Sustainability Plan to encourage and educate our employees to take practical, measurable steps to reduce waste, reuse products and recycle materials by the daily choices our employees make. Our mission is to openly communicate our environmental practices and performances as part of an ongoing dialogue with the business community and our citizens to foster a county-wide commitment to best practices to reduce, reuse and recycle. 

Just look at the products Haywood County has started accepting for recycling since the fall of 2008: