Recycle Right NC Campaign

Cumberland County in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful, Cumberland County Schools and others held an annual E-Waste Event on November 16, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Ann Street Landfill that also included tours of the landfill. The event was a success, thanks to our citizens and volunteers!  Cumberland County Solid Waste Management is a good Environmental Steward and all operations are regulated by the State and EPA.  We are proud of what we do and understand that it does matter!

Cumberland County and the municipalities encourage residents to practice simple steps to be bin/container smart about recycling.  Putting non-recyclable items in a recycling bin/container causes contamination and raises costs.  Local material recovery facilities must spend more time and money to sort out the rising levels of non-recyclables and trash.  Recyclables need to be cleaner to meet new requirements for processing.

It’s important to recycle the right way and improve the quality of material collected through our program. Knowing what can and cannot go into a bin/container is vital to maintaining Cumberland County's recycling program and aiding North Carolina’s thriving recycling industry.

To help make recycling more efficient, remember these simple tips:

  • Place empty cans, bottles, paper and cardboard in the recycling bin.  Keep everything else out.  Rinse plastic bottles, jugs and tubs, and empty all bottles and cans of liquids before placing them in a recycling bin/container.
  • Do not bag your recyclable items for bin disposal.  Also be prepared to empty your bags of recyclables at the Container Site.
  • Do not put plastic bags, cords, hoses and other string-like items in the recycling bin/container as they can tangle around rotating equipment.
  • Avoid putting other things that could be hazardous to workers who sort recycling – like batteries, needles, sharp objects and food residue – into the recycling bin/container.
  • Do not put Styrofoam cups and containers in the recycling bin/container.
  • Numbers don't matter...what we can process does.  When it comes to plastic, recycle by shape:  bottles, tubs, jugs and jars are recyclable.
  • When in doubt, throw it out!
  • You are the first sorters - we NEED you to make the right choice.

Remember, your hard work collecting and recycling items will go to waste if the recycling is contaminated.  Keep recyclables loose and free - whether in your curbside bin or at your local recycling container site.  Tanglers (holiday lights, hoses, cords, etc.) not only contaminate the recycling stream, they also damage expensive equipment and cause safety hazards for the processing center employees.  These "tanglers" may be recycled separately, check with your local recycling office.

Recycling is very important!  There are billions of people in the world.  Our landfills are filling up!  We have the opportunity to enhance domestic recycling markets and keep waste out of landfills and out of international waters.  It is our responsibility to create jobs in the United States and reclaim resources like paper, plastic, metal and glass rather than making products and packaging out of virgin materials and burying those discarded resources in a hole in the ground (a landfill).

It is our responsibility to reduce waste in the landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, care for our environment, protect public health, support industry, develop domestic markets and in-state jobs, and reclaim resources that would otherwise go to waste.

There has always been a cost to processes recyclables, but it used to be offset by the revenue generated from the sales of recyclables.  With current market conditions, the average value of one ton of mixed recyclables is $43 and the cost to process is $70.  Recycling now comes at a cost, just like landfilling and all other solid waste management options.  Reducing levels of contamination lowers the cost of recycling.

Electronic Recycling

Electronics can be recycled at the Ann St Landfill and any of the County Container Sites.

The scalehouse operator at each landfill or the attendant at each County Container Site will direct you to the designated area for electronics recycling.

Items Accepted:

  • Cell Phones & PDAs
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Copiers
  • GPS
  • iPod and MP3 Players
  • Keyboards and Mice
  • Network Equipment
  • PC's, Hard Drives, Laptops, Servers
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Telephone Systems
  • Televisions (any TV over 27" must go to the Ann St Landfill)
  • Typewriters
  • Video Games
Tire Area:










Tires accepted:

  • Car tires
  • Truck/Tractor tires

A completed Tire Certification Form is required at time of disposal.

If car or truck tires have rims, the cost will be $1 per tire.

Tires not eligible for free disposal (6 or more tires will be charged $61 per ton).

Tires must be unloaded by hand and stacked in van trailer.

Tires accepted Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Baling Area:
(white goods and computers)
(No charge for these items)








  • Televisions / Stereos
  • Small Appliances With Cord (radio, toaster, hairdryer, coffee maker, etc.)
  • Air Conditioners
  • Dishwashers
  • Empty oxygen/acetylene/propane cylinders/tanks
  • Fluorescent bulbs (5 per household, no commercial businesses)
  • Freezers (doors removed)
  • Hot Water Heaters
  • Refrigerators (doors removed)
  • Stoves
  • Washers and Dryers
  • Computer Equipment
  • VHS Cassette Tapes / Floppy Disks / Printer Ink Cartridges

Reutilization Area:

  • Shingles (no paper, plastic, wood, etc.)
  • Oyster Shells (no charge)

Do you know what the arrows in the recycling symbol represent?

You probably recognize the recycling symbol but few of us know what those arrows represent. Some think that the arrows represent the key words of waste reduction – reduce, reuse, and recycle.

What they represent are the three necessary steps in recycling.

  1. Separation and Collection. It’s no longer enough to separate your garbage and put your bottles and cons into a recycling bin.
  2. Manufacturing. Manufacturers are needed to make something from these bottles and cans.
  3. Buying Recycled Products. Consumers need to purchase these products in order to close the loop and make the recycling program work.

Each component of the recycling system is dependent upon the other two. That means if you are not buying products made from recycled material you aren’t really recycling.

Recycling conserves resources, saves energy, reduces air and water pollution, and helps create jobs.

Shop Smarter

  • Buy bulk goods to reduce waste packaging.
  • Look for the recycling logo on products you buy. Such symbols identify recycled or recyclable products.
  • Support recycling markets by buying products made from recycled material.

Reuse It

  • Buy cloth diapers, napkins, towels, and rags rather than disposable products. Buy sponges and rechargeable batteries -- anything that can be used again and again.
  • Bring grocery bags back to the store for your next purchases.
  • Use the blank back side of paper to take notes.
  • Mend clothes and repair broken appliances.
  • Reuse plastic food-storage bags.
  • Donate towels and linens to animal shelters. Animals don’t care if the towels are a little thread bare; they make a comfortable bed for the animals.

Recycling Tonnages for Cumberland County Solid Waste Management

  • (Amounts reported are for January 2015 through December 2015 for Cumberland County Solid Waste Management Department collection and disposition of recyclables)

    • Aluminum: 6.94 tons
    • Batteries: 2, 722 each (39 lbs each) or 53.08 tons
    • Books: .11 tons
    • Cardboard: 44.21 tons
    • Commingled Textiles: 6.54 tons
    • Cooking Oil: 1,730 gallons (8 lbs each) or 6.92 tons
    • Electronics: 5.29 tons
    • Glass: 1.66 tons
    • Metal: 44.45 tons
    • Mixed Paper: 3.66 tons
    • Plastic: 3.55 tons
    • Shingles, clean: 7.32 tons
    • White Goods: 10.27 tons
    • Textiles: 6.54 tons
    • Tires: 4,789.03 tons
    • Total Tons: 4,989.57


  • Shredding


    Cumberland County Solid Waste Management has a commercial size shredder and will shred paper materials for citizens on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (no binders or paper clips; staples are OK). The cost for shredding is $.35 per pound.


    If you have paper to be shredded, go to the Ann Street Landfill and follow the road to the right. At the scale house, go to the window and tell the weighmaster you have shredding. You will be instructed on where to go for the shredding. Once at the baling facility, the papers will be weighed and you will be given a receipt with weight listed. Go back to the scale house and give the weighmaster your receipt. You will be charged based on the weight listed on the receipt.


    Shredding is not available to businesses, including home-based businesses.

Contact Us

698 Ann Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301

Phone:  910-321-6920
Fax: 910-321-6840

Director: Amanda L. Bader, PE

To report ILLEGAL DUMPING, call the Environmental Hotline at