Solid Waste Section

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Safe Management of Non-hazardous Solid Waste

The Solid Waste Program regulates safe management of non-hazardous solid waste through guidance, technical assistance, regulations, permitting, environmental monitoring, compliance evaluation and enforcement. Waste types handled at these facilities include municipal solid waste, industrial waste, construction and demolition waste, land-clearing waste, scrap tires, medical waste, compost, and septage. The program is regulated by Article 9 of Chapter 130A of the General Statutes and the rules in 15A NCAC 13B. For information about hazardous solid waste, see the Hazardous Waste Section website.

Composting in North Carolina

North Carolina’s solid waste policy reflects the state’s desire to reduce, reuse, and recycle before turning to disposal as a management option for solid waste. To that end, the North Carolina General Assembly established a hierarchy of preferred alternatives to using landfills in G.S. 130A-309.04. Composting is the first option after reduction, reuse, and recycling. Composting Rules and Guidance are found by clicking the following link: Composting.