Data, Annual Reports and Publications

N.C. Solid Waste and Materials Management Annual Reports

A comprehensive report outlining the state’s efforts regarding solid waste and materials management is published each year along with associated appendices listing per capita disposal and total disposal by county.  These reports can be accessed through the Division of Waste Management Annual Reports website.

Local Government Solid Waste and Materials Management Annual Reporting

Each North Carolina county and municipality is required to complete an annual report on their solid waste and recycling activities. For more information on reporting requirements and to obtain a copy of the current annual report form, please visit the Solid Waste Section Annual Reporting website.  

To view and download archived copies of previously submitted local government annual reports, please visit the Local Government Solid Waste and Materials Management Annual Reports

Local Government Recycling Fee Study

The Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service analyzed five years of local government solid waste and recycling fee data collected from N.C. Solid Waste and Materials Management Annual Reports from FY 2014-15 through FY 2018-19. The Five-Year Analysis of Household Solid Waste and Recycling Fees includes the solid waste, recycling, yard waste, bulky waste, and/or availability fees charged by local governments per household. 

Local Government Per Capita Recycling Performance

Recycling Jobs Study

Updated in 2020, the periodic Employment Trends in North Carolina's Recycling Industry study quantifies the impacts of recycling on jobs in North Carolina and points to the economic importance of continuing and expanding recycling programs across the state.

Organics Recycling Study

The Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service conducted a study about the materials managed at commercial composting facilities for the five-year period between 2011-2015. The 2015 NC Organics Recycling Study analyzes food recovery efforts through four strategies: food rescue, animal feeding operations, commercial composting and anaerobic digestion.

College and University Annual Recycling Report

The Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service conducts an annual College and University Recycling Report that covers waste diverstion and materials management trends at public community colleges and universities across North Carolina.

Recycling Pricing Trends for North Carolina

The Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service tracks pricing trends for recyclables commonly managed in North Carolina. To view pricing trends for basic recyclable commodities please visit Pricing Trends. For more resources on commodity pricing and information on specific materials, please visit Pricing Resources.

DEACS Annual Report

The Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service's 2020 Annual Report highlights the success of recycling in North Carolina and promotes the development of a recycling economy across the state.

Publications