Waste Disposal & Recycling Center

  1. Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (WD&RC) Holiday Hours

    The WD&RC will be closed on Thanksgiving, open on Friday, but closed on Saturday. For Christmas, we will close at noon on Christmas Eve and reopen on Dec 27 at 7:30 a.m. We will close at 2 p.m. on New Year's Eve and reopen Jan 3 at 7:30 a.m. Read on...
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Construction starting at the Waste Disposal and Recycling Center; expect traffic slowdowns!

Construction to install a new scale, additional scale house, and breakroom for staff at the Waste Disposal and Recycling Center has begun!  Traffic around the scale house will be impacted at various levels for the duration of the project, however service levels will be maintained.  

Customers who use the rear window of the current scale house for transactions, and customers who use the Convenience Center, will be detoured around the construction area in order to access these service points.  The Solid Waste Department asks ALL users to please be mindful of the construction, new traffic patterns, and additional pedestrian traffic so that all users staff can and be taken care of safely!

The project should be completed by December of 2021.  Thank you for your patience as we make these improvements to be better able to serve our customers!

Contact: Muriel Williman, Senior Assistant Solid Waste Manager, Solid Waste Management Muriel.williman@durhamnc.gov

Disposal Guidelines

All loads entering the transfer station must be covered and secured or financial penalties may apply. All vehicles disposing of waste must stop at the scale house to be weighed before being directed to the proper location for unloading. All loads are subject to random screening to prevent contamination by illegal or hazardous materials. Scale operators will determine whether a load is in compliance with federal, state and local guidelines. Loads deemed not in compliance will be subject to a surcharge.

Hazardous materials, medical waste, radioactive materials, and liquid waste are not accepted. All fluids must be removed from lawn equipment prior to disposal. Tires must be removed from riding lawn mowers before disposal.


Part 14-101 (Municipal Solid Waste at Waste Recycling and Disposal Center)

Transfer Station

1.  Municipal solid waste delivered by commercial vehicles.

Per ton



Composting Facility

3.  Organic waste delivered by commercial vehicles.

Per ton



View the whole City fee schedule here

View the fee schedule section for the Waste Disposal and Recycle Center here

Uncovered / Unsecured loads are now subject to double tipping fees!

Used Tires

  • Five or fewer tires, off the rim only – no charge
  • Tire retailers/haulers with DENR certification may bring tires at no charge only if all the tires are off the rim. Copies of car titles or E-500G tax forms may be required as proof of eligibility for free disposal.
  • All others - $91 per ton
Tires are only accepted Monday through Friday.


We collect the following forms of payment:
  • Debit/credit cards with the Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover logo
  • Checks
  • Customer Accounts
  • *Sorry no cash is accepted at this time.

Convenience Center & Tipping Floor

The convenience center disposal area is for customers who are manually unloading items; for example waste that is in a pick-up truck or car. The tipping floor is for customers whose vehicle has hydraulic dumping capability. No hand unloading takes place on the tipping floor.