Disposal Facilities


City of Durham Waste Disposal and Recycling Center to Re-open to the Public May 18

Effective Monday, May 18 the City of Durham Waste Disposal & Recycling Center (WDRC) located at 2115 E. Club Blvd will re-open to all customers.  This includes the transfer station, hand-unload area, and the yard waste composting facility.   The WDRC has been closed to the public since March 25. 

The WDRC will be open Monday-Friday 7:30a.m.-4:00p.m. and Saturday 7:30a.m-12 noon, with the last customer inside the gate no later than 15 minutes before close.   

For the safety of the public and employees, the following changes have been implemented:

  • Cash will no longer be accepted.  Payment must be by check, credit or debit card or through current, verified disposal accounts.  Commercial customers can apply for an account to make scale time and payment more efficient.
  • Customers and staff will maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet.
  • ALL customers are to wear a face mask or other nose and mouth cover while on City of Durham property.
  • Customers should bring the help they need for unloading.  Staff is not available to help unload. Staff will assist in directing customers to the proper disposal/recycling areas, and control traffic.
  • The “Swap Shop” is closed until further notice.

Upon reopening, there may be long lines and wait times at the WDRC due to anticipated heavy volume of materials and traffic. Customers should try to avoid peak times which are 7:30a.m. to 9:00a.m. and 11:00a.m. -1:30p.m., each weekday. 

There are two new trash compactors at the WDRC, so flow patterns have changed! Please be patient and wait for instructions from staff upon entering the WDRC.  WDRC drop-off services include:

  • Bagged and bulky trash 
  • Mixed recyclables 
  • Cardboard 
  • Scrap metal 
  • Electronics 
  • Appliances 
  • Yard waste 
  • Tires 
  • Textiles
  • Household Hazardous Waste

The City of Durham operates two drop-off facilities for residents to safely dispose of recyclables, electronics, appliances, household hazardous waste and trash. These facilities are open to all City of Durham and Durham County residents. Commercial users may use the Waste Disposal and Recycling Center; however, the Hazardous Household Waste facility does not accept materials from commercial users.