Solid Waste Division

Waste Types

Animal Carcasses are accepted for cremation at the Transfer Station. The animals must be delivered by appointment only, and separate from other wastes. Fees range from $90.00 to $180.00.

Appliances are accepted at the Transfer Station, but must be disposed separately from landfill trash.  Appliances included on this list are; clothes washers and dryers, water heaters, heat pumps, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, freezers, trash compactors, dishwashers, conventional ovens, ranges, stoves, and wood stoves.  Fees will cover removal of Freon, if appropriate, and transport to an off-site recycling or disposal site. See our list of businesses that accept appliances. It is often cheaper for the customer to deliver directly to a recycler, rather than have City staff accept it at the Transfer Station, then re-load and deliver it to the same recycler.

Asbestos is found in many old building products such as insulation and siding. Some asbestos containing materials can be disposed of safely in the landfill, and some cannot, no asbestos is accepted at the Transfer Station. Contact our business office for assistance with identification and handling of asbestos wastes.  For details on the dangers of handling asbestos, go to a Pleural Mesothelioma website. 

Batteries (Rechargeable) can be delivered to the Transfer Station. Wet Cell batteries (automotive style) will be charged a disposal fee, fees are set to cover our disposal costs at a battery disposal facility.  Dry Cell rechargeable batteries (Lithium Ion, Ni-MH) are accepted at no charge at our HHW facility from a household.  All batteries must be removed from the product they operated by the customer.  Many vehicle batteries, and smaller rechargeable batteries can be recycled locally. Check our list of businesses that accept batteries.  Some give store credit, and others accept batteries at no cost.  Common alkaline batteries are not recyclable and should be thrown in the trash.

Brush Waste, see Tree Waste below

Commercial and Industrial wastes often have unique characteristics that make them difficult to handle in the Transfer Station. Those waste should be inspected at the point of generation to identify any pertinent State and Federal regulations. We will then determine the best handling system. Contact the Transfer Station to begin this process.

Computer wastes (and electronic components) are accepted as residential waste only.  Batteries must be removed from lap-top type devices.  Businesses must follow NDEE guidelines before disposing any electronics.  Recycling is available locally in Norfolk at a private business.

Concrete with no protruding rebar or structural wire will be accepted at a reduced rate if delivered separately from all other wastes.

Grass Clippings & Leaf Waste can be delivered to the Transfer Station. The waste must be segregated from other wastes, and then delivered to the compost pile.  It can contain grass, leaves, flowers, and garden waste only.  Since the product is composted and returned to the soil, it cannot include non-biodegradable substances, tree limbs, branches, plastic bags, or trash.  Check our listing of businesses that handle yard wastes, or the Transfer Station for hours of operation and current rates.

Hazardous Wastes from the home, in typical household quantities, are allowed in the normal trash disposal system. We recommend that household chemicals be kept separate and delivered to the HHW for proper disposal or recycling.  Commercial and industrial hazardous wastes are regulated by several State and Federal regulations, and cannot be accepted for landfill disposal. The Division Staff however, can assist with identification of the wastes, and with evaluations needed to identify appropriate disposal options. Contact the Solid Waste Manager with your questions.

Household bulky items: chairs, recliners, couches, sinks, counter tops, cabinets, toilets, mattresses, bed springs, outdoor furniture and landscaping material are all accepted.  Counter tops and cabinets must be less than 8 feet in length. Standard tonnage fee applies.

Household Garbage contains all the wastes normally produced by a home. It can include materials used in the home that contain hazardous components, such as drain cleaners and insecticides.  It is better to separate and deliver the hazardous waste to the Household Hazardous Waste facility on site.

Hypodermic needles used in the home can be disposed of in the weekly garbage. The needles need to be contained in a soft drink bottle with lid in place, or other suitable container, to prevent accidental punctures while in route to the landfill, and disposed of weekly.

Iron & Steel is accepted at the Transfer Station, however we recommend it be routed to a recycler. If these wastes are delivered to the Station, a 20 lb. weight limit and 8 foot length limit apply. The standard tonnage fee applies.

Lumber can include any type of manufactured lumber or lumber products typically found in the construction trades. The Transfer Station is limited to accepting dimensions and weights that do not damage the transport trailers, and do not inhibit their unloading. Weight is generally limited to 20 lbs. per individual piece of waste, and length is limited to 8 feet. The standard tonnage fee applies.

Mercury is found in old thermometers and thermostats.  Those items (no need to dismantle the thermostat) can be delivered to the Transfer Station at no charge.  These items can be accepted from households only.  Commercial and industrial hazardous wastes are regulated by several State and Federal regulations, and cannot be accepted.  Contact the Solid Waste Manager with your questions.

Oil wastes will be accepted, from a household, if delivered separately from all other wastes. If it is suitable for recycling it is accepted at no charge. Acceptable oil includes engine lubricating oil, hydraulic fluid, heat transfer fluids, transmission fluid, and cutting oils. It does not include and must not be contaminated with brake fluid, solvents, water, or anti-freeze. Check our listing of businesses that also accept automotive fluids.

Paint is accepted at the Transfer Station from households only. We encourage customers to use all paint in some manner, then dispose of the empty container with their household trash.  Dry, empty, or containers with less than 1/4 of volume has no disposal restrictions and should be disposed of with normal household trash.  When it's not possible to use the paint, the customers can allow latex paint to air dry in the container(oil base paints will not dry out).  If liquid paint must be transported to the Transfer Station, it should be delivered separately from other waste.  Please do not mix latex and oil base paints in the same container.  Commercial and industrial paint wastes are regulated by several State and Federal regulations, and cannot be accepted.  Contact the Solid Waste Manager with you questions.

Pallets are accepted at the Transfer Station,  must be quartered when delivered. The standard tonnage fee applies.

Pharmaceutical Medications should be disposed in the trash. They should never be flushed down the sewer since community waste treatment systems are not capable of removing the many chemicals involved. This would result in the drugs passing on to be absorbed by the aquatic life in the river. If a pharmaceutical collection event is not available, simply empty the medications into a plastic bag with the rest of your household trash.  Most pharmacies will recycle the medications at no charge.

Tires can be disposed of most economically at the tire dealer when they are being replaced with new ones, however tires can be delivered to the Transfer Station for re-manufacture or recycling. Tires must be segregated from other waste since they will be handled individually and routed to a processing center off-site. Fees range from $6.50 to $100.00 each, depending on the size of the tire and whether it is mounted on a rim.

Tree Waste is accepted in quantities and sizes that can be handled by hand, at no charge to local residents. Larger dimension tree waste should be handled by one of the Tree Contractors in the community.   Contractors and businesses can deliver tree waste at a nominal charge.