Solid Waste Definitions

Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)

This means garbage, refuse and similar solid waste discarded from residential, commercial, institutional and industrial sources.

Construction and Demolition Waste

Consists of debris resulting from construction or demolition of buildings or other structures. Some examples include:

  • Asphalt
  • Bricks
  • Cement
  • Floor coverings
  • Glass
  • Gravel
  • Land clearing debris
  • Rocks
  • Shingles
  • Uncontaminated earth
  • Wood

Household Waste

Household Waste means waste generated as a result of daily activities in a household. Households including single and multi-family residences (apartments, duplexes and condominiums) and mobile or modular homes. Residential waste includes:

  • Bedding
  • Clothing
  • Floor sweepings
  • Food packaging
  • Furniture
  • Kitchen waste

There will be no charge for these materials coming from residences that have paid the Solid Waste Availability Fee.

Animal Carcass Disposal

Learn more about the topic on the Animal Carcass Disposal page.

Yard Waste

Consists of materials generated from the routine maintenance of the defined lawn area of improved properties that have been assessed the Solid Waste Availability Fee. Included are items such as old firewood, clean leaves, grass clippings, shrubbery, limbs and cut trees under 8 inch diameter and no longer than 8 feet.  Does not include land clearing debris as defined below.  Anyone found unloading or attempting to unload any material other than clean brush, leaves, grass clippings or pallets in the yard waste area will be subject to fines, handling charges and triple the normal tipping fee.

Land Clearing Debris

Consists of vegetative materials, stumps, rock, gravel and soil generated by land clearing activities from unimproved land, lots, wooded acreage and overgrown areas. Tree trunks and limbs over 8 inches in diameter and/or over 8 feet in length will be considered land clearing regardless of the source.  The fee for disposal is $38 per ton and it is only accepted at the Twin Oaks landfill.  Stumps over 8 inches in diameter will not be accepted at any site.  

White Goods

Consist of:

  • Air conditioner
  • Dryers
  • Freezers
  • Hot water heaters
  • Refrigerators
  • Stoves
  • Washers
  • Water coolers


Tires will be accepted from homeowners free of charge. Any homeowner with more than five tires per year will need to complete information requested for free disposal.

Tire recappers and retailers can unload tires for recycling free, provided the proper tire forms are presented to the Weigh Master prior to unloading. All used tires will be assessed a fee of $80 per ton, with additional charges for off road tires, if the North Carolina Tire Certification forms are not presented or filled out properly. Each form must have an assigned hauler ID number issued by the state or if tires are brought by the dealer the merchant number (federal ID) must be listed on the form. All tires must be counted while loaded for accurate count.

In addition, all North Carolina Scrap Tire Certificates (PDF) must be backed up with proof of North Carolina tire taxes being paid by sending in the companies E500G form or a tire sales report with each load of tires. These can be attached or faxed to Iredell County Recycling. If a company does not complete the E500G form then a sales receipt for the tires purchased will be needed. If new tires are not put on the vehicle, then the title for the vehicle(s) must be shown to the Weigh Master.

If these regulations for free disposal are not followed or there is no form then there will be a fee of $100 per ton for tires off the rim, $150 per ton for tires on the rim, and $250 per ton for large equipment tires.

Asbestos (Friable)

  • Consists of asbestos material that when dry can be pulverized or reduced to powder by hand pressure.
  • Accepted only at Twin Oaks Site.
  • It is required that 24 hours notice be given before bringing in materials.
  • All asbestos received should be properly sealed and contained as directed by North Carolina State Law with completed accompanying paperwork.

Asbestos (Non-friable)

Consists of asbestos material considered solid and will not become airborne, such as asbestos siding and asbestos shingles.

Source Separation

Learn more about the subject on the Fee Schedule page.