PITTSBORO – According to a statement from Chatham County, collection center swap shops have been swarmed with items that are not acceptable since they reopened on April 19.

“Swap Shops are a place where residents can leave and pick up lightly used items, so that someone else can use them and they don’t have to be thrown into a landfill,” said Kevin Lindley. , Chatham County Environmental Quality Manager. “Since the reopening, residents have been placing items in exchange stores that are not acceptable, from garbage bags to oversized items. We want to take this opportunity to remind residents what items are and are not accepted at exchange stores as it has been difficult for our attendants to try to manage. “

The following items are not accepted in Swap Shops:

  • Items too large to fit in the Exchange Shop or for one person (which would include large furniture, building materials, etc.)
  • Adult material
  • Chemicals or cleaners
  • Dirty, torn or wet clothes (they can be put in the green clothes recycling bin)
  • Food or drinks
  • Mattresses (beds, futons and sofa beds) or box springs
  • Medicines or medical devices
  • To paint
  • Personal care products
  • TVs over 25 inches or electronic devices weighing over 50 pounds
  • Underwear
  • Weapons or ammunition

Here are some examples of items accepted in Swap Shops. Items should be used smoothly and in working condition:

  • Art, cinema, music, etc.
  • Bicycles
  • Books and magazines
  • Clothing and footwear
  • Furniture (small)
  • Housewares and decorations
  • Small appliances
  • Small electronic devices – residents must delete all personal information
  • Sports equipment
  • Tools
  • Toys

Residents are reminded that they must have a 2021 Collection Center sticker to use collection centers, including exchange stores. Items placed in Swap Shops are available on a first come, first served basis and the items cannot be put away for future pickup. Residents are limited to two 15-minute visits per day to collection centers.

Local donation stores, like Habitat for Humanity and PTA thrift stores, may take certain items that are not accepted at exchange stores. Please contact them directly for details.

For more information on solid waste and recycling, visit www.chathamcountync.gov/recycle. Residents with questions can contact the main office Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 919 542-5516 or [email protected]



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