Environmental ManagmentThe Department of Environmental Management oversees the operations of the Landfill and the Recycling programs.

In 1989, Environmental Management was underway closing the old landfill and constructing the new Subtitle-D Landfill on Campbell Road in Woodleaf.  This landfill was one of the first built in the state that met the new State requirements that allowed for the protection of the soil and groundwater around the area. At this time Rowan County, also, established the recycling program with the addition of staffed convenience centers. Rowan County was one of the first to implement recycling for its citizens in the state.

Holiday Notice:

The Landfill and All Recycling Centers will be


Monday, May 29 in Observance of Memorial Day


Rowan County Department of Environmental Management

Please Note that our physical address is:

1102 North Long Street Extension, East Spencer, NC 28039
Phone:  704-216-8589     Fax:  704-216-8969

Our Mailing Address is: PO Box 430 East Spencer, NC 28039-0430

Main Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

(except holidays)

Litter Sweep - Biannual Statewide Roadside Litter Cleanup

Landfill & Recycling Sites




Tipping Fee

2008 Tipping Tax




Tipping Fee

Tipping Tax


In-County Waste








Out-of-County Waste








July 1, 2013

Rowan County Landfill Enterprise Fund


The Rowan County Board of Commissioners have authorized an increase in our current landfill solid waste tipping fees by:
                                                             $2.00 per ton Effective July 1, 2013.



The Rowan County Enterprise Fund is a self sustaining program that operates entirely by revenues generated within the program.  Unlike other counties across the state of North Carolina, Rowan County does not charge household solid waste/recycling program availability fees. The Rowan County Landfill Enterprise fund relies on the surplus revenue generated from landfill tipping fees to fund non-landfill waste diversion activities such as NCDENR landfill bans and recycling services. 


In consideration of the fiscal impacts of our current economy, the source of revenue generated by the sales of recyclables remains unpredictable and only capable of supporting a small percentage of program costs.  As recycling programs have become more successful through increased participation due in-part to the convenience of single stream recycling, the tonnage disposed of at landfills has decreased.  This means that our revenue to fund our entire solid waste and recycling program has diminished. 


The landfill tipping fee increase will allow us to continue to meet landfill permit environmental compliance, sustain our recycling/landfill banned and solid waste diversion programs. 


Rowan County is accepting Televisions  FREE of charge.
Please Bring All Televisions to our Rowan County Processing Center located at 1102 N. Long Street Extension in East Spencer Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 3:00pm.
Televisions will ONLY be accepted at this location!

Notice to the Farm Community:

When Purchasing Seed Products: Please be sure to speak with your seed vendor about allowing the vendor to take back emptied seed bags for proper recycling.  Many local vendors will agree to reclaim bags from the seed products that they sell.  Seed bags can in many cases be reused or recycled.  It is our collective responsibility to use our purchasing power to help facilitate reuse and recycling mechanisms. Seed bags are an area where we can make a difference in our waste stream by keeping this usable material out of our landfill.
Thank you for your efforts!



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