About Us


The Department of Environmental Management oversees the operations of the Landfill, Recycling Processing Center, various convenience center sites throughout the county, as well as community outreach 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.
Rowan County Landfill Sign

Enterprise Fund

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 North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) landfill bans and Recycling Services. The fund has also made possible the program dedicated to help roadside litter across Rowan County.

Gas Collection & Control System

The Rowan County Landfill has installed a landfill gas collection and control system which allow us to:

  • Eliminate nuisance landfill gas odors.
  • Be constant with our compliance initiatives.
  • Evaluate the potential for future landfill gas-to-energy projects.
Gas collection system