Learn About the Landfill  

Hours and Location   |   How to Dispose of Waste at the Landfill
How to Purchase or Renew a Trash Decal   |   What Must be Taken to the Landfill
What the Landfill will not Accept   |   Images of the Landfill

Landfill Hours and Location

The Johnston County Landfill is located at 680 County Home Road in Smithfield. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is closed Sunday and county holidays. You can view the current holiday schedule for the Landfill and Convenience sites.

You can call the Landfill during business hours at 919-938-4750.

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How to Dispose of Waste at the Landfill

Both household and commercial waste that is accepted by the Landfill can be taken to the Landfill during Landfill business hours.

Fees for waste disposal at the Landfill are $35.00 per ton for Municipal Solid Waste, and $27.00 per ton for Construction and Demolition waste. Both of these fees include a $2.00 per ton state tax.

Yard waste is accepted at the Landfill Yard Waste facility year-round at a fee of $18.00 per ton. All waste materials have a $5.00 minimum charge.

To dispose of household waste at the Landfill without being charged a fee, it is necessary to purchase a trash decal. If you already have a Landfill decal, you can renew your trash decal online. For more information about Landfill decals, see the About Landfill Decals page.

How to Purchase or Renew a Trash Decal

Trash decals are good at the Landfill and all of the Convenience Centers (Drop-Off Locations). Citizens who use the Convenience Centers to dispose of their household garbage are required to purchase a decal annually. The decal must be affixed to the vehicle's windshield. The price of this decal covers a portion of the costs associated with operating the centers, transportation of waste, and Landfill fees.

Trash decals may be purchased online using a credit card by clicking on the button below:

Proof of Johnston County residency may be required to purchase a decal.

Decals may also be purchased in person at the Public Utilities Office in the Land Use Center at 309 E. Market Street in Smithfield, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information about trash decals, please contact the Public Utilities department at 919-989-5075.

What Must be Taken to the Landfill

The following items are not accepted at the Convenience Centers and must be taken to the Landfill:

  • Dead animals
  • Land clearing debris (trees or stumps)
  • Large loads of waste
  • Yard waste (logs, limbs, leaves, grass or plants)
  • Shingles, construction, or building materials
  • Antifreeze

Yard waste is not accepted at the Convenience Centers, but one standard (half-ton) pickup from a residence may be taken to the Landfill using a Landfill decal. The limit is one load per week.

Decals do not cover shingles or construction waste disposal. Customers with construction or demolition waste must weigh at the Landfill and pay a per-ton disposal fee. All other items taken to the Landfill are subject to a disposal fee. For information about these items or any other questionable items, please call the Johnston County Solid Waste Division at 919-938-4750.

Littering is punishable under state law and county ordinance. All loads should be secured and covered to prevent littering. To report littering or illegal dumping, use the online form or call the Sheriff's Office at 919-989-5010.

What the Landfill will not Accept

Some wastes are not accepted at either the Convenience Centers or the Landfill due to federal, state, or local laws.* These items are:

  • All liquids*
  • Fire, embers, or hot ashes
  • Hazardous wastes or unknown wastes*
  • Poisons, herbicides, or pesticides*

*While certain items are banned from being placed into the Landfill, the Landfill will accept many of these items for proper disposal or recycling. Simply because they are banned from Landfill disposal by Law, does not mean that you cannot take them to the Landfill at all. More information about specific items the Landfill accepts can be found on the How to Dispose of Residential Waste page.

Images of the Landfill

A description of how landfills are built is available at http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/landfill4.htm.



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