Johnston County Solid Waste

Johnston County, North Carolina
Solid Waste Department

Entrance to Convience Center

Household Waste Disposal


     Convenience Centers and Solid Waste Decals


Johnston County provides Solid Waste Convenience Centers at 12 locations placed strategically throughout the county designed for household solid waste disposal and recycling select household items.  Solid Waste Decals are available for anyone that resides or owns property in Johnston County, where the household waste is generated.  

Each vehicle entering a Convenience Center for household waste disposal must have a current Solid Waste Decal affixed to the lower right-hand corner of the windshield. A customer only wanting to recycle is not required to own or display a Decal.

 A County resident that does not wish to purchase a Johnston County Solid Waste Decal has the option to contract with any of the local commercial haulers available or to haul their own waste. Commercial waste haulers will provide curbside waste cans for household waste disposal for a fee.  

Local commercial businesses and industries are not eligible to dispose of waste using the Solid Waste Convenience Centers and must use the landfill or alternate disposal site for this service.

  Convenience Centers Household Waste Decal: 

A Solid Waste Decal will allow a customer access to any of the twelve Convenience Centers for household solid waste disposal. Waste volume will be restricted to one standard ½ ton size pick-up truck bed (approximately 4 cubic yards) per week.  The Convenience Centers attendant will monitor customer’s waste load frequency and volume.   

One Solid Waste Decal is required for each vehicle disposing household trash at the Convenience Center.  If more than one vehicle from the same address is used to haul trash, then an additional Decal should be purchased for the extra vehicle.

 A replacement Decal may be obtained when the Decal has been damaged or when a vehicle is to be sold or otherwise out of commission.  The Decal must be removed from the vehicle and shown to the appropriate Public Utilities Office staff for a replacement decal. At least 51% of the Decal must be recovered for free replacement.  Lost decals may be replaced for the full fee. 

 Decals cannot be replicated or moved between vehicles.  A receipt for a Decal purchase cannot be used in place of the Decal.

 Solid Waste Decal Purchase: 

A Solid Waste Decal is valid for twelve months from the date of purchase.  New customers may purchase a new Decal anytime throughout the year. 

A Solid Waste Decal may be purchased for $100.00 each. 

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

Purchase trash decal online


  Decal Placement:

Only one Solid Waste Decal should be displayed at a time.  All expired Decals should be removed from the vehicle. To apply the Decal, the customer will sit in the front passenger seat of the vehicle, peel the backing off of the new Decal, place the Decal onto the lower right corner of the windshield, and then press gently and evenly.

  Violations and Enforcement: 

Each vehicle disposing trash must display a Decal upon entering site.  A customer using the sites to dispose of trash without a Decal is doing so against Johnston County Ordinance and is subject to the established Solid Waste Ordinance fines.  If a Decal is not visible on the customer’s vehicle, the site attendant is required to record the vehicle identification information and report it as a violation.

Enforcement is performed under the authority of the Johnston County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 20, Article II, Sec. 20-35. – Penalties. 

First time violation: The customer’s vehicle information is recorded. This information will be used to track the customer to determine if repeat violations occur. 

Second time violation (First Offence): The customer’s vehicle information is recorded. A $100 fine will be issued to the customer through the mail.  

Third time violation (Second Offence): The customer’s vehicle information is recorded. A $200 fine will be issued to the customer through the mail.  

Forth time violation (Third offence and subsequence offences): The customer’s vehicle information is recorded. A $400 fine will be issued to the customer through the mail. 


 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
  • Glass beverage bottles

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 Department of Solid Waste Services 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

 Household Waste curbside collection 

Curbside waste pickup may be provided through one of the local trash pickup companies.

 Household Waste collection within the Towns

Each of the towns in the County has different policies and services provided. For more information on what services are provided by your town, see Waste and Recycling Information by Town.




Contact Us

Solid Waste Services

County Landfill
680 County Home Road
Smithfield, NC 27577


Page last updated:  March 27, 2023