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Q: Can you tell us what the landfill takes. I can’t find it on the website. We are wondering if they take ceiling tiles, size two feet by four feet.


Answer: “The definitive list of what is accepted at our landfills would be very long,” said Gale Ketteler, utilities public information officer for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities. “It’s probably easier to say what is not accepted, or what should go to other facilities.”

Hanes Mill Road Landfill is permitted to accept municipal solid waste, which includes general household waste as well as non-hazardous waste from industrial and commercial sources.

White goods, such as ranges, refrigerators, air conditioning units, and more can be taken to the Hanes Mill Road Landfill free of charge. A longer list of white goods that can be taken — and items that are not classified as white goods — can be found online at

Yard waste and wooden pallets should be taken to one of the two yard waste facilities. Waste that is generated from construction or demolition activities may be taken to either Hanes Mill Road Landfill or Old Salisbury Road Landfill.

Items generated by residential households that are potentially hazardous (such as used oil, solvents, paint, etc.) may be taken to 3RC EnviroStation on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Items that are prohibited from landfill disposal by NC state statutes include used oil and used filters, antifreeze, lead-acid batteries, yard trash, aluminum cans and recyclable plastic bottles. There are other materials that may be prohibited by permit conditions or policy.

When in doubt, the best option for citizens is to contact CityLink Online or call 311 or 336-727-8000.

As for your question about ceiling tile, the Hanes Mill Road landfill would take them, according to Jan McHargue, assistant utilities director of the solid waste division for the city and county. Also, if the waste was generated at a result of construction or demolition activities, they could also be taken to the Old Salisbury Road Landfill, which specializes in construction debris, she said.

Hours and details about what can cannot be disposed of can be found at

While on the subject of ceiling tiles, if you are removing them from an older structure you should confirm the tiles do not contain asbestos before handling them.

“Before beginning removal or disturbing the ceiling tiles, a sample of the tile material — including mastic, if mastic was used an adhesive in the installation of the tiles — should be tested for asbestos content by a certified lab,” said Minor Barnette, director of the county’s Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection.

If the materials test positive for asbestos, the best next step is to call his office at 336-703-2440 for guidance before proceeding. “We provide asbestos information and consultation assistance free of charge for Forsyth County citizens as a public service to protect public health in our community,” he said.



Write: Ask SAM, 418 N. Marshall St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 

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