Surry County operates a Subtitle D landfill located at 237 Landfill Road, Mt. Airy and is available for the disposal of residential and commercial waste. Waste from the transfer station is delivered to the Subtitle D landfill for final disposal. This location has a construction and demolition disposal area. This is for the disposal of any building material (wood, metal, drywall, vinyl, etc) or demolished buildings, plus cement and paving waste. An area is provided at the Mt. Airy landfill for the disposal of tires (rims must be removed) and appliances (white goods), and yard waste. Surry County operates thirteen recycling/convenience centers. These centers are available for residential drop-off of household waste and provides an outlet for recycling. These centers are not available to commercial business waste disposal. All centers accept household waste for disposal. Household waste consists of trash and food waste from the daily activities of a home. Anything other than household waste such as wood, metal, or in general "spring or basement" cleaning must come to the landfill at Mt. Airy. Users of the centers are discouraged from bringing pickup loads of bagged trash to the centers for disposal. The centers are not equipped to handle large loads. Large loads should be delivered directly to the landfill "or transfer station" for disposal. No liquids or hazardous waste is accepted at any of the County's disposal areas. Disposal methods of liquids and hazardous waste are available from the source of purchase or the manufacturer of the product. Recycling facilities at each center are available for newspaper, magazines, aluminum cans, glass bottles, cardboard, and auto batteries. Glass containers should be rinsed clean. Newspaper, magazines, and cardboard should be free of any foreign materials such as string, paper, or plastic bags and should not be co-mingled with other paper types.
The Mt. Airy center has facilities for all paper types. Paper such as envelopes, color paper, plain paper, paper with black or color ink are considered mixed paper and do not have to be sorted. Computer paper is acceptable, but must be segregated from other paper. Also, the Mount Airy Center accepts computers, televisions, fax machines, copiers, and other electronics.