Landfill

The New Hanover County Landfill provides safe, environmentally sound waste diversion, recycling, and disposal services to county residents and businesses. In operation since 1981, the landfill was the first lined landfill in the state of North Carolina. The site also boasts an innovative constructed wetlands system for the treatment of landfill leachate as well as a double reverse osmosis wastewater treatment plant.  All landfill liner systems are designed to exceed federal and state requirements. The site also provides for the convenient recycling of tires, appliances (“white goods”), yard waste, mixed recyclables, construction and demolition debris, batteries, used motor oil, cooking oil, antifreeze, oyster shells, sharps (needles) and other materials. The landfill is located at 5210 U.S. Highway 421 North. Hours of operation are:

  • Monday through Friday – 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (excluding select holidays)
  • Saturdays 6:30 a.m. to Noon

The New Hanover County Landfill accepts the following materials for recycling or disposal:

Recycling:

  • Aluminum Cans
  • Oyster Shells
  • Antifreeze
  • Cooking Oil
  • Plastics #1 – #7
  • Asphalt Shingles
  • Scrap Metals
  • Car / Truck Batteries
  • Tires
  • Cardboard
  • Used Motor Oil
  • Oil Filters
  • Carpet and carpet pads
  • White Goods (appliances)
  • Wood Waste (scrap lumber)
  • Clean concrete, brick, and dirt
  • Wooden Pallets
  • Drywall
  • Yard Waste (leaves, branches, grass clippings, etc.)
  • Mixed Paper

Disposal:

  • Asbestos -friable and non-friable (Prior authorization required, call 798-4453)

NOTE:  Asbestos disposal is only available to homeowners performing their own abatement work OR have hired a contractor for asbestos abatement in their home.  No asbestos-containing material will be accepted from commercial or industrial sources.

  • Construction and Demolition Debris (C&D)
  • Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) – garbage and refuse
  • Bulky items, such as mattresses and furniture
  • Sharps (hypodermic needles)
  • Special Waste (by authorization, call 798-4453)

NOTE:  All disposal fees are pro-rated based on the actual weight delivered.  All customers will be weighed in and out to determine the pro-rated fee amount.  For example, a customer bringing in 500 pounds (0.25 tons) of refuse will be charged $12.50 ($50 X 0.25).

Material Fee
Antifreeze No Charge
Appliances No Charge
Asbestos (accepted with prior approval) $80.00 / ton
Batteries, Lead-Acid No Charge
Brick, Concrete, or Dirt (clean, separated)*** $30.00 / ton
Brick, Concrete, Dirt mixed $48.00 / ton
Bulky Items (mattresses, furniture, etc.) $48.00 / ton
Cardboard (with less than 15% contamination) No Charge
Construction/Demolition Debris (C&D)*** $48.00 / ton
Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) -garbage/refuse $48.00 / ton
Shingles, Asphalt, Clean*** $30.00 / ton
Shingles, Built-up Roofing, Mixed $48.00 / ton
Sludge (accepted with prior approval) $80.00 / ton
Tires from residents (limit 5 per day) No Charge
Tires from businesses $75.00 / ton
Oil, Used No Charge
Residential Yard Waste (no plastic bags or garbage) $30.00/ton
Commercial Yard Waste (no plastic bags or garbage) $30.00/ton

 

*** Disposal fees will be waived for construction and demolition materials that are separated at the job site by category and are 100% free of contamination.  Eligible materials include:  gypsum wallboard (sheetrock), scrap lumber and pallets, asphalt shingles, and concrete/brick/block.  If you have any questions about this program, call 798-4450.

Day of Week Date Holiday Observance Status
Saturday July 1st Saturday before Independence Day Open until 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday July 4th Independence Day Closed
Monday September 4th Labor Day Open
Friday November 10th Veteran’s Day Open
Thursday November 23rd Thanksgiving Day Closed
Friday November 24th Day after Thanksgiving Open
Saturday November 25th Saturday after Thanksgiving Open until 1:00 p.m.
Saturday December 23rd Saturday before Christmas Open until 1:00 p.m.
Monday December 25th Christmas Day Closed
Saturday December 30th Saturday before New Year’s Day Open until 1:00 p.m.
Monday January 1st, 2017 New Year’s Day Closed

The following items are banned from disposal at all North Carolina landfills.  Separate recycling areas exist for these items either at the landfill or at the County’s Household Hazardous Waste facility:

  • Motor oil and oil filters
  • Yard trash
  • White goods (appliances)
  • Antifreeze
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Whole scrap tires
  • Lead-acid batteries
  • Glass beverage containers from ABC permit holders (bars and restaurants)
  • Plastic beverage containers
  • Wooden Pallets
  • Oyster Shells
  • Discarded computer equipment and TVs
  • Fluorescent lights and Thermostats that contain mercury (Hg)

Tours of the landfill are available by appointment, and are customized for different age groups and technical levels.  Please schedule tours at least 48 hours in advance.  Please note that minor children must be accompanied by an adult.  Closed-toed shoes are required.  Call (910) 798-4403 to schedule your tour!

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR INCLUDE:

  • constructed wetlands system
  • reverse osmosis wastewater treatment plant
  • construction and demolition debris recycling facility
  • recycling and diversion initiatives
  • landfill engineering and design

(If we’re very lucky, we might just spot an American Alligator, wild turkey, bald eagles, or other critters during the tour!)

Environmental Management: 3002 U.S. Highway 421 North • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-4400 • Fax 910-798-4408