Debris Collection

Debris pick-up map >>

A map has been created for residents to view the progress of debris pick-ups in the unincorporated county.

Debris collection in the unincorporated areas of New Hanover County began Monday, September 24 and the first pass is nearing completion. The second pass of debris collection began after Thanksgiving.

New Hanover County has contracted with D&J Enterprises to pick up more than 1.2 million cubic yards of storm debris from Hurricane Florence. The City of Wilmington, as well as Carolina, Kure, and Wrightsville beaches are each coordinating debris collection for their residents, and can be contacted directly for information.

When cleaning and clearing debris, residents are asked to follow these guidelines:

  • ILLEGAL DUMPING is prohibited – place debris only on your property unless consolidating piles with neighbors with their consent
  • When hiring contractors to remove trees or home demolition materials, ask them to provide documentation that the debris was properly disposed of.  Many contractors have been found to be dumping debris on public property and along roadways.  This is illegal and costs taxpayers a tremendous amount of money.
  • Separate vegetative debris (branches, leaves, etc.) from construction/demolition debris (tile, carpet, drywall, etc.) — both will be picked up, but need to be separated
  • Do not place vegetative debris in plastic bags (construction debris can be placed in plastic bags, if needed)
  • Pile smaller pieces of debris on top of larger pieces
  • Debris should be in pieces no larger than 12 feet in length
  • Place piles at least three feet from mailboxes, utility meters, sign posts, and hydrants
  • Place piles no further than five feet from the road
  • Do not place debris piles under power lines
  • Try to consolidate piles with neighbors

Gated communities must provide written permission to enter and a gate code to Environmental Management by emailing JSuleyman@nhcgov.com. Private roads will be serviced as long as a large truck can enter and have space to turn around to exit. Those who live on small private roads are asked to consolidate debris piles with neighbors at the front of the road.

The county landfill is also accepting vegetative debris (branches, leaves, etc.) and demolition debris from residents. Effective Monday, November 12, the landfill disposal fees are $30 per ton for vegetative debris and $48 per ton for demolition debris.

For information about how to dispose of other debris, click here.

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