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 unincorporated areas of New Hanover County will begin Monday, September 24, beginning with county parks and schools, then moving to unincorporated areas. Crews will make no less than two passes over the county to ensure debris is cleared as timely as possible.

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:

  • 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 debris in bags
  • 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 directly under power lines
  • Try to consolidate piles with neighbors

Because of declining use, the debris drop off sites at Ogden Park and Veteran’s Park closed on Saturday, October 20, and the site’s resources have been redirected to other debris collection efforts. County residents are encouraged to place their storm-related debris at the curb for collection. Demolition and vegetative debris piles must be kept separate to be collected. At this time, the county landfill is not accepting vegetative debris from residents or commercial haulers, however residents can bring demolition waste to the landfill.

Gated communities must provide permission to enter or 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.

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