Debris Collection

New Hanover County will collect vegetative debris from Hurricane Isaias in the unincorporated areas of the county at no cost to residents beginning the week of August 10, 2020. Construction and demolition debris will NOT be collected.

Interactive Map

View a map here showing the debris pick-up zones in unincorporated areas of the county. This will be updated as debris collection is scheduled, is in progress, or has been complete in specific zones.

HOAs with gated access

A current member of the HOA board must request debris collection in writing and provide gate access codes, if necessary.  Address all requests to:  Joe Suleyman at

Debris Collection Tips

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

  • Separate vegetative debris (branches, leaves, etc.) from any household debris (construction and demolition debris like tile, carpet, drywall, etc. will NOT be collected)
  • Do not place debris in plastic bags (paper bags are allowed). Debris in plastic bags will NOT be collected.
  • Craft paper bags are OK for smaller pieces of debris
  • Pile smaller pieces of debris on top of larger pieces
  • Debris should be in pieces no larger than 12 feet in length.  Cut larger diameter pieces (>12 inches) into 6 foot lengths
  • 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

City of Wilmington residents can find information on debris collection within the city by clicking here.

All New Hanover County residents can also bring vegetative debris and construction debris to the county landfill during regular operating hours. Learn more about landfill operations and fees.

For information about how to dispose of other debris, visit the Alternatives to Disposal page.




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