Hurricane Ian Update

New Hanover County is no longer under any storm watches or warnings. Visit for more information.

New Hanover County services and attractions will resume normal operations on Saturday, October 1. Learn more here.


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:


  • Aluminum Cans
  • Food Waste, unpackaged
  • Oyster Shells
  • Antifreeze
  • Cooking Oil
  • Plastics #1 – #2
  • Asphalt Shingles
  • Scrap Metals
  • Car / Truck Batteries
  • Tires
  • Cardboard
  • Used Motor Oil
  • Oil Filters
  • White Goods (appliances)
  • Wood Waste (scrap lumber) – unpainted and untreated
  • Clean concrete, brick, and block
  • Wooden Pallets (unpainted/untreated)
  • Drywall
  • Yard Waste (leaves, branches, grass clippings, etc.)
  • Mixed Paper
  • Clean soil


Please note that asbestos containing material (ACM) is no longer accepted for disposal at the New Hanover County Landfill.

  • 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:  The landfill accepts cash, checks (with a NC address and phone number listed), and all major credit/debit cards.  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 $13.00 ($52 X 0.25).

Material Fee
Antifreeze No Charge
Appliances No Charge
 Batteries, Lead-Acid  No Charge
Brick, Concrete, or Dirt (clean, separated)*** $30.00/ton
Bulky Items (Furniture, etc.)

Mattresses and Box Springs are charged $10/each plus the charge by weight

Cardboard (100% clean, no styrofoam or plastic wrap) No Charge
Construction/Demolition Debris (C&D) $52.00/ton
Food Waste, unpackaged only No Charge
Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) – garbage and refuse $52.00/ton
Palm Trees $25.00/each
Shingles, Asphalt (100% clean) $30.00 / ton
Shingles, Built-up Roofing, Mixed $52.00 / 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, Motor and Oil, Cooking No Charge
Residential Yard Waste (no plastic bags or garbage) $30.00/ton
Commercial Yard Waste (no plastic bags or garbage) $25.00/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), unpainted/untreated scrap lumber and pallets, and concrete/brick/block.  If you have any questions about this program, call 798-4450.

Day of Week Date Holiday Observance Status
Friday Jan. 1st New Year’s Day CLOSED
Monday Jan. 17th Martin Luther King Day Open
Friday Apr. 15th Good Friday Open
Monday May 30th Memorial Day Open
Monday July 4th Independence Day CLOSED
Monday Sept. 5th Labor Day Open
Friday Nov. 11th Veteran’s Day Open
Thursday Nov. 24th Thanksgiving Day CLOSED
Friday Nov. 25th Day after Thanksgiving Open
Saturday Nov. 26th Saturday after Thanksgiving Open until 12:00 p.m.
Saturday Dec. 17th Saturday before Christmas Open until 12:00 p.m.
Saturday Dec. 24th Christmas Eve CLOSED
Sunday Dec. 25th Christmas Day CLOSED
Sunday Jan. 1st, 2022 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.  For groups greater than 12, please schedule a week 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!


  • constructed wetlands system
  • reverse osmosis wastewater treatment plant
  • construction and demolition debris recycling facility
  • food waste composter
  • 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!)

Volunteers are always welcome!  Do you need volunteering hours, or community service hours towards a badge or work goal?  If you like to work outdoors, this is your gig!

One of the sites biggest challenges is managing wind-blown debris – things like plastic bags and Styrofoam.  The landfill is surrounded by pristine wetlands and we place a high priority on keeping it that way!

Volunteers will be supplied with all the supplies and tools you may need to help us to manage litter safely.  Call us at (910) 798-4400 if you’re interested.

How to obtain Franchise Agreement

Franchise agreements are for private haulers whose business model is based around the collection and transportation of solid waste. It is required for any waste hauling business that utilizes the landfill. Here are the steps to find the process:

  1. Go to
  2. About 2/3 the way down the home page, click the blue button that says “commissioners”
  3. At the top of the next page, within a green bar, far right, click on “Polices and Ordinances”
  4. Under “Ordinances”, click on the link to “New Hanover County – Code of Ordinances”
  5. Once the page loads, scroll down the list of ordinances on the left until you get to “Chapter 44 – SOLID WASTE”
  6. Click on the link
  7. Scroll down to “Sec. 44-55. – Franchise required for solid waste collection.”
  8. Read sections (a) through (p). The list of items required to be submitted for a franchise agreement are in section (c).
  9. Once you have these documents ready, submit them to the Deputy County Attorney, Kemp Burpeau  at:
  10. Kemp’s phone # if you have specific questions is (910) 798-7121.

Once the materials are received, they will be forwarded to county Finance and this department for review. After being reviewed and approved, it must appear as an agenda item before the County Commissioners for two readings. You do not need to be present for either reading. Once approved by the Board, you will receive your franchise agreement from the County Attorney’s office. It is good for seven (7) years.



Recycling & Solid Waste: 3002 U.S. Highway 421 North • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-4400 • Fax 910-798-4408
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