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:
The New Hanover County Landfill accepts the following materials for recycling or disposal:
Please note that asbestos containing material (ACM) is no longer accepted for disposal at the New Hanover County Landfill.
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 $12.00 ($48 X 0.25).
|Batteries, Lead-Acid||No Charge|
|Brick, Concrete, or Dirt (clean, separated)***||$30.00/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|
|Food Waste, unpackaged only||No Charge|
|Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) – garbage and refuse||$48.00/ton|
|Shingles, Asphalt||$48.00 / 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)||$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. 18th||Martin Luther King Day||Open|
|Friday||Apr. 2nd||Good Friday||Open|
|Monday||May 31st||Memorial Day||Open|
|Sunday||July 4th||Independence Day||CLOSED|
|Monday||Sept. 6th||Labor Day||Open|
|Thursday||Nov. 11th||Veteran’s Day||Open|
|Thursday||Nov. 25th||Thanksgiving Day||CLOSED|
|Friday||Nov. 26th||Day after Thanksgiving||Open|
|Saturday||Nov. 27th||Saturday after Thanksgiving||Open until 12:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||Dec. 19th||Saturday before Christmas||Open until 12:00 p.m.|
|Friday||Dec. 24th||Christmas Eve||Open until 2:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||Dec. 25th||Christmas Day||CLOSED|
|Saturday||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:
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!
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR INCLUDE:
(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.
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 www.nhcgov.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.