- Published on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 13:55
- Written by Super User
NEW HANOVER CTY - Residents of New Hanover County can begin taking yard waste to the county landfill free of charge beginning Thursday, June 27, as part of an innovative, multi-phase pilot program.
Yard waste, including tree trimmings, leaves, grass clippings, and the like will be accepted from the public during normal business hours at the landfill. The site is located at 5210 U.S. Highway 421 North.
The pilot program is intended to eventually address a service gap in the unincorporated areas, where curbside yard waste collection programs do not exist. Data gathered from each stage of the pilot program will be crucial to developing a collection program to serve residents in those areas.
Diverting yard waste from disposal at the landfill will preserve landfill airspace and convert the material into a beneficial resource.
This new program follows the opening of a household hazardous waste collection facility in May of this year.
Residents of New Hanover County now have a place to take waste that's unsafe to throw away. The facility is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The site replaces the county's one-day collection activities.
Located at 3002 US Hwy 421 N., New Hanover County residents can dispose of their waste free of charge. Household hazardous waste material contains chemicals that are toxic, flammable, corrosive or reactive. Some residential waste can be pesticides, paint, used oil, antifreeze, fertilizers, electronic waste, batteries, mercury-containing bulbs, lamps, or thermostats.
Improper disposal of household hazardous waste can contaminate ground and surface waters and poses a direct threat to health and the environment.
Items collected include: Acids, Fuels, Aerosols, Household Cleaners, Antifreeze, Mercury Thermostats and Thermometers, Batteries, Paint, Caustic Materials (i.e. drain cleaner, lye, borax), Pesticides, Herbicides, Fertilizers, CFL Bulbs and Lamps Containing Mercury (not taped or broken), Sharps (needles), Cooking Oil & Motor Oil (and oil filters), Smoke Detectors, Electronics and Solvents.
For other items, County Environmental Management has published a list on their website of locations and businesses located in the County that accept a wide range of items for recycling and disposal. That includes everything from mobile homes to cell phones, rechargeable batteries and more.
For more information, visit http://www.nhcgov.com/Environmental or call (910) 798-4403.