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Who handles yard waste disposal in New Hanover County?

Ken Little

It’s pretty much up to yard debris owners to decide how to dispose of the material, says Lynn Bestul, New Hanover County solid waste planner.

Most methods cost money.

“Yard debris is not allowed to go into the landfills, which means the garbage companies will have to go through with an additional truck, which means they will charge a fee,” Bestul says.

Donnie Reynolds of Waste Industries, Inc., which serves areas of New Hanover County, says it would probably not be cost effective for owners of yard debris to have the material hauled unless  a sizable quantity was involved.

More than 50 garbage bags full of debris could fit into a 15-foot open container of the type used by Waste Industries.

“It would have to be a pretty considerable amount for us to dispose of it for them,” Reynolds says. “They put a ban on it in the landfill and the landfill will not accept it so we don’t do it commercially. (Residents) can’t put it out with the trash with all the restrictions.”

County residents with unwanted organic debris can haul it to local companies that will accept yard waste for a fee. Some of them may pick up yard waste if it is in a garbage can, Bestul says.

Look online or in the phone book, but local companies include Diversified Biomass (793-1460), SeaSide Mulch (791-2100), Blue Horizon (343-9696), Wilmington Materials (763-4569), American Property Experts (793-1640) and The Mulch Master (763-6000).

Basically, residents “would have to haul it themselves or have a neighbor haul it for them or locate a trash hauling company,” Bestul says.

Burning may be an option for some people, but Bestul strongly advises first contacting the local fire department.

Check out the New Hanover County Web site for tips on disposal of items that are no longer accepted at the county landfill: http://www.nhcgov.com/AgnAndDpt/ENVM/Pages/DisposalofOtherItems.aspx

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2 Responses to “ Who handles yard waste disposal in New Hanover County?”

  1. On September 19, 2009 at 1:15 pm Allison wrote:

    You forgot composting as a method of dealing with yard waste. Grass and leaves are perfect base materials for a compost pile.

  2. On March 24, 2014 at 3:24 pm Joe Suleyman wrote:

    The New Hanover County landfill now has a site for managing yard waste. County residents can take their yard waste there at no charge, M-F from 6:30 to 5:00 and Saturdays from 6:30 to noon. Yard debris is then ground, mixed with coarse-grained sand, and allowed to naturally decompose. The end result is a rich compost that is used to offset the use of imported topsoils.

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