Brunswick County Solid Waste & Recycling
and
Keep Brunswick County Beautiful
Brunswick County Solid Waste & Recycling and Keep Brunswick County Beautiful would like to thank everyone for their support and interest in our e-newsletter.  We hope that you find it informative and will continue to support us in our efforts to keep our community clean.
    2015 International Coastal 
Cleanup Results
 
In partnership with volunteer organizations and individuals  around the globe, the Ocean  Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup  engages people to remove trash from the  world's beaches and waterways, identify the  sources of debris and change the behaviors  that cause marine debris in the first place.
   
2015 International Coastal Cleanup Results
791,336 participants
18,062,911 pounds collected
25,188.6 miles covered
13,806,887 items collected
 
Some items collected include cigarette butts, plastic bottles, food wrappers, bottle caps, straws/stirrers, and plastic bags.  
If you are interested in participating in the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup, you can contact the Brunswick County Solid Waste Department at (910) 253-2520.
20 15 America Recycles Day Results
   
America Recycles Day (ARD), a Keep America Beautiful national initiative, is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. More than a day, ARD is an opportunity to inform and inspire family, friends, neighbors, classmates and colleagues across the country to recycle more and recycle right 365 days a year! The 2015 theme of Bathroom, Bags, and Gadgets brought attention to recyclables that may otherwise get tossed out with the garbage.
  
2015 America Recycles Day Results
1,500,000 participants
1,200 event organizers
1,500 registered events
250,000 volunteer hours
225,000 Pledge to Recycle More (Since 2011)
7,000,000 pounds of recyclables collected
 
If you haven't taken the "PLEDGE TO RECYCLE MORE", you can do so by clicking below.

2016 Community Appearance Litter Index
 
Brunswick County Solid Waste & Recycling and Keep Brunswick County Beautiful completed our 2016 Community Appearance Litter index on June 15th.  We divided the county into five sections, then completed a windshield litter assessment of 10 to 12 roads from each section.  The roads were scored on a scale from 1 to 4, 4 being the most littered.  An average of each section was recorded and the overall index score for 2016 was 1.52.  
2016 Mosquito Season

If you're like me, you'll be spending a lot of time outdoors this summer.  Whatever your activities are, you're going to want to prepare yourself ahead of time for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes most commonly feed at dusk and dawn, in shady areas, or when the weather is cloudy.  We suggest wearing long sleeve shirts and pants when planning to be outside, especially during those times and conditions.  
While there is no way to rid us of these pests, there are a few steps we can take to reduce the number of mosquitoes around us. We know that mosquitoes require standing water to breed so here are some measures that can be taken to help reduce the amount of mosquito larva:
  • Gutters - make sure your gutters are clear of any debris and are draining properly.
  • Tires - tires can be disposed of for free at select locations (see our website).
  • Pools and ponds - keep up the maintenance on any water shed.
  • Boats and canoes  - turn boats and canoes upside down when not in use.
  • Plant pots and drainage dishes - empty draining dish after watering.
  • Bird baths - change water frequently.
  • Outdoor faucets - repair leaks.
  • Pet dishes - change water frequently.
  • Outdoor trash cans - tip cans to empty after rainfall.
  • Tree holes - plug any tree holes.
While this will not eliminate mosquitoes from our yards and parks, it will help reduce the population.  
To see contact information for a municipal mosquito control program in your area,  click here  or contact the Brunswick County Mosquito Department at (910) 253-1515.
The Zika Virus

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that is currently causing an outbreak in Brazil, including reports of pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects.  To date, only travel-associated cases have been identified in the United States.
There has been NO locally acquired Zika virus cases reported in North Carolina.

The primary vector for Zika virus is the container mosquito Aedes aegypti.  The current distribution for this mosquito species in North America is Florida through the Texas panhandle.  The last time Aedes aegypti was collected in Brunswick County was in 1992.

For more information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention about the Zika virus and protecting yourself from mosquitoes, click here.
2016 Solid Waste
Spring  Free Dump Week
  
Each spring and fall, Brunswick County offers a Free Dump Week to all county residents and property owners. The event takes place on the week prior to the third Saturday in April and September. The event has always been successful and this year's spring event was no exception. We had a grand total of 5,158 residents from all over the county take advantage of the event. We are so thankful for all of the residents that came out and participated in cleaning up our county. We would also like to thank our Solid Waste Team for all their hard week leading up to, during, and after Free Dump Week. Although the event lasted six days straight, with a continuous line of customers, the Solid Waste Team pulled off another successful event!
   
For future events, please visit  Brunswick County Solid Waste.
2016 Solid Waste
Spring Household Hazardous
 
 
Waste Collection
 
On the third Saturday of April and September, the county offers a collection of household hazardous waste.  On April 16th, we collected over 13,000 pounds of household hazardous waste from over 119 residents.  The data collected from the event was compiled and reported to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services was also on site and collected 1,059 pounds of pesticides from our residents and local farmers.  
 
For future events, please visit  Brunswick County Solid Waste.
Volunteers Needed

Have you ever wondered how you could make a difference in your community?  Do you want to help, but just don't know how?  Click the "I want to be a volunteer" tab below and tell us about yourself, we would appreciate your help!

Recycle for free at the Brunswick County Landfill:
  Electronics
Fluorescent Bulbs & CFL's
Scrap Metal
Appliances
Propane Tanks
Oyster Shells
Tires (limit 5 per resident)
Used Cooking Oil
Latex Paint & Cans
Textiles
Corrugated Cardboard
Commingled Recycling
Non-Rechargeable and Rechargeable Batteries
Used Oil, Oil Filters, Antifreeze & Fuel
Cell Phones
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