SOLID WASTE & RECYCLING
KEEP BRUNSWICK COUNTY BEAUTIFUL
MARINE DEBRIS: A GROWING PROBLEM
Marine debris has become a real issue for our Mother Earth. Marine debris is any solid waste that is directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of into the marine environment. Some debris can float or gets blown around and others can be heavy which causes it to sink underwater. The sources of marine debris are from the ocean and on land. Rainwater can move litter from streets and parking lots into storm drains that empty into streams, rivers, and other bodies of water. Proper collection, handling, and disposal of trash, as well as reduction in consumption and packaging can help reduce the marine debris that makes it in our seas.
The main sources of marine debris include:
- Litter from people living inland
- Storm sewers and combined sewer overflow
- Commercial and recreational vessels
- Industrial facilities
- Waste disposal activities
- Offshore oil and gas platforms
Marine debris can only be managed by changing the behavior that causes it to enter the environment. Proper disposal is the responsibility of every single one of us.
INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP
In a partnership with volunteer organizations and individuals from around the world, the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup engages people to cleanup trash from the our beaches and waterways, identify the sources of debris and change the behaviors that cause the trash
in the first place.
- 504,583 participants
- 18,399,900 pounds collected
- 14,997 miles covered
- 13,840,398 items collected
If you are interested in participating in the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup, you can contact the Brunswick County Solid Waste Department at (910) 253-2520 or visit the
International Coastal Cleanup
AMERICA RECYCLES DAY
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 national recycling rate has increased over the past 30 years and is currently 34%.
- 1,900,000 participants
- 1,400 registered events
- 225,000 Pledge to Recycle More (Since 2011)
- 61,300,000 pounds of recyclables collected
If you haven't taken the "PLEDGE TO RECYCLE MORE", you can do so by clicking below.
OPT OUT OF PHONE BOOK DELIVERY
Did you know that you can now opt out of receiving a phone directory each year? If you are like most Americans, you turn to your online search engine rather than a printed phone directory when you're in need of a phone number. Yet, year after year, these directories are delivered to every home. They are not only a nuisance for some but also a waste. Each year, an estimated 4.68 million trees worth of wood fiber is used, that's equivalent to 14 football fields worth of forest per day. Although these directories are recyclable, a lot of Americans don't realize they are and the unwanted ones are disposed of in the trash.
By opting out of receiving a phone directory, communities can reduce its environmental footprint. In fact, for every 100 unwanted phone directories printed and distributed reduces greenhouse gas emissions that equal to nearly 2,000 miles driven by a passenger vehicle.
(Brunswick County residents and property owners can dispose of the following year around.)
BRUNSWICK COUNTY LANDFILL
luorescent bulbs & CFL's, s
crap metal, a
ropane tanks, o
yster shells, t
ires (limit 5 per resident), u
sed cooking oil, l
atex paint & cans, t
orrugated cardboard, c
ommingled recycling, n
on-rechargeable and rechargeable batteries, u
sed oil, oil filters, antifreeze & fuel and c
Fluorescent bulbs & CFL's, single-stream recycling, corrugated cardboard, scrap metal, appliances, oyster shells (all locations except Leland), tires (limit 5 per resident), used cooking oil and textiles.
recycling and corrugated cardboard only.