Brunswick County Solid Waste & Recycling
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 Community Appearance Litter Index
Keep Brunswick County Beautiful and Brunswick County Solid Waste/Recycling conducted a Community Appearance Index on June 9th and July 14th, a tool designed by Keep America Beautiful to visually assess the overall appearance of communities through indicators such as litter, illegal signs, graffiti, abandoned/junk vehicles and outside storage.  The team conducted the visual analysis using a scoring system ranging from 1 through 4, with "1" being no litter to "4" being very littered.  The Litter Index result for Brunswick County was 1.88.
"The Community Appearance Index is designed to gather data annually and the results are used to develop a local plan to change attitudes and behaviors regarding litter and related community improvement issues.  The Index helps direct the local education and litter prevention, beautification, and waste reduction and recycling programs.  Keep America Beautiful uses the information to identify national trends regarding community improvement issues," states Keep America Beautiful President & CEO Matthew McKenna.
Single Stream Recycling
In Brunswick County, we use the single stream or fully commingled recycling  for our households and at our drop off centers. Single stream is a system where materials are collected in the same bin instead of being sorted.   Material Recovery Facilities or MRF's sort these materials for us.  This process has many benefits:  
  • By using one bin, it's easier to collect and more convenient for participants. This increases the number of participants, recycling tonnages, and waste diverted from landfills. The wheeled bins also increase collection efficiency and reduces injuries by eliminating heaving lifting for residents and workers.
  • Single-compartment trucks are cheaper to purchase than two-compartment trucks. The collection costs are reduced because the single-compartment trucks allow for larger loads and fewer trips to the MRF's. These trucks can also be used for garbage collection as well.

The materials that are accepted in single stream recycling are your basic recyclables. Paper, plastic, aluminum, steel, and glass. Sounds simple, right? Not exactly! There is so much confusion when it comes to single stream recycling. The material that causes the most confusion would be plastic recycling. Almost all plastics have a recycling symbol with a number on it. Some people think that this means that material is recyclable, but that is not the case. That symbol is known as a resin identification code. It simply represents the type of resin that was used to make that item, not whether it is recyclable or not. Learn more about resin identification codes here:

Below is a list of accepted and unaccepted materials for your household recycling and our drop off centers.
Accepted Materials
Plastic Bottles/Containers
Aluminum/Steel Cans
Newspaper/Mixed Paper/Paperboard
Magazines/Junk Mail/Phonebooks
Glass Bottles/Jars/Jugs
Unaccepted Materials
Plastic Grocery or Trash Bags
Hardback Books (You can tear the pages out for recycling)
Straws/Plates/Flatware/Drink Cups (This includes Solo cups)
Plastic Clamshell and Produce Boxes
If you have questions about items not listed here, please contact the Brunswick County Solid Waste & Recycling Department at (910) 253-2520 or visit our website at .
Contaminating The Bin
Contamination is a problem for recycling facilities everywhere.  It can be costly and time consuming but most of all it can be dangerous for the employees. 
Plastic bags, film, cords, and hoses are found to be the most problematic materials.  They get tangled in the equipment which causes the facility's entire system to be shut down.  The removal process of the contaminant takes place several times each day and can take hours to clean up, increasing the facilities cost.
In addition to the high cost, recycling facilities also deal with safety issues for their employees.  Some facilities have been shut down due to fires caused by contaminants such as batteries and propane tanks.  Some other dangerous contaminants that require professional clean up are hazardous or biological waste. These materials should not be placed in your recycling bin.

If you have questions on how to dispose of an item, you can contact the Brunswick County Solid Waste Department at (910) 253-2524 or visit our website at
News and Announcements
Brunswick County Solid Waste
Free Dump Week
Brunswick County will be hosting fall free dump week at the Brunswick County Landfill September 14th through September 19th, 2015.  Brunswick County residents/property owners may dispose of all materials except for regular household trash or new construction debris free of charge at the County Landfill. 
Please note that all convenient sites will maintain their regular tipping fees.  Anyone driving a commercial vehicle or hauling commercial debris will be charged regular tipping fees.  Proof of Brunswick County property ownership or residency is required and will be checked at the landfill entrance. 
Please take into consideration when loading your vehicle that metal, tires, electronics, latex paint, fluorescent bulbs and yard debris CANNOT be disposed of with regular household items. You may bring those items for disposal during free week but they must be placed in their designated area.
Brunswick County Landfill
172 Landfill Rd NE
Bolivia, NC 28422
  Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 8 am until 4 pm.   

Household Hazardous Waste

Collection & Clothing Drive


On Saturday, September 19th, 2015 from 9 am until 2 pm Brunswick County Solid Waste & Recycling, The Salvation Army, and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will be hosting a household hazardous waste collection & clothing drive at South Brunswick Middle School.  The event will be held in the bus parking lot and is free to county property owners, residents, and farmers only.  When you arrive at the event please have proof of Brunswick County property ownership or residency available.  While at the event we ask that all property owners and residents remain in their vehicle and please extinguish any and all smoking material while on school property.  All items brought to the event must be clearly labeled for identification purposes.  The staff onsite reserves the right to refuse any item brought to the event.
Items Accepted at HHW Event:
Oil-Based Paints
Household Cleaners
Pool Chemicals
Aerosol Cans

Please note that electronics, latex paints, fluorescent bulbs, batteries, and automotive fluids are not accepted at the HHW event.  However, these items are accepted, free of charge, at the Brunswick County Landfill year round.
The following materials cannot be accepted: ammunition, radioactive materials, smoke detectors, infectious or biological waste, explosives, shock sensitive materials (crystallized ethers, picric acids, etc.), and non-household materials.

For items not mentioned above please contact the Brunswick County Solid Waste/Recycling Department at (910)253-2520 or visit our website at

South Brunswick Middle School
100 Cougar Rd
Southport, NC 28461
  Hours of operation are September 19th, from 9am until 2pm.
A Special Thank You

A long-time board member of Keep Brunswick County Beautiful is leaving. Tena Trapp has been a valuable employee of Waste Industries for 29 years and has taken a well-deserved promotion at another location. She has been a dedicated board member of KBCB for the past five years and Treasurer for four of those years.  While we hate to see her leave, we are very happy for her and wish her nothing but the best.  

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 be low and tell us about yourself, we would appreciate your help!

Fall Festivals

What:    Leland's Founders' Day
When:   September 12, 2015 from 3pm until 9pm
Where:  Leland

What:    Sunset at Sunset
When:   October 3, 2015 from 10am until 5pm
Where:  Sunset Beach

 What:    NC Oyster Festival

When:    October 17th from 9am until 6pm

               October 18th from 10am until 5pm

Where:   Ocean Isle Beach

What:    NC Festival By The Sea
When:   October 24, 2015 from 9am until 5pm
              October 25, 2015 from 9am until 4pm
Where:  Holden Beach


What:     BCSO Fall Festival
When:    October 29, 2015 from 6pm until 9pm
Where:   Brunswick County Government Complex
Recycle for free at the Brunswick County Landfill:
Fluorescent Bulbs & CFL's
Scrap Metal
Propane Tanks
Oyster Shells
Tires (limit 5 per resident)
Used Cooking Oil
Latex Paint & Cans
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