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 Great American Cleanup
As previously reported, Brunswick County Solid Waste & Recycling and Keep Brunswick County Beautiful completed our 2015 Community Appearance Litter Index this summer.  We split the county into five sections, then completed a windshield litter assessment of ten roads from each section.  The roads were scored on a scale from 1 to 4, 4 being the most littered.

After completing the assessment, Benton Road in Bolivia was selected to be part of the Great American Cleanup.  With the help of the Brunswick Community College Athletic Department, 180 pounds of trash and 4 large bags of recyclables were collected in about 2 hours. 
 
Green Is The New Black!

Did you know that Americans throw away 25% more garbage per household during the holidays?  From the feast we cook, the gifts and decorations, to traveling we tend to consume more resources and generate more waste than any other time of the year. 

If every American family wrapped just 3 presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.  The 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year could fill a football field 10 stories high. If we all sent one card less, we'd save 50,000 cubic yards of paper.

Here are several ways that you can make this holiday season the GREENEST yet:

*   Send holiday e-cards instead of paper greeting cards or make sure the ones you buy have recycled content material.
*   When shipping, reuse foam peanuts or drop them off at your local delivery store.
*   Use reusable grocery and shopping bags and make sure to recycle the non-reusable ones at your local grocery store.
*   Eliminate using disposable plates, cups, napkins, and silverware. If you do buy disposable products look for ones with recycled content.
*   Compost your left over food- it's easy and a great fertilizer!  Find out more information about compost here at  Composting 101.
*   Save all gift-wrapping and decorations to reuse later or wrap gifts in old maps, posters, sheet music, fabric scraps or wallpaper scraps.
*   Have clearly marked recycling containers at your holiday party.
*   Cook holiday meals in recyclable and recycled content pans such as aluminum.
*   If your holiday gifts include new electronic gadgets and you need to discard your older electronics, you can recycle them at the Brunswick County Landfill year around at no charge.
*   Recycle or properly dispose of all cooking grease at the Brunswick County Landfill.
*   Make sure to turn off or unplug holiday decorations when they are not in use.  Timers work perfect for this.
*   Be sure holiday decorations are not placed on or obstructing air vents.
*   When cooking, use your microwave oven as much as possible or plan your oven baking to avoid continuously  reheating the oven.
*   Use LED holiday lights. They use about 99 percent less energy than traditional holiday bulbs and last up to 100,000 hours when used indoors.  Plus, if one bulb goes out, the rest of the string still works!!
*   Reduce your light display by one or two strands. You may not even notice the subtle change.
*   Defrost frozen items in the refrigerator, not under running water.
*   When washing dishes keep washing soap usage to a minimum. It helps reduce the amount of rinse water needed.
*   Don't run the kitchen faucet continuously while washing dishes, wash them all then rinse them all at once.
*   Let pots and pans soak instead of letting the water run while you clean them.
*   Remember t o recycle your Christmas tree, the Brunswick County Landfill will be accepting them between 12/26/2014 and 1/31/2015, free of charge from all county residents and property owners.
 
Finally, as the holidays come to a close, have everyone go through their old items and recycle or donate any unwanted items to a local charity. 
 
Christmas Tree Recycling

As usual, the Brunswick County Landfill will be accepting Christmas trees for recycling from county residents and property owners at NO CHARGE between December 31, 2015 and January 30, 2016. Christmas trees may also be taken to the convenience sites for recycling for a fee of $5.00 per tree.

For more information, please contact the Brunswick County Solid Waste Department at (910) 253-2520 or the Brunswick County Landfill at (910) 253-8101.  The landfill hours are Monday through Saturday from 8am until 4pm.  The convenience sites are open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8am until 6pm.

Computers For Kids

Are you getting a new desktop or laptop computer this Christmas?  Did you know that instead of trashing your old ones, you can donate them to Brunswick County's Computers for Kids program?  

Computers for Kids accepts old and slightly broken computers (equipped with Windows XP or later), flat screen monitors (working), mice and keyboards, and power cords.  They repair the computers and donate them to needy families throughout Brunswick County. 

BC Computers for Kids is located in building I at the Government Complex in Bolivia. They
are typically on site Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am until 3pm. Their website is
www.bccomputersforkids.com or you may email Bruce Maxwell at bmaxwell@ec.rr.com for more information.

Fall Festivals

We were happy to participate in the fun festivals that our communities had to offer this year and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.  

Oak Island's Earth Day Festival
Leland's Founders' Day
Sunset at Sunset 
Festival by the Sea 
NC Oyster Festival 
Brunswick County's Fall Festival
America Recycles Day Shred Event
Shallotte's Christmas Parade

Brunswick County Solid Waste Holiday Schedule

Solid Waste Office - closed Thursday, December 24 through Monday, December 28. The office will reopen on Tuesday, December 29.  Closed Friday, January 1.

Landfill - closed Thursday, December 24 through Saturday, December 26. The landfill will reopen on Monday, December 28.

Convenient Centers - closed Friday, December 25 & Saturday, December 26.

Curbside Garbage and Recycling Collection - Friday, December 25 collections will be rescheduled to Saturday, December 26.

Senior Project Appreciation 
Tucker McGeoy, Jr.

I would like to thank Micki Bozeman and the Keep Brunswick County Beautiful Board for supporting me while I completed my senior project on recycling here in the county.  I learned a great deal and enjoyed volunteering and serving the public with you.  It was an opportunity I was grateful to have. Hopefully my efforts were useful to you as well.

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!
 
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

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