Brunswick County Solid Waste & Recycling
and
Keep Brunswick County Beautiful
Make Your Christmas Green
   
Brunswick County Solid W aste & Recycling and Keep Brunswick County Beautiful urges everyone to plan family holiday celebrations that are safe, happy and environmentally friendly.   Please consider the following waste reduction tips:
  • 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 other packaging materials.
  • Use reusable grocery bags and make sure to recycle the non-reusable ones.
  • Use rechargeable batteries for camera, flashlights, etc.
  • If you have several events or parties in a short amount of time, buy food items in bulk.  You will save a trip to the grocery and use less packaging.  Instead of buying new items (i.e., a dress for a party, more chairs, etc.) consider borrowing or renting things. 
  • Shop at thrift stores for unique gift items or holiday decorations. 
  • Compost your leftover food - it's easy and a great fertilizer.  Find more information about composting, click here.
  • Save all gift-wrapping and decorations to reuse later or wrap gifts in old maps, posters, sheet music, fabric or wallpaper scraps.
  • Have clearly marked recycling containers at your holiday party.
  • Cook holiday meals in recyclable and recycled content pans such as aluminum.
  • When cooking, use your microwave oven as much as possible or plan your oven baking to avoid continuously reheating the oven.
  • If a tree is part of your celebration, buy one that can be replanted in your yard.  If you cannot replant your tree, compost it after the holidays.
  • If your holiday gifts include new electronic gadgets and you need to discard your older electronics, recycle them instead of throwing them away.
  • Give home-baked goodies in reusable containers like baskets, tins or jars. 
  • Make a charitable donation in the recipient's name or give a membership to a museum, environmental or other nonprofit organization.
  • When gift giving think durable.  Consider how long the item will last before you make a purchase.
  • Make sure to turn off or unplug holiday decorations when they are not in use.
  • Be sure holiday decorations are not placed on or obstructing air vents. 
  • Use LED holiday lights.  They use about 99 percent less energy than larger, traditional holiday bulbs and last up to 100,000 hours when used indoors.
  • 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.
  • Run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher.
  • 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. Let pots and pans soak instead of letting the water run while you clean them.
  • Minimize the number of dishes used at holiday parties.

For additional environmentally friendly holiday tips, please visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency website.

Plastic Bag and Film Recycling
   
Did you know your plastic bags and other plastic wraps are NOT allowed in your curbside recycling bin?  These materials can cause problems at the material recovery facilities by getting caught in the conveyor belts that are used for sorting.  This causes the facilities to shut down losing time and money.  

Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP) is a national education campaign that includes public/private partnerships that includes the American Chemistry Council's Flexible Film Recycling Group, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, the Association of Plastic Recyclers, among others.   The Brunswick County Solid Waste & Recycling Department/Keep Brunswick County Beautiful would like to ask all residents to dispose of these materials properly by dropping them off at one of the several retailers that participate in the program.  To find a retailer near you, click hereUpon entering the store, there will be a bin marked plastic or plastic bags.  These bins aren't just for plastic bags!  You can dispose of any plastic film here.  Below is a list of items that are a ccepted if clean and dry:
  • Zip close food storage bags.
  • Furniture and electronic wrap.
  • Plastic cereal box liners.
  • Plastic shipping envelopes, bubble wrap and air pillows.
  • Product wrap used on paper towels, toilet paper, water bottles, etc.
  • Dry cleaning, newspaper, bread, produce and also other plastic bags labeled #2 and #4.
Artwork designed by local artist, framed artwork was presented to Inlet View Bar & Grill so they could hang it in their waiting area.
Ocean Friendly Establishment 
   
Keep Brunswick County Beautiful has recently partnered with Plastic Ocean Project, Inc. and Surfrider Foundation, Cape Fear Chapter, in recognizing "Ocean Friendly Establishments" in Brunswick County. These establishments train waitstaff to only give straws upon request.  I'm sure you're asking yourself how skipping a straw could help the environment so below are a few reasons that you should skip the straw?
  • We use an average of 500,000 MILLION straws per year.  Most of which are often disposed of within minutes heading out to landfills or eventually making their way to the ocean.  
  • Most straws contain BPA, a plastic additive known for its harmful effects on the body.
  • The Ocean Conservancy that leads the International Coastal Cleanup each year labeled straw as 7 out of the 10 most common items found on beaches around the world.
  • Plastic straws persist in the environment for years, only breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces.
  • Straws are ingested by sea creatures (dolphins, sea turtles, shore birds, and the fish that we eat).
KBCB  recently signed our first Ocean Friendly Establishment agreement with Inlet View Bar & Grill located in Shallotte, NC.  There has also been two other restaurants sign up to include Shagger Jacks on Oak Island and Mojo's on the Harbor on Bald Head Island.   If you would like to or know someone that would like to participate in the Skip the Straw campaign, please contact Keep Brunswick County Beautiful at (910)253-2524 or  email .
Christmas Tree Recycling
   
 
The Brunswick County Landfill will be accepting Christmas trees for recycling from county residents and property owners at NO CHARGE between December 31, 2016 and January 30, 2017. Christmas trees will also be accepted at the convenient sites for $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 hours are 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 computers (equipped with Windows XP or later), flat screen monitors (working), mice and keyboards, and power cords.  They wipe all hard drives, repair the computers, install new software and give them to students throughout Brunswick County. 

BC Computers for Kids is located in building F at the Government Complex in Bolivia. They are typically on site Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am until 3pm. For more information you can visit their website or you can contact them via email.
 
"Working with KBCB and the Community Gardens has been some of the most rewarding work I have done in Brunswick County," said Michelle.
Farewell Michelle!!
  
Keep Brunswick County Beautiful would like to wish a fond farewell to one of our board members. Michelle Cousineau has been an active board member of KBCB for two years. As a Program Assistant for the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension, she brought plenty of knowledge as she served as Chairperson of the Steering Committee for the Caswell Avenue Community Garden for three years followed by Chairperson for the City of Southport Community Garden for the past seven months. 

Michelle has been a valuable asset to Brunswick County and to KBCB and will be missed by many. 
Christmas Schedule
Solid Waste & Recycling Office
Closed Friday, December 23 through Tuesday, December 27 and will reopen on Wednesday, December 28.
Landfill
Closed Saturday, December 24 through Monday, December 26 and will reopen on Tuesday, December 27.
Convenient Sites
Closed Saturday, December 24 through Monday, December 26 and will reopen on Wednesday, December 28.
Curbside Trash & Recycling Collections
Operating a regular schedule.  

New Year's Schedule
Solid Waste & Recycling Office
Closed Monday, January 2 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3.
Landfill
Operating a regular schedule.
Convenient Sites
Closed Monday, January 2 and will reopen Wednesday, January 4.
Curbside Trash & Recycling Collections
Operating a regular schedule.
Recycle Free at the Brunswick County Landfill
Electronics & Computer Equipment
Fluorescent Bulbs & CFL's
Thermostats
Scrap Metal
Appliances
Propane Tanks
Oyster Shells
Tires (limit 5 per resident)
Used Cooking Oil
Used Oil, Oil Filters, Antifreeze & Fuel
Latex Paint & Cans
Textiles
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