Solid Waste & Recycling
Keep Brunswick County Beautiful
Each year, the NC Department Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service (DEACS) collects data from local governments to assess the county's public recycling efforts. The data is used to determine a per capita recycling rate for each county. DEACS recently released the rankings for fiscal year 2019-20 and Brunswick County definitely shined. The per capita rankings are broke up into two categories. Common household recyclables include the recovery of household recyclables such as cans, bottles, paper and cardboard. The second category is total public recycling which includes all materials recycled such as cans, bottles, paper, cardboard, concrete, shingles, electronics, used motor oil, antifreeze, gas, cooking oil, textiles, appliances, fluorescent bulbs and hazardous waste. Brunswick County ranked 7th for the first category and FIRST in total public recycling. This impressive ranking is due to our many programs as well as the participation of county residents.
Keep America Beautiful conducted a national litter study in 2020. The study examined the scope, scale, characteristics, trends and solutions of litter. Some of the key findings from the study are below:

  • Nearly 50 billion pieces of litter along U.S. roadways and waterways.
  • Slightly more litter along waterways than roadways.
  • 152 items for each U.S. resident.
  • More than 2,000 pieces of litter per mile (both roadways and waterways).
  • 90% of people surveyed believe litter is a problem in their state.
  • 6 billion pieces more than 4 inches in size.
  • Most littered item remains cigarette butts, but this litter is down almost 70%.
  • 207.1M PPE items littered.

To view the entire study, please visit the KAB website.
There is now a new way to report drivers when you witness littering. The NC Department of Transportation has created an app that will make it easier for you to report. The Swat-A-Litterbug program has already been active for over 30 years so this is just an enhancement to that program. You can access the app by visiting and you receive a pop-up with instructions on how to add a shortcut to your phone's home screen. Not only will the driver receive a formal notification from the NC State Highway Patrol making them aware of the offense but the data collected is important when litter programs request funding for litter cleanups.
Brunswick County residents and property owners can dispose of the following year round.
Brunswick County Landfill
Electronics, fluorescent bulbs & CFL's, single stream recycling, scrap metal, appliances, oyster shells, tires (limit 5 per resident), used cooking oil, latex paint & cans, textiles, corrugated cardboard, household & automotive batteries, used oil, oil filters, antifreeze, fuel, smoke detectors and cellphones.

Household Hazardous Waste
Third Thursday of each month from 9am-12pm
(excluding holidays and inclement weather)

Convenient Sites
Electronics, fluorescent bulbs (4 foot or smaller) & CFL's, single stream recycling, corrugated cardboard, scrap metal, household batteries, appliances, oyster shells (all locations except Leland), tires (Southport and Leland only, limit 5 per resident), used cooking oil, smoke detectors, textiles and cellphones.

County Parks
Single-stream recycling and textiles.
For location and hours, please visit the Brunswick County Solid Waste & Recycling website.