BRUNSWICK COUNTY
SOLID WASTE & RECYCLING
KEEP BRUNSWICK COUNTY BEAUTIFUL
Christmas Schedule
Brunswick County Offices
Closed Tuesday, December 24th through Thursday, December 26th and will reopen on Friday, December 27th.
Landfill
Closed Tuesday, December 24th through Thursday, December 26th and will reopen on Friday, December 27th.
Convenient Sites
Closed Wednesday, December 25th and will reopen on Friday, December 27th.
Curbside Garbage and Recycling Collection
Collections scheduled for Wednesday, December 25th will be collected on Saturday, December 28th.

New Year's Schedule
Brunswick County Offices
Closed Wednesday, January 1st and will reopen on Thursday, January 2nd.
Landfill
Closed Wednesday, January 1st and will reopen on Thursday, January 2nd.
Convenient Sites
Closed Wednesday, January 1st and will reopen on Friday, January 3rd.
Curbside Garbage and Recycling Collection
Operating a regular schedule.
Recycle Right NC
This fall, Brunswick County Solid Waste joined more than 215 communities and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality to spread a statewide Recycle Right NC message about recycling correctly and reducing the amount of non-recyclables, or contaminants, in the recycling bin. Only paper, cardboard, metal cans, glass bottles and jars, and plastic bottles, tubs, jugs and jars are recyclable. Everything else belongs in the trash.

This campaign gave us a great opportunity to engage with residents. We found that there was a great deal of confusion about what belongs in the bin and a lack of confidence in the system. As an industry, we did a great job making recycling easy and convenient but we haven’t always been clear about what goes in the bin and what stays out. Confused residents often try to do the right thing by placing as much as they can in the recycling bin. We now know that this kind of wishful recycling hinders recycling efforts, increases the cost of sorting and degrades the materials that are truly recyclable.

Residents have been surprised to hear that they cannot recycle shredded paper with other mixed recyclables. Shredded paper is too small to be sorted by recycling equipment and acts like confetti at the recycling facility, often sticking to other materials or falling to the floor.

Another surprise has been the instruction to trash all single-use drink cups such as paper coffee cups and plastic or styrofoam fast food cups. Single-use cups don’t hold their shape to be appropriately sorted and are often made from multi-layered materials that cannot be recycled.

When it comes to recycling plastics, it’s important to focus on shape instead of checking for a recycling symbol with a number inside. The triangle of arrows numbered 1 through 7 is a resin identification code that indicates what type of plastic a material is made from but does not mean an item is recyclable. Plastic bottles, tubs, jugs and jars are the shapes that can be recycled.

While these guidelines may seem like new information, the rules have not changed. Recycling programs across the state and nation are simply refocusing on these rules to make them better understood. The most effective way to reduce contamination is to avoid it at the source by giving residents clear information to be good first sorters.

Through the social media element of the Recycle Right NC campaign, posts reached an average of 90,000 users per week. We were surprised to see the level of engagement on social media. It has been a great way to answer questions in real time. We hope the Recycle Right NC campaign has reinvigorated the public’s interest in recycling and given them confidence that recycling simply needs a reset. 

For more information, visit the Brunswick County Solid Waste & Recycling website.
Christmas Tree and Light Recycling
The Brunswick County Landfill will be accepting live Christmas trees for recycling from county residents and property owners at NO CHARGE  between December 26, 2019 and January 31, 2020. During this time, Christmas trees will also be accepted at the convenient sites for $5.00 per tree.  

Christmas string lights and cords are accepted all year at the sites at no charge as part of the electronics recycling program.

The landfill hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 am until 5 pm and Saturday from 7:30 am until 3 pm. The convenience sites hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8 am until 6 pm.

For a complete list of recycling programs, see below.
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 .
Farewell Friends
E. Gifford Stack
Secretary
Caswell Beach
Gere Dale
Board Member
Carolina Shores
Ed Gutknecht
Cigarette Litter Prevention Program
Ocean Isle Beach
There are so many good things that we could say about these three gentlemen. Their experience and knowledge on environmental issues made them a perfect fit for KBCB.

E.Gifford Stack has served as Secretary to the board for the last six years and has done an outstanding job. Gere Dale has worked very hard over the years to make sure that Carolina Shores residents stayed informed and always kept us on our toes with his wit and spunk. Edward Gutknecht led the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program to ensure that cigarette butts stayed clear from the Brunswick County beaches.

Sadly, they have all chosen to retire from the board so that they can focus on other activities. We would like to thank them all for serving Brunswick County and we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.
Ocean Friendly Establishments
Keep Brunswick County Beautiful, Plastic Ocean Project, and the NC Aquarium recognizes local restaurants and businesses as Ocean Friendly Establishments. Below is a list of businesses that have made the decision to implement various waste reduction activities into their systems.

Shagger Jacks  (Oak Island),   Mojos on the Harbor  (Bald Head Island),   Inlet View Bar & Grill   (Shallotte),   George's Pancake House  (Calabash),   Cafe Koa  (Southport) Dry Street Pub & Pizza   (Southport),   Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar   (Leland),   Pepperoni Grill   (Oak Island),   Pepperoni Grill   (Boiling Spring Lakes),   Swain Seafood Shack  (Oak Island) Kai Joe's Tacos   (Oak Island),   Mr. P's Bistro  (Southport),   Fibber McGees   (Sunset Beach),   Captain Nance's Seafood   (Calabash),  Blue Cow Grill   (Southport),   StrEAt Side Take Out   (Southport),  Fish House Restaurant   (Oak Island),   Moore Street Marke t (Southport),   Christophers Steakhouse and Seafood   (Leland),  Tommy Thompsons   (St. James),  The Players Club   (St. James),   The Members Club   (St. James),  The Founders Club   (St. James),  The SeaSide Club   (St. James),  The Reserve Club   (St. James), 401 Main (Carrboro), Seven Mile Post (Wilmington).

Anyone interested in becoming an Ocean Friendly Establishment, please contact us by clicking   here .
Recycling Programs
Brunswick County residents and property owners can dispose of the following year around.
Brunswick County Landfill
Electronics, fluorescent bulbs & CFL's, single stream recycling , scrap metal, appliances, propane tanks, 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.

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 & Recycl ing   website .