Reporting an Illegal Dumper

If you see an illegal dumper in action, do not risk your personal safety by approaching them. Instead, contact the law enforcement officials at 910 259-1212. If you can do so without endangering yourself, please try to get the following information. ( pictures by cellphone)

  • Specific location
  • Time of day
  • License plate number (if applicable)
  • Color, make, model and/or name of business on vehicle

Cooking oil disposal

  • Let the oil cool completely, then pour it into a non-recyclable container with a lid, and throw it in the garbage. Common non-recyclable containers that work well include cardboard milk cartons and similar wax- or plastic-lined paper containers as well as takeout containers.
  • Pour completely cooled oil into a partially filled trash bag. If you use plastic kitchen trash bags, it’s usually fine to pour a moderate amount of oil into the trash already in the bag; paper towels, food scraps, and other absorbent material help contain the oil so you don’t have a pool of it waiting to break out of the bottom of the bag.
  • Freeze or refrigerate the oil first to harden it. Pour the oil in an old can and put it in the freezer. Throw away the oil when it’s solid enough to come out of the can in one piece. If you have no more than a cup of oil or grease, pour it into a coffee mug and set it in the fridge. When it solidifies, scoop it out and into the trash with a spoon, then wipe out the mug with a paper towel or used napkin before washing it.
  • Mix the oil with an absorbent material, such as cat litter, sand or sawdust, before throwing it away. Save old oil for the next time you empty the litter box, and dump the oil into the litter.
  • Consider getting a Fat Trapper system if you do a lot of frying. This is a plastic receptacle that holds foil-lined bags. Just pour the oil into the bag, and when it’s full, seal the bag and throw it in the garbage. Each bag holds 32 ounces of oil

Business must use private provider to dispose a cooking oil. please call 910 270-6704 for more information

County Offices Closed Monday! Trash and recycling Convenience Centers and Transfer Station open regular hours

Pender County offices will be closed Monday November 11th, 2019 in observance of the Veteran’s Day. The Trash&Recycling Convenience Centers and Transfer Station remain open on their regular schedule.

Solid Waste stickers are provided only with hard copy of tax bill showing the proper code for proof of payment. Without tax bill our personal can’t issue an updated sticker over the weekend and Holiday.

During normal office hours residents can pick up trash sticker at the Utilities office in Burgaw and Hampstead Annex building in Hampstead.

When in doubt, throw it out!

Anyone who sorts recycling will tell you —when in doubt, throw it out!

That to-go container covered in food doesn’t belong in your bin and contaminates other recyclables.

You are our first sorter, please recycle right!


Medication and syringes free disposal event!

FREE Medication Disposal Event!

Saturday October 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dispose of your outdated medications. All medications will be accepted. Syringes and other sharps accepted.

View the flyer for more information and drop-off locations.

Pesticide Recycling Event



 October 15th,2019     10am – 2pm

Driveway behind an Agriculture Building


 Please call 910 259-1235 for more details.

Paper- Recycle Right!

Most paper can be recycled, including boxes,bags, office paper, newspaper and magazines.

Paper smaller than a business card goes in the trash — so does wrapping paper or paper lined

with plastic/foil. Paper towels and tissues belong in the compost.

When in doubt, throw it out!

#RecycleRightNCPaper recycling


Recycle Right!

What kind of glass is recyclable? Bottles and jars.

However, drinking glasses, glass dishes and Pyrex are made

to withstand high temperatures and aren’t recyclable.

Neither are mirrors or window glass.

Take unbroken household glass items to a thrift store.

Most paper can be recycled, including boxes, bags, office paper,

newspaper and magazines. Paper smaller than a business card goes in the trash — so does wrapping paper or paper lined with plastic/foil. Paper towels and tissues belong

in the compost. When in doubt, throw it out!

#RecycleRightNCRecycle Right

Pender County asks residents to hold off recycling until next week

Due to the effects of Hurricane Dorian, Pender County officials are asking residents to hold of recycling until next week.

The storm caused “operational issues” at the recycling processing facility used by Pender County Solid Waste, according to a news release from the county. The impacts will affect recycling at Pender County’s convenience sites.

“Though we will have emptied the bins this week at most of our convenience centers, we will have limited capacity to hold recycling materials,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director. “We ask that the public hold on to their recyclables this week and wait until mid-week next week.”

Keel said residents who do not want to save their recyclables until next week, the items will be disposed with common waste.

“If there is no room in the recycling bins, customers can place their recyclables in the trash bins if they do not want to wait until next week,” said Keel.

Due to the driving wind and rain during Hurricane Dorian, rain and other materials entered the recycling bins. Wet paper and cardboard cannot be recycled. Those recyclables are considered “contaminated” and will be disposed of in the landfill, according to Keel.

“We apologize for the inconvenience,” said Keel. “We appreciate the patience of the public.”

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