Solid Waste Trash and Recycling Sticker Information

Why are there two different solid waste stickers types and how is it determined which solid waste sticker I should receive?

The two solid waste sticker types include a Full Use Sticker and a Recycle Only Sticker. The type sticker you receive is based on the Solid waste Fee you paid with your tax bill. If your tax bill Solid Waste fee is coded Reduced, you paid an annual fee of $110.00 which allows recycling only. (Reduced code is listed on your tax bill because the tax office received a statement from private trash hauler indicating you were a customer receiving such a service). If your tax bill Solid Waste Fee is coded Full Use, you paid an annual fee of $220.00 which allows trash and recycling use of the convenience sites.


What is the difference between the two solid waste stickers?

The Full Use sticker allows disposal of household trash and recyclable materials at all the convenience sites. Limited quantities of construction debris, large household items under 200 lb. a day may be disposed of at the Burgaw, Rocky Point and Willard sites with the exception that loads of the materials exceeding 200 lb. must be disposed of at the Transfer Station Scale House in Hampstead and a fee imposed according to the current tonnage rate fee.

The Recycle Only Sticker only allows disposal of comingled recyclable materials at the convenience sites. All other materials must be disposed of at the Transfer Station Scale House and a fee imposed according to the current tonnage rate fee.

How do I change the solid waste sticker I received?

If you received a FULL USE sticker and would like a RECYCLE ONLY sticker you need to show proof via current private hauler invoice, exchange your full use stickers for recycling only and notify the tax office to change your solid waste fee code. A refund will be provided within 60 days.

If you received a RECYCLE ONLY sticker and would like a Full USE, you must pay the difference in cost and notify the tax office to change your solid waste fee code.

Where can I obtain and pay for the solid waste stickers?

Solid waste stickers can be obtained in business hours from Hampstead Annex (910) 270-6704, Transfer Station Scale House (910)270-5011 and Burgaw Utilities Office (910)259-1570 with VISA/MASTER CARD, check or money order.


Who receives solid waste stickers and when are they issued?

One set containing two solid waste stickers are issued for two years according the tax rolls payment on both property and personal property taxes. (Personal property is listed if it is a habitable structure with an electric meter.) Only county residents in the unincorporated areas of the county receive solid waste stickers which are issued every two years.


How do I obtain additional solid waste stickers?

A maximum of four stickers will be issued to the listed taxpayer. Additional solid waste stickers can be obtained at a rate of $15.00 per sticker.


I just moved here. How do I get some solid waste stickers?

You must provide proof of county residency and pay pro-rated amount of solid waste fee type requested based on the annual lapsed time.


What if I have a business in the County?

Business and commercial uses are not entitled to the solid waste stickers and must employ a private hauler for their trash and recyclable materials. Non-recyclable materials, excluding trash and recyclable materials, can be taken to the Transfer Station Scale House and a fee imposed according to the current tonnage rate fee.

Recycling Tires

Pender County Residents can recycle 5 tires per day (no rims) at Hampstead Transfer Station Scale House, Rocky Point, Burgaw, White Stocking and Willard Trash&Recycling Convenience Centers.


Composting at Home

Composting helps keep organic matter out of landfills (which reduces greenhouse gas emissions), saves money by reducing the need for fertilizer, water and garden supplies, and helps to limit pollutants contributed to the environment. Composting organic wastes at home or through a commercial composting facility (leaves, yard trimmings, food scraps, etc.) can reduce the waste annually disposed in landfills by 20%.

Reduce Your Single-Use

Almost 10 million plastic bags are used worldwide per minute! If tied together, they’d go around the world seven times every hour! They may take up to 1,000 years to decompose. Say no to that plastic bag. Bring your own!

Plastic water bottles are one of the 10 most common items found littering beaches. Plastic waste kills as many as 1 million sea birds and 100,000 sea mammals a year. Say no to that single-use water bottle, and bring your own reusable one!

Your disposable coffee cup is NOT recyclable. Think how many get thrown away every day. The solution: reject that single-use cup! Bring your own mug wherever you go.

Single-use plastics (including utensils) are among the top 10 items collected on beaches during coastal cleanups. Bring your own spork, straw and napkin wherever you go to save our sea life and our beaches!

Packaging and containers make up almost 1/4 of the waste stream in the United States, which is about 39 million tons per year. Put a dent in that number by bringing your own takeout and food storage containers!




Please stop by  local business at Hwy 17 and Hwy 210 West for Oyster shells recycling trailer outside. For more information please call  (910)270 6704 Hampstead Annex.


Oysters are valuable and important to North Carolina for many reasons. However, the oyster population is now a remnant of what it once was. Efforts have been in place for several decades to build back and enhance the oyster population for the variety of benefits they provide. This has been a collaborative effort undertaken by a diverse group of partners that includes: the state, non profits, oyster growers and harvesters, universities, legislators and other concerned oyster enthusiasts. This group is known as the N.C. Oyster Steering Committee and has been guided by a strategic plan called the N.C. Oyster Blueprint (for more information on these efforts visit

Yard vegetation and Special waste


State law prohibits the disposal of yard waste and vegetative debris in sanitary landfills.

Alternative Disposal Options: backyard composting, controlled burning, or contract with a private hauler.



Some types of wastes cannot be disposed of at the Convenience Centers, or can only be disposed of in limited quantities. Disposal arrangement for large quantities of waste can be made with the Sampson County Landfill (910.525.4132).


While you are out and about at our beautiful beach, please remember the Clean Swell app.

Anywhere you find litter and dispose of it in the correct way, you can be enter it  this app, to provide researchers and policy makers the information that they need to provide solutions to the issues on litter.

The data is collected globally by the Ocean Conservancy.

The app allows you to:  Track the total distance cleaned.

  • Record the trash you collect.
  • Keep a record of your efforts.
  • Share your results with friends via Facebook, Twitter, and email
  • Help identify trends that are useful in finding solutions.
  • Learn scientific facts about the impact of trash on ocean animals and what you can do to help. For more information on the program, visit the Ocean Conservancy

Recycle Right NC

Last fall Pender County Solid Waste joined the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality and NC communities and to spread a statewide Recycle Right NC message about what belongs in the trash and what items to recycle correctly.


This campaign gave us a great opportunity to engage our residents and educate them about recycling.

We found that there was a great deal of confusion about what belongs in the bin and a lack of confidence. Confused residents often try to do the right thing by placing as much as they can in the recycling bin.

But that kind of wishful recycling hinders recycling efforts increases the cost of sorting and degrades the materials that are truly recyclable.


Cardboard, paper, plastic bottles, metal cans, glass bottles, plastic jars, tubs, jugs and jars are recyclable.

Christmas tree disposal available

BURGAW – The Pender County residents may dispose of their Christmas trees at the Rocky Point and Hampstead Convenience Centers for 3 weeks following Christmas.

We will accept Christmas trees through January 16.

Christmas lights and ornaments should be removed from the trees prior to disposal.

The Rocky Point Convenience Center is located at 16232 NC Hwy 210. The center is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Closed Sundays and Wednesdays.

The Hampstead Convenience Center is open Mondays through Saturdays 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sundays 1 – 7 p.m. The Hampstead center is located at 250 Transfer Station Rd.

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