Pender County convenience centers temporarily suspend acceptance of LP Gas Tanks

BURGAW – Due to changes in safety and recent changes in recycling guidelines, Pender County Solid Waste District will not accept LP gas tanks.

Pender County Utilities Director Kenny Keel said he anticipates the restriction will be temporary.

“We have taken a large volume of LP gas tanks and at this time we can’t accept more,” said Keel.

In the meantime, Keel suggested residents contact the original provider of the tank for assistance or contact these possible sources of disposal:

  • Parker Gas, 7491-B Market St., Wilmington, 28411; Call 910-319-4070
  • T. Lee Gas Company, 1760 Carolina Beach Rd., Wilmington, 28401; Call 910-763-1651
  • Blue Rhino Station locations; https://bluerhino.com/propane-finder

“We are sorry for the inconvenience,” Keel said.

Pender County Utilities issue Stage 1 Voluntary Water Restrictions

BURGAW – Pender County Utilities (PCU) issued voluntary water restrictions for Hampstead and Scotts Hill on May 14. The area includes the neighborhoods of Avendale, Cross Creek and Harrison Cove, as well as Island Creek Road and the neighborhoods of Wylie Branch and the Reserve at Island Creek.

 

The Stage 1 Voluntary Water Restrictions continue to be in effect. All PCU customers are urged to reduce their water usage.

 

“Pender County Utilities water customers in these areas are urged to reduce their water usage by 5 percent,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director.

 

Keel cites the factors necessary in issuing the Stage 1 Voluntary Water Restrictions are due to delays in construction of the Hampstead/Scotts Hill Well Project and increased usage of water from the Rocky Point-Topsail and Scotts Hill Water and Sewer District systems.

 

“PCU worked diligently to improve the existing system,” said Chad McEwen, Pender County manager. “Crews installed new equipment to supplement our water supply from Wallace as well as adjusted the county’s pumping station and valves that will maximize the current system. Later this summer, one of the Hampstead wells will become operational, which will help us meet our daily water demand.”

 

“Customer cooperation is essential, especially regarding outdoor water usage,” said Keel. “Irrigation typically has the biggest negative impact on the availability of water between May and August. We recommend irrigating landscapes a maximum of 1-inch per week.”

 

Additional practical measure to reduce water consumption include:

  • Prevent water waste, runoff, and do not water impervious surfaces.
  • Water plants deeply to encourage root growth.
  • Wash only full loads in clothes and dishwashers.
  • Use spring-loaded nozzles on garden hoses.
  • Identify and repair all water leaks.
  • Water shrubbery the minimum amount required.
  • Limit vehicle and boat washing to the minimum.
  • Refrain from washing down outside areas such as sidewalks and patios.
  • Use showers rather than baths and limit showers to no more than 4-minutes.
  • Refrain from leaving faucets running while shaving or while rinsing dishes.
  • Install water-flow restrictive devices in showerheads.
  • Use disposable and biodegradable dishes.
  • Install water-saving devices such as plastic bottles or commercial units in toilet tanks to reduce volume.
  • Ensure the toilet flapper valves are not leaking – test with a food coloring to the toilet tank and visually checking to see if the color appears in the bowl. If a color shows, the toilet is leaking.
  • Store drinking water in refrigerator to avoid trying to run it until cool from the tap.

 

For more information regarding the Stage 1 Voluntary Water Restrictions, call PCU at 910-259-1570.

Solid Waste Trash and Recycling Sticker Information

Pender County Solid Waste Trash and Recycling Sticker Information

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. Form of proof of residence- ID or Driving License, water bill, electric bill or closing statement.

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.

 

 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 full 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.

 

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.

Friday July 3rd, 2020- Trash Convenience centers and Scale House open regular hours.

Pender County offices will be closed Friday July 3rd in observance of the Independence Day.

 

Trash and Recycling Convenience Centers and Transfer Station scale house 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 sticker at the Utilities office in Burgaw 910 259-1570 and Hampstead Annex building 910 270-6704 in Hampstead.

FY21 rate schedules for Solid Waste that will be effective on July 1st

PENDER SOLID WASTE FY 2021 RATE AND FEE SCHEDULE

(Effective July 1, 2020)

 

TRANSFER STATION TIPPING FEE                                          $78.00 per TON

 NON-PENDER COUNTY RESIDENT TIPPING FEE          $162.00 per TON

 

USER FEE    ~ Household waste disposal and recycling                $220.00 per year

AVAILABILITY FEE        ~       Recycling Only                              $110.00 per year

 

 CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION WASTE

 Small quantities of construction debris such as roofing material, wood, wood pallets (must be broken down), sheetrock, and other similar materials may be disposed of at the Rocky Point, Burgaw, and Willard Convenience Centers. Large loads, in excess of 200 lbs., must be taken to the Hampstead Transfer Station (250 Transfer Station Road) and will be charged the current per ton rate. This service is for residential purposes only.

Contractors with large quantities of debris can make disposal arrangements with the Sampson County Landfill (910-525-4132)

 

BULKY FURNITURE – Couches, mattresses, box springs, and similar items may be brought to the Convenience Centers at Rocky Point, Burgaw, Willard or the Transfer Station for disposal. These items should be placed in the construction and demolition debris (C&D) containers. Large loads, in excess of 200 lbs., must be taken to the Transfer Station (250 Transfer Station Road) and will be charged the current per ton rate. This service is for residential purposes only.

 *        Tires originating from site clean-ups or land clearing, tires generated from businesses without the required paperwork/tire documentation, stockpiled tires, tires generated out-of-state, and tires from the general public in excess of five (5) per day ALL will be accepted at the Transfer Station off Highway 17 in Hampstead at a charge of $78 per ton. 

DO YOUR PART BE CART SMART Durring COVID-19!

Coronavirus have you cleaning? Those paper towels (and tissues) are too thin to recycle. Plus, they are dirty. Put them in the trash.

Masks aren’t recyclable.They also don’t belong in the parking lot or on the side of the road. Put them in the trash.

Gloves don’t belong in the parking lot or on the side of the road. They aren’t recyclable either.Put them in the trash.

Score a bunch of toilet paper? Recycle the plastic wrapper at the grocery store with your plastic bags — not with your curbside recycling!

Ordering a lot online?The plastic packaging can be recycled at your grocery store with your plastic bags — not with your curbside recycling!

Cleaning is important to prevent the spread of # COVID 19, but those disinfectant wipes aren’t made of paper, so put them in the trash.

Remember: most single use to-go containers are trash. If it isn’t a plastic bottle, tub, jug or jar, DO NOT recycle it.

Tips and Reminders During and After COVID-19

  • Keep plastic bags, masks, wipes, and latex gloves out of the recycling bin.
  • If someone in your home has COVID-19, treat your recyclables as trash. 
  • Don’t put your recyclables in plastic bags.
  • Clean and shake dry recyclables to ensure products get recycled.
  • Break down cardboard boxes and put them in the recycling bin whenever possible.
  • Put recycling and trash in the appropriate bins, not next to them. Leaving materials next to bins increases risks to sanitation workers and can attract pests.
  • Do not put lithium, lithium-ion or spent lead-acid batteries (e.g., car batteries) in your trash or recycling bins. These batteries can contain hazardous materials and can contaminate groundwater or cause fires at recycling facilities. Batteries from electronics and cars can be recycled at specified retail and other locations. You can also check with your city or county to see if they have a household hazardous waste collection program.
  • If you are spring cleaning, consider setting aside things (batteries, paints, weed killer, plastic bags, clothing, other donations, etc.) to donate, recycle, or dispose of later when it’s safe to bring them to a drop off location or collection event. Follow local guidelines. Many localities are limiting service (e.g., not picking up yard waste or bulk items at this time).
  • Return grass clippings back onto your lawn instead of bagging them.
  • https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/recycling-and-sustainable-management-food-during-coronavirus-covid-19-public-health#01
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Memorial Day Monday Transfer Station and Convenience Centers remain open regular hours, County Offices will be closed.

Pender County offices will be closed Monday May 25th in observance of the Memorial Day. The 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 sticker at the Utilities office in Burgaw and Hampstead Annex building room 101.

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