Waste & Recycling

Main Contacts

Barry Burke
Admin/Waste Management
(910) 328-1349


Solid Waste & Recycling Calendar:

Solid Waste Pick-up:

  • Wednesday & Saturday (Early May to Late October)*
  • Wednesday Only (Early November to Late April)*
    • *Exact dates vary year-to-year. For the 2022 summer season, Saturday solid waste pickup resumes May 7th.

Recycling Pick-up:

  • Wednesday Only (Year Round)

Vegetation Pick-up:

  • February 21st, 2022, April 25th, 2022, and October 24th, 2022.
  • Vegetation pick-up will be provided as a one-time sweep only on the dates provided within the calendar.


  • Effective July of 2022, the fee is 18.85 per month
  • This fee is collected by ONWASA and billed on ONWASA customer's water bills.
  • This includes one solid waste cart and one recycling cart. The fee covers the cart and all pick-ups throughout the year.

Trash Carts Rules

  1. Place carts curbside no earlier than noon the day before trash pickup.
  2. Collection will begin at 6:00 a.m.
  3. Owners need to remove carts from roadside no later than 10:00 a.m. the morning after trash pickup.
  4. A fine of $50.00 per day has been established for leaving trash carts by the road.
  5. Trash carts must be able to close completely, and we do not provide for any pick up of extra bags next to the carts or anything that is not securely enclosed in the cart.
  6. If you have overflow you must obtain a second cart or you will be fined.
  7. Trash that is placed in carts other than the ones provided by Waste Industries will NOT be picked up. 
  8.  If a cart is lost - it is $80 to replace.
  9. October the 29th is the last Saturday Trash pick up for the year.

Vegetative Debris Rules

  1. ​Picked up three times a year. The next pickup of vegetative debris will be the following: February 21st, 2022, April 25th, 2022, and October 24th, 2022.
  3. All grass clippings, mulch, leaves, straw, and vines must be in paper lawn and leaf bags (available at local hardware stores). 
  4. Tree limbs must be no longer than 6 feet in length and no larger than 6 inches in diameter.  All vegetation must be at the right-of-way for pick up.
  5. No plastic bags will be picked up.
  6. Debris from lot clearing (ex. to build a home) will not be picked up.
  7. Vegetative debris resulting from the hiring of a private contractor is the responsibility of the contractor - it will not be removed by Town Staff.

Helpful Documents:

Recycling Do's and Don'ts​

Accepted Items:

  • Plastic with the numbers 1-7 (RINSE CLEAN)
    • Bottles
    • Containers
    • Jugs
    • Tin
    • Aluminum
    • Steel
    • Empty aerosol cans
  • Corrugated cardboard (flattened)
    • Cereal and dry food boxes
    • Tissue boxes
    • Cartons
  • Paper
    • Newspapers
    • Inserts
    • Labels
    • Magazines
    •  Envelopes
  •  Glass
    • Jars
    • Bottles

NON-Accepted Items:

  • Plastic bags
  • Shredded or small scraps of paper 
  • Styrofoam
  • Trash
  • Receipts
  • Hardcover books
  • Disposable cups and cutlery
  • Clothing or fabric
  • Light bulbs
  • Electronics
  • Hazardous waste
  • Tires
  • Dishes or cookware
  • Tanglers (Garden hoses, cords, wire, etc.)
  • Window or mirror glass
  • Liquid waste
  • Medical waste
  • Construction or yard debris
  • Batteries
  • Toys
  • Diapers
  • Scrap wood
  • Beach equipment (chairs, umbrellas, toys, etc.)
  • Plastic pumps
  • Scrap metal

Folkstone Convenience Center

The Town no longer has dumpsters at Public Works available for use by property owners. The alternative site is located at the nearby Folkstone Trash & Recycle Convenience Center on Old Folkstone Road. 

Bulk Pick-up:  The Town does not perform bulk pick up and these items are no longer accepted at Public Works.

Electronics:  Effective July 1, 2011 televisions and computer equipment will be banned from disposal in North Carolina landfills. The computer equipment includes laptops, desktops, monitors, printers, scanners and peripherals such as mice and keyboards. These electronics must be taken to the Sneads Ferry Convenience Center at 320 Old Folkstone Road in Sneads Ferry, NC or the Onslow County Landfill  at 415 Meadowview Road in Jacksonville, NC.


Girl Scouts

Recycle your American Flags

Thank you to the Girl Scouts Troop #361 in Sneads Ferry who made an American Flag box to retire flags.  The box is located on the front deck of Town Hall.  Congratulations to them on earning their Silver Award for this project.  The troop collects the flags and holds a proper flag retirement ceremony.  If you have American Flags that need properly retired, you may place them in the flag box where the Girl Scouts will collect.

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