Waste & Recycling Collection

Main Contacts


Barry Burke
Code Enforcement Officer

(910) 328-1349


August - October '22 Schedule

Solid Waste:

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.


Wednesday Only (Year Round)


Feb., April, Oct.

Vegetation pick-up will be provided as a one-time sweep only on the dates provided within the calendar.



Effective July of 2021, the fee is 18.33 per month ( $219.96 per year).  This includes one solid waste cart and one recycling cart.  This fee is collected by ONWASA and billed on ONWASA customer's water bills.  The fee covers the cart and all pick-ups throughout the year.

Rules & Guidance ​


  • Place carts curbside no earlier than noon the day before trash pickup.

    • Collection will begin at 6:00 a.m.

  • Owners need to remove carts from roadside no later than 10:00 a.m. the morning after trash pickup.

    • A fine of $50.00 per day has been established for leaving trash carts by the road.

  • 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.

    • If you have overflow you must obtain a second cart or you will be fined.

  • Trash that is placed in carts other than the ones provided by Waste Industries will NOT be picked up. 

  •  If a cart is lost - it is $80 to replace.

October the 30th is the last Saturday Trash pick up for the year.


(updated 7-28-2022)


Vegetative debris

​Picked up three times a year. The next pickup of vegetative debris will be in February 2022:

February 21st 

April 25th

October 24th 

  • All grass clippings, mulch, leaves, straw, and vines must be in paper lawn and leaf bags (available at local hardware stores). 

  • 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.

  • No plastic bags will be picked up.

  • Debris from lot clearing (ex. to build a home) will not be picked up.

  • Vegetative debris resulting from the hiring of a private contractor is the responsibility of the contractor - it will not be removed by Town Staff.

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


  • No materials contaminated with food, grease, etc.

  • No plastic bags of any kind.

  • No disposable coffee cups or cutlery, greasy pizza boxes or Styrofoam.

  • When in doubt, throw it out!


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 no longer does bulk pick up and no longer accepts these items at Public Works.




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.