New Hanover County Recycling & Solid Waste oversees one of the state’s most innovative integrated solid waste disposal systems for the benefit of New Hanover County residents and businesses.  The department manages: 

  • A recycling drop-off collection system
  • A Household Hazardous Waste and electronic waste collection system
  • A Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle D landfill
  • A Construction and Demolition Debris (C&D) recycling facility
  • And an in-vessel composting operations

The resulting system minimizes the use of land resources consumed for burying the waste we generate, recovers materials for beneficial reuse, and minimizes the potential risks of contaminating the area’s delicate environment. Wastewater generated by the landfill (known as “leachate”) is processed through an advanced double reverse osmosis wastewater treatment plant.