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Disposal of Common Household Items
 
Aerosols
 
A can is empty and safe for disposal if you no longer hear air being released from the container.  If it is not possible for you to use the contents completely, you can empty and depressurize the aerosol container (as long as it is not a pesticide).
 
Spray the contents into a cardboard box until you can no longer hear the air being released from the can.  When the container is empty and depressurized, put the cardboard box in the trash.  The empty aerosol container can be recycled.
 
If you are not able to empty the aerosol cans, please bring them to Household Hazardous Waste Facility
 
Aluminum Cans
 
 
Ammunition
 
Contact the local Sheriff’s Office or Wilmington Police Department for proper disposal.  
               
                 Sheriff’s Office                                                                                                                                  910-798-4206
 
                 Wilmington Police Department                                                                                                     910-343-3600
 
Antifreeze
 
NHC Landfill
 
                5210 Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                                    910-798-4450
 
  Household Hazardous Waste Facility             
 
Appliances (White Goods)
 
NHC Landfill
    
               5210 Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                                    910-798-4450
              
Asbestos
 
Accepted at the NHC Landfill only from homeowners and will need prior approval.  
               
               Call for details                                                                                                                                   910-798-4450
 
Asphalt
 
NHC Landfill
 
              5210 Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                                     910-798-4450

Automobiles
 
Wheels for Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish Easten North Carolina
 
              http://eastnc.wheelsforwishes.org                                                                                             1-855-922-9474
 
Ballasts
 
Ballasts for fluorescent light fixtures used to be made with Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), but this practice was stopped in 1978.  Ballasts with PCBs will have a label on them, stating that they contain PCBs.  PCBs are banned from the Landfill.
  
 
Batteries- Automobile
 
 
NHC Landfill
 
              5210 Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                                     910-798-4450
 
A number of the local auto parts stores also accept automobile batteries
 
Batteries- Household Alkaline & Rechargeable
 
 
Rechargeable batteries only:
 
Batteries Plus
 
              5042 Market Street 28405                                                                                                                910-792-1300
 
RadioShack
 
                5120 South College Road 28412                                                                                                    910-392-7890
 
                University Center                                                                                                                               910-799-5954
 
                5214 Market Street 28405                                                                                                               910-799-2693
 
                3500 Oleander Drive 28403                                                                                                            910-799-8562
 
Staples
 
                322 South College Road 28403                                                                                                       910-313-0636
 
Best Buy
 
                309 South College Road 28403                                                                                                       910-790-2021
 
Bicycles
 
Two Wheeler Dealer
 
                4408 Wrightsville Avenue 28403                                                                                                   910-799-6444
                 
Boats
 
NHC Landfill
 
               5210 Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                                       910-798-4450
 
                Fuel, oil, and batteries need to be removed before disposal
 
Bricks
 
NHC Landfill
 
               5210 Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                                      910-798-4450
 
Bulky Items (Couches, Chairs, Furniture)
 
Items in good condition may be donated to local not for profit organizations
 
NHC Landfill
                 5210 Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                                    910-798-4450
 
Cardboard
Can be recycled at the County recycling drop-off sites; Please flatten all cardboard before placing it in containers 
 
Carpet/Carpet Padding
 
NHC Landfill
 
                 5210 Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                                  910-798-4450
 
                Materials will be sent to a carpet recycler
 
Pre-Floor Distributors
 
                6606 Windmill Way 28405                                                                                                            910-452-5200
 
Cartridges (Inkjet and Toner)
 
Cartridge World of Wilmington
 
                4512 Oleander Drive 28403                                                                                                           910-784-9534
 
Rapid Refill
 
                120 Racine drive Suite 1 28403                                                                                                      910-799-2234
 
                3715 Patriot Way Suite 123 28412                                                                                               910-313-6992
 
Staples
 
                322 South College Road 28403                                                                                                       910-313-0636
 
Office Depot
 
                3727 Oleander Drive 28403                                                                                                           910-392-9013
 
Best Buy
 
                309 South College Road 28403                                                                                                      910-790-2021
 
Cell Phones
 
RadioShack
 
                5120 South College Road 28412                                                                                                    910-392-7890
 
                University Center                                                                                                                               910-799-5954
 
                5214 Market Street 28405                                                                                                               910-799-2693
 
                3500 Oleander Drive 28403                                                                                                            910-799-8562
 
Best Buy
 
                309 South College Road 28403                                                                                                      910-790-2021
 
Staples
 
                322 South College Road 28403                                                                                                      910-313-0636
 
Office Depot
 
                3727 Oleander Drive 28403                                                                                                            910-392-9013
 
Chemicals
 
Only for New Hanover County Residents
 
 
Commercial & Industrial Businesses are reminded that they must comply with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to hazardous waste management.  The New Hanover County Household Waste Facility is not permitted to accept hazardous waste.
 
If you have questions regarding commercial & industrial hazardous waste, please communicate your questions to NC Division of Waste Management
 
Christmas Trees
 
Accepted at a few locations throughout the County normally from December 25th through February 1st
 
Please call for seasonal collection information                                                                                       910-798-4400
 
Clothing
 
Donate clothing whenever possible to one of the many not for profit organizations within New Hanover County
 
NHC Landfill
 
                5210 US Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                              910-798-4450
 
Compact Fluorescent Lights
 
 
Most of the home improvement stores withing New Hanover County also accept compact fluoresent bulbs at the customer service desk
 
Concrete
 
NHC Landfill
 
                5210 Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                                   910-798-4450
 
Construction and Demolition Materials
 
NHC Landfill
 
                5210 Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                                   910-798-4450
 
Cooking Oil- Used
 
 
NHC Landfill
 
              5210 Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                                     910-798-4450
             
Electronics (Computers, TV’s, Others)
 
 
If the electronics are in good working condition, consider donating them to one of the many not for profit organizations within New Hanover County              
  
Fertilizer
 
 
Another method of disposing of the fertilizer is to ask friends and neighbors if they have a need for the fertilizer 
 
Fire Extinguishers
 
 
Fuel
 
               
Glass Bottles and Jars
 
Can be recycled at the County recycling drop-off sites
 
Medical Waste
 
The NHC Landfill will accept non-regulated medical waste generated at homes, hospitals, doctor offices, clinics, etc. located within New Hanover County. 
 
Residents
 
Residents who generate used sharps in the course of administering medications to themselves or family members should follow the steps outlined below.  A sharp is defined as any item having corners, edges, or projections capable of cutting or piercing the skin.  For example, needles, blades, scalpels, etc.
 
  1. Sharps shall be placed in a container which is rigid, leak-proof when in an upright position, and puncture-resistant.  An example would be an empty liquid laundry detergent bottle.
  2. The sharps container should be brought directly to the NHC Household Hazardous Waste Facility or the NHC Landfill and placed into the provided collection bin by the homeowner.

*Please do not throw sharps away in your regular trash.

 

Household Hazardous Waste Facility

 

NHC Landfill
 
             5210 Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                                     910-798-4450
 
Commercial and Business
 
Medical waste generating facilities such as doctor’s offices, clinics, outpatient surgical centers etc. are expected to collect, treat, manage and dispose of their medical waste according to the rules found in 15A NCAC 13B SECTION .1200 - MEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT.  Even though these rules allow for disposal of certain “non-regulated medical waste” and “regulated medical waste” that has been treated in municipal solid waste landfills, Department policy is not to accept used sharps at its facilities in order to minimize possible contact by its employees and the general public.  Therefore, these facilities must plan to manage their used sharps separately from other non-regulated medical waste. 
 
Medical waste generating facilities shall place “non-regulated medical waste” inside red plastic bags before placing such waste into a refuse container intended for collection and disposal at a New Hanover County disposal facility.
 
Metal Scraps
 
NHC Landfill
                
               5210 Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                                     910-798-4450
               
Mixed Paper
 
Can be recycled at the County recycling drop-off sites
 
Mobile Homes
 
NHC Landfill
 
                5210 Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                                     910-798-4450
 
                Mobile Homes need to have all appliances and plumbing fixtures removed
 
Motor Oil- Used
 
 
NHC Landfill
 
                5210 Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                                     910-798-4450
 
Most of the part stores throughout New Hanover County will also accept used motor oil
               
Newspaper
 
Can be recycled at the County recycling drop-off sites
 
Oil Filters
 
 
NHC Landfill
 
                5210 Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                                   910-798-4450
 
Oyster Shells
  
NHC Landfill
 
                5210 Highway 421 North 28403                                                                                                  910-798-4450
 
Oyster shells are collected for the North Carolina Department of Marine Fisheries. The shells are placed back in the water to create reefs for new oysters.
 
For more information visit Division of Marine Fisheries
               
Paint (Thinner, Spray Paint, Strippers, Mineral Spirits, Varnishes, etc.)
 
  
Pesticides
 
 
Prior to disposing of pesticides, it is recommended to check with friends and neighbors to see if they have a use for it first
              
Phone Books
 
Can be recycled at the County recycling drop-off sites in the mixed paper container
               
Plastic Bags
 
Plastic bags ckan be returned to most grocery stores within New Hanover County for recycling
 
*Please do not put them in with plastic recycling containers at NHC Recycling Centers or in your curbside recycling container*
 
Plastic Bottles & Plastic Containers #1 - #7
 
Can be recycled at the County recycling drop-off sites
 
Propane Tanks
  
JT Lee & Sons Inc.
 
                1760 Carolina Beach Road 28401                                                                                                910-763-1651
 
                There is a $5.00 charge per tank
 
Propane tanks can also be exchanged for full tanks at convenient locations throughout New Hanover County
 
Sheetrock
 
NHC Landfill
 
               5210 Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                                    910-798-4450
 
Shingles
 
NHC Landfill
 
              5210 Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                                    910-798-4450
 
Sludge
 
 
Accepted at the NHC Landfill by permit only
 
NHC Landfill                                                                                                                                                     910-798-4450
 
Tires
 
Residents
 
                Residents can dispose of up to five (5) tires per day free of charge at the NHC Landfill
 
                5210 Highway 421 North  28401                                                                                                  910-798-4450
 
Commercial and Business
 
                Commercial and Business can dispose of tires at no cost according to the State & County guidelines
 
                *Proper paperwork must be completed and a call must be placed ahead of disposal time to the NHC Landfill*
  
                5210 Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                                   910-798-4450
 
Toys
 
Items in good condition may be donated to one of the many not for profit organizations located throughout New Hanover County
 
NHC Landfill
 
                5210 US Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                             910-798-4450
                
Wood Pallets
 
NHC Landfill
 
                5210 Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                                   910-798-4450
 
Yard Waste (Brush, Branches, Soil, Grass Trimmings, Stumps)
 
NHC Landfill
 
               5210 Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                                   910-768-4450
 
Wilmington Materials
 
                3612 Highway 421 North 28401                                                                                                   910-763-4569
 
Seaside Mulch
 
                201 North Green Meadows Drive 28405                                                                                     910-791-2100
 
Blue Horizons
 
                2869 North Kerr Avenue 28405                                                                                                     910-343-9696
 
American Property Experts
 
                606 Sunnyvale Drive 28412                                                                                                           910-793-1460