The New Hanover County Landfill provides safe, environmentally sound waste diversion, recycling, and disposal services to county residents and businesses. In operation since 1981, the landfill was the first lined landfill in the state of North Carolina. The site also boasts an innovative constructed wetlands system for the treatment of landfill leachate as well as a double reverse osmosis wastewater treatment plant. All landfill liner systems are designed to exceed federal and state requirements. The site also provides for the convenient recycling of tires, appliances (“white goods”), yard waste, mixed recyclables, construction, and demolition debris, batteries, used motor oil, cooking oil, antifreeze, oyster shells, sharps (needles), and other materials. 

Please note that all customers must be unloaded and depart from the site by the stated closing time.

The New Hanover County Landfill accepts the following materials for recycling or disposal:


  • Aluminum Cans
  • Food Waste, unpackaged
  • Oyster Shells
  • Antifreeze
  • Cooking Oil
  • Plastics #1 to #2
  • Asphalt Shingles
  • Scrap Metals
  • Car/Truck Batteries
  • Tires
  • Cardboard
  • Used Motor Oil
  • Oil Filters
  • White Goods (appliances)
  • Wood Waste (scrap lumber) - unpainted and untreated
  • Clean concrete, brick, and block
  • Wooden Pallets (unpainted/untreated)
  • Drywall
  • Yard Waste (leaves, branches, grass clippings, etc.)
  • Mixed Paper
  • Clean soil


Please note that asbestos-containing material (ACM) is no longer accepted for disposal at the New Hanover County Landfill.

  • Construction and Demolition Debris (C&D)
  • Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) - garbage and refuse
  • Bulky items, such as mattresses and furniture
  • Sharps (hypodermic needles)
  • Special Waste (by authorization, call 798-4453)