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Items Banned from NC Landfills

Click Items banned from North Carolina landfills to view NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources webpage on the items banned from North Carolina landfills.

Many items are banned from NC landfills per NC General Statutes.  The list below represent items that are either harmful to the natural environment and/or easily recycled.  Oysters are listed because they are needed in local ecosystems.  All these items take up valuable space in North Carolina landfills and should be disposed of properly.

  • Used oil*
  • Yard trash***
  • White goods (large appliances)***
  • Antifreeze*
  • Aluminum cans**
  • Tires*
  • Lead-acid batteries*
  • Beverage containers that are required to be recycled under G.S. 18B-1006.1**
  • Motor vehicle oil filters*
  • Recyclable rigid plastic containers (Look for recycling loop with numbers #1-7)**
  • Wooden pallets*
  • Oyster shells*
  • Computers and computer equipment*
  • Televisions*
  • Fluorescent lights and thermostats containing mercury*

*These items can be properly disposed of with New Hanover County.
**These items go in your blue recycling carts.
***These are considered bulky items, and are picked up by the City's Solid Waste crews by appointment only.

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  • Recycling

    • My trash was missed, what do I do?

    • Can I have more than one recycling cart?

    • When is recycling collected?

    • What can I put in my blue recycling cart?

    • Why don't I receive City solid waste services when I live within city limits?

    • What if I have more recycling than my container can hold? Should I just put the rest in the trash?

    • What does recycling cost city trash customers?

    • How do I dispose of hazardous materials such as tires, paints, oils, etc.?

    • Does Wilmington have a recycling program?

    • Is there a fee for trash collection?

    • My trash cart is broken or was stolen, what do I do?

    • What is my day of service?

    • Will my trash, recycling and yard waste be collected on holidays?

    • Will the City pick up my vegetative (yard) waste?

    • Why does the city collect recycling every other week?

    • Where can I sign up for solid waste service, and where can I pay my bill?

  • Trash

    • My trash was missed, what do I do?

    • Why don't I receive City solid waste services when I live within city limits?

    • Can I receive an additional trash cart or receive trash removal service twice a week?

    • Can you pick up a large item for me at my home, such as furniture or mattresses?

    • How do I dispose of hazardous materials such as tires, paints, oils, etc.?

    • Is there a fee for trash collection?

    • My trash cart is broken or was stolen, what do I do?

    • What is my day of service?

    • What about extra trash that will not fit into my trash cart?

    • I find that my large maxi trash cart is never full. Is there a smaller version of this trash cart?

    • Will my trash, recycling and yard waste be collected on holidays?

    • Will the City pick up my vegetative (yard) waste?

    • I do not have City of Wilmington trash service. Will you still pick up my yard waste and bulky items?

    • Where can I sign up for solid waste service, and where can I pay my bill?