Residential debris collection in New Hanover County starts Monday

New Hanover County, NC – Debris collection in unincorporated areas of New Hanover County will begin Monday, August 10. Crews will make two passes over the county and residents should have the majority of their debris curbside by Monday. 

Additional information, including an interactive map to show the status of debris collection in specific neighborhoods, is available 

Gated communities must provide permission to enter or a gate code to Environmental Management by emailing Environmental Management DirectorJoe Suleyman Private roads will be serviced as long as a large truck can enter and have space to turn around to exit. Those who live on small private roads are asked to consolidate debris piles with neighbors at the front of the road. 

The City of Wilmington, as well as Carolina, Kure, and Wrightsville beaches are each coordinating debris collection for their residents, and can be contacted directly for information. 

When cleaning and clearing debris, residents are asked to follow these guidelines: 

  • Separate vegetative debris (branches, leaves, etc.) from any household debris (construction and demolition debris like tile, carpet, drywall, etc. will NOT be collected) 
  • Do not place debris in plastic bags (paper bags are allowed) 
  • Pile smaller pieces of debris on top of larger pieces 
  • Debris should be in pieces no larger than 12 feet in length 
  • Place piles at least three feet from mailboxes, utility meters, sign posts, and hydrants 
  • Place piles no further than five feet from the road 
  • Do not place debris piles directly under power lines 
  • Try to consolidate piles with neighbors 

As a reminder, construction and demolition debris will NOT be collected, however residents can bring storm-related vegetative and construction and demolition debris to the landfill at no cost during regular operating hours. Fees will be waived for individual homeowners and residents who haul their own debris, and does not include companies or commercial haulers. 


The public can call 910-798-6800 with questions Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and stay informed through and the county’s social media pages: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Nextdoor.

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