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Posted on: January 24, 2022

Lesser Used Solid Waste Collection Sites to Close

Some lesser-used Onslow County Solid Waste Collection sites will close so that resources can be allocated to higher use sites. Revenue from the operations of those closing did not support the cost of operating those sites.

The County’s Solid Waste operations are an enterprise fund, meaning they must generate the funds used to provide for the landfill and associated operations from fees. The Richlands, Hubert, Nine Mile and Belgrade convenience sites will close because the cost of those operations was not offset by revenue from the sites. The Onslow Board of Commissioners made the decision to close the sites after a review of the operations, the amount of use, and how personnel and equipment could help in other ways. 

Solid Waste convenience sites are located around the County so residents who do not use municipal or private garbage pickup services can have convenient locations other than the County landfill to dispose of their garbage and recyclables. The four sites closing in April do not generate sufficient revenues to offset their cost of operation and are not as heavily used as other locations. Some of those heavily used sites could benefit from equipment and personnel that are to be reassigned.

  • Residents using the Hubert site should consider using the Midway Park site, Swansboro site or the main landfill after the Hubert site closes April 4, 2022.
  • Those who have used the Belgrade site should consider using the Silverdale site, Ramsey Road site or the main landfill after the Belgrade site closes April 5, 2022.
  • Users of the Richlands site should consider the Ramsey Road site or the main landfill after the Richlands site closes on April 6, 2022.
  • Citizens who use the Nine Mile site should consider the Verona Site or the main landfill site after the Nine Mile site closes on April 7, 2022.

Staff from the sites closing will be assigned additional hours at other sites and some of the equipment will be reassigned. The County-owned property will continue to be County-owned and the leases on private property will end. Operators say the county-owned sites could be valuable for remote debris sites after storms that produce heavy debris. 

Signs will be posted at the Sites being closed and directions will be provided for alternates.

Residents with questions can call 910 989-2107 for more information.

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