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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.
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.