(New Hanover County)– New Hanover County’s plan to expand and extend the life of its landfill has reached a milestone. The Department of Environmental Management has received notification that the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources has issued an approved site suitability determination. This site suitability determination will expand the county landfill’s footprint by over 273 acres. 90 acres has been set aside for lined waste disposal cells. The remainder of the property consists of protected natural wetlands, habitat restoration areas, buffer zones, and soil borrow pit operations.
In January, 2012, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners granted a Special Use Permit which allowed for the combination of two parcels of land for future expansion. Once permitted for construction, the additional 90 acres of securely lined disposal cells will provide the citizens of the county with 13.9 million cubic yards of disposal capacity, equal to 60 years of additional site life. The addition of an automated construction and demolition debris recycling system, is further expected to extend that life an additional 20 years. Commissioning of the C & D recycling system is expected in November of this year.
Director of the Environmental Management Department, Joe Suleyman, said, “I’m very appreciative of the collective efforts of my team, SCS Engineers, and NCDENR in realizing this goal. Having this kind of capacity, especially in a coastal community, provides stability and predictability in our waste management programs. It has taken 2 and a half years to get to this point. Now the focus will shift to redoubling our efforts to minimize disposal and increase recycling, reuse, and waste reduction.”
New Hanover County was the first county in North Carolina to construct a lined landfill in 1981. The site also boasts an innovative constructed wetlands system for the treatment of landfill leachate, and the 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. The landfill is located at 5210 U.S. Highway 421 North. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (excluding holidays) and Saturdays from 6:30 a.m. to Noon
Contact: Joe Suleyman, Director