New Hanover County, NC – Beginning Monday, August 6, New Hanover County residents can bring unpackaged food waste in reusable containers to the county’s HazWagon. The food waste will be transported to the New Hanover County landfill for composting.
New Hanover County’s HazWagon is a mobile collection service where residents can bring household hazardous waste, electronics, and now food waste, free of charge.
The HazWagon operates from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. out of Ogden Park on Mondays, Wrightsville Beach’s municipal complex on Wednesdays, and Mike Chappell Park in Carolina Beach on Fridays.
“We believe that leveraging the HazWagon’s popularity and convenience will be a great way to increase the amount of food waste that we divert away from landfill disposal,” said Environmental Management Director Joe Suleyman.
Residents are encouraged to de-package food waste ahead of time and bring it in a reusable container, because non-compostable packaging materials cannot be accepted. If food waste is brought in non-compostable packaging, residents will need to recycle or dispose of their packaging materials on their own. If food waste is brought in a reusable container, residents can dump the contents and take back the container for reuse.
Learn more about the county’s Food Waste Composting Program, including what can and can’t be composted, on New Hanover County Environmental Management’s website.
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