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County commissioners want to talk trash

They have asked the county to build a five member solid waste task force to determine how the county gets rid of its garbage. The goal is to reach the best financial and environmental way for New Hanover County to handle curbside recycling and future landfill needs. Back in May, the commissioners asked haulers that run the landfill and the county incinerator to make presentations of how they would run New Hanover County's trash program. County Commissioner Bill Kopp said, "We also need to look at the green movement, and make sure we are doing everything humanly possible to conserve energy, not only in NHC but everywhere in North Carolina." Currently, WASTEC operates the only incinerator in the state. Kopp is concerned that with the high price of fuel lately, operating the incinerator has not been cheap.

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Possible Solution

Recycling is very important. Remember the three dimensions of recycling are REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE...

reduce is the most important of all. We need to stop consuming so much.

Fuel cost

"Kopp is concerned that with the high price of fuel lately, operating the incinerator has not been cheap." The fuel for the incinerator is trash. Just curious on how the cost of "fuel" will effect the operation of the incinerator; and even though gas prices have fallen, they are slowly rising, and how will the private waste haulers maintain the lower costs hauling our trash to Sampson County with out raising pick up fees, as they have stated.

As a new resident, I am

As a new resident, I am SHOCKED that there is no pickup for recycled products. We are way behind the game and residents should demand action!!! SUch recycled products could limit landfill garbage, increase income for the county, and improve the local environment. Shame on New Hanover!


I've heard from several people that the recycling containers at Wrightsville Beach are not recycled, but instead just thrown into the landfill.


New Hanover County needs to increase the opportunities for folks to recyle. Most progressive programs use curb side pick up. An educational campaign will be an essential component. Metal cans need to be added to the list!

Thank God!

We should definitely not put this on the back burner. Please let's think of our future and try to be greener. It makes no sense that we as a county can not come up with a way to put this in to the works as many other counties around the state are way ahead of us in recycling programs. WE HAVE TO MAKE THIS WORK. GOOD LUCK TO THE TASK FORCE AND YOU HAVE MY SUPPORT FOR NH COUNTY CURBSIDE RECYCLING ASAP! THANKS.