Residential Garbage, Recycle and Yard Debris

Recycling Information

Curbside Recycling Schedule: Every other Tuesday

Recycling is every two weeks for each residence.  Schedule “A” will be the West side of Howe St & Rivermist.   Schedule “B” will be the East side of Howe St.

2021 Recycling Schedule

Map for Recycling

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Download the Printable Calendar

What to Recycle:

Old soda bottles and empty milk jugs are no longer just garbage. They must be recycled. A new state law took effect October 1, 2009 that prohibits all plastic bottles from being disposed of in landfills. For several years, the City of Southport has offered curbside recycling to all residences within our city limits.

The following items may be placed in your recycling container:

  • Aluminum and steel cans (clean)
  • Newspapers, mixed papers, junk mail, magazines and paperboard (i.e. cereal boxes)
  • Plastic containers #1 and #2 (jugs, bottles, tubs and jars). No single use items accepted.
  • Corrugated cardboard (boxes must be broken down & flattened)
  • Green, brown and clear glass containers (clean)
  • Do not place items in plastic garbage bags or store bags.
  • Do not put plastic store bags in recycle bins.  Return bags to area stores for recycling.

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The City provides a blue recycling cart that is picked up bi-weekly. We are encouraging all residents who have not participated in this program to please do so.

If you do not have a cart, please call (910) 457-7900, option 1.

We are encouraging everyone to take a personal responsibility in doing their part to recycle.

The county convenience site will accept recyclables at no charge.

For additional information and details, please follow this link to the Brunswick County website:

Garbage and Yard Debris

New Services and Billing: 910-457-7900

Recycle/Yard Debris, Residential, inside city limits  – $10.61 per month

(not available for outside city limits, vacant lots or commercial property)

Safety First

  • Completely extinguish charcoal grilling coals. If hot ashes are dumped into the trash truck, a fire will start. Over the last several years we have had several on board trash fires and actually lost a truck in 2012.
  • Please bag trash. When drivers dump the carts into the truck, the ash dust, etc. can fly into their face and eyes. This creates a safety hazard for the crew. They do wear safety glasses but they still get covered.

Household Garbage: Every Tuesday

For questions about pickup: Waste Industries, A GFL Company, Phone: 910-253-4177

GFL Environmental will only pick up household garbage if it is in the proper container (95-gallon roll out cart). Please do not mix household garbage with recycles and/or yard waste; do not mix one waste with any other waste. Please have container to curb by 6 a.m.

For new residents and/or replacement carts, contact Brunswick County Solid Waste at 910-253-2520. For cart repair, contact GFL at 910-253-4177.

Note: Cart roll out for handicapped persons will be provided upon request and completion of required paperwork.

Yard Debris: Every Wednesday

Construction Waste Removal DBA Brush Bandit will only pick up the following yard waste per residence (Any reasonable combination is acceptable):

  •  1 approved resident owned and maintained 96-gallon roll out cart OR
  •  Up to 15 biodegradable paper bags (no plastic bags of any type accepted) OR
  •  Up to 4 securely tied bundles (max 4’ long & 24” circumference).

Note: Yard debris carts are not provided by the city.    However, 96-gallon roll out carts can be purchased from the third party vendor of your choice or directly from Brush Bandit. They can be reached at (910)755-6419.

Yard Waste will not be serviced if:

  • Trash or recycle carts are used.
  • Trash or recycle is mixed in with yard waste in approved yard waste cart.
  • No vacant lots will be serviced.

No recycle or yard debris pickup for commercial accounts.

County Solid Waste Convenience Site
Trash, Yard Waste & Recycling Site
8392 River Rd (Hwy 133)
Southport NC 28461
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Phone: 457-9484
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

IMPORTANT: There is no pickup service for white goods, brown goods (mattresses, furniture & other bulk items) construction debris, lot clearing & tree removal, or hazardous waste. Disposal is the responsibility of the resident. The convenience site (above) accepts some of those items for a fee. Please note that all electronics are banned from the landfill. They must be disposed of at a separate location at the landfill site. No electronics are accepted at the convenience site.

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