Curbside Recycling

How is the curbside recycling program changing?

The Town of Leland's current contract with GFL Environmental, Inc. for town-wide monthly curbside recycling will expire June 30, 2021. After this date, residents will have options for ways to continue recycling, including twice-monthly curbside recycling provided by GFL as a fee-based service or the Brunswick County free recycling drop-off locations available in and around Leland.

Why is Town of Leland ending its curbside recycling program?

Council and staff certainly value and support conservation efforts. For years, Leland has partnered with GFL for its municipal curbside recycling program, offered at no additional cost to residents. However, the cost to maintain curbside recycling has continued to increase in recent years due to international disruptions and inefficiencies in the industry, as documented in national and international news reports (links to examples are listed below).

Following a budget discussion on curbside recycling at its agenda meeting on Nov. 16, 2020, Leland Town Council voted at its regular meeting on a Nov. 19, 2020 to end the contract with GFL for the service and transition to an optional private, fee-based service for residents. Since that time, Town staff has worked with staff at GFL to coordinate information regarding the transition.

The removal of the cost to the Town of curbside recycling was included in the preliminary budgets discussed by Council in several subsequent meetings. Such funds are included in the Town's General Fund, which goes to fund services such as police and fire protection, street maintenance, and parks. 

What does it cost the Town to recycle?

The Town spent approximately $389,000 on its bi-weekly curbside recycling program in fiscal year 2016-17 and the cost has risen significantly each year thereafter. Facing an expected increase in fiscal year 2020-21 to approximately $720,000, the Town moved to monthly recycling at a cost of more than $570,000 to keep rising recycling costs under control.  For the forthcoming fiscal year, still utilizing once per month pick up, the cost was expected to rise to more than $600,000, with additional cost increases expected in the future as the recycling industry continues to experience inefficiencies and overall decline.

What if I want to continue curbside recycling?

Residents who would like to continue curbside recycling after June 30 can sign up for annual service directly through GFL at By signing up, GFL will provide twice-monthly recycling pick-up beginning Friday, July 2, 2021.  The deadline to register for continuation of curbside recycling service is April 23, 2021. For questions, please contact GFL at (910) 253-4177.

If I do not want to continue curbside recycling, do I need to notify GFL?

No. In June, GFL will begin removing recycling bins for residents who have not registered by the April 23, 2021 deadline for continuation of  curbside service.

What if I want to recycle but do not wish to pay for curbside service?

You can utilize Brunswick County’s free recycling drop-off locations in the Leland area:

  • Leland Convenience Center - 9921 Chappell Loop Rd.
  • Northwest Park - 1937 Andrew Jackson Hwy. NE
  • Leland Community Park - 1490 Village Rd.
  • Town Creek District Park - 6420 Ocean Hwy. E (Hwy. 17)

Related articles/websites:

How Small U.S. Cities are Fighting to Save Recycling

2020 Could Be the Year of Legislative Boom – or Bust – for National Recycling Policy

Earth Day website

Waste Management website - Media Room

Additional information/contacts:

Town of Leland – (910) 371-0148

GFL Environmental - (910) 253-4177