A number of residents said they would like to have curbside vegetative yard waste collection within the Town following the closure of the Town’s yard waste disposal convenience site off Lanvale Road in January, even if it meant a slightly higher tax rate in the 2020-21 fiscal year to offset those costs. Others expressed interest in a similar Town-owned and -operated yard waste disposal convenience site supported by a reasonable fee.
Members of the audience also supported a combination of community and Town efforts to beautify area roadways. Staff explained its efforts to work with the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT), which owns and is responsible for maintaining the major thoroughfares in Leland. The Town explained it would help facilitate a NCDOT-sponsored Litter Sweep on April 18. Details regarding that volunteer event are listed below in this newsletter.
Town staff and audience members discussed the challenges of recycling locally, around the country and internationally, and reviewed residents’ options for recycling in the event the Town discontinues its recycling program beginning July 1, 2020. There appeared to be mixed opinions on continuing or discontinuing town-wide, taxpayer-funded recycling.
The Town plans to hold these informal public meetings quarterly. The next Town Hall-style meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2 at 6:00 PM. More information regarding any specific discussion topics will be announced closer to the meeting date.
FAQ: Curbside Recycling
Why is the Town of Leland considering ending its curbside recycling program?
The Town’s current contract with its curbside recycling provider, Green For Life Environmental, Inc. (GFL), is set to expire June 30, 2020, and thus the Town must now consider its options for recycling moving forward.
Leland Town Council and staff certainly value and support conservation efforts. However, the current state of recycling in our area and nationwide is a largely ineffective and costly way of doing so, since much of the material intended for recycling ends up in the landfill.
Considering the problems with recycling, the cost - particularly in smaller towns and municipalities – outweighs the benefit. The Town spent approximately $389,000 on its curbside recycling program in fiscal year 2016-17. That figure has grown to just over $571,000 in the current (2019-20) fiscal year. Next year (2020-21), costs are expected to rise more than 21 percent to $723,389, or nearly double from just four years ago, with additional increases likely in the future. Since the Town includes the costs of curbside recycling in the tax rate, this increase would need to be accounted for in the 2020-21 fiscal year budget.
Do metropolitan areas have the same issues with recycling?
Recycling is a challenge to big cities and small towns across the country and around the world. Despite well-meaning efforts by citizens and governing bodies across the globe, literal tons of recyclables wind up being dumped in landfills - and even oceans - each year for a variety of reasons including improper disposal of recyclable materials in residential bins to ongoing difficulties caused by disruptions in China’s global recycling industry.
In fact, recent studies indicate that only about 9 percent of plastic is recycled worldwide. Additionally, the contamination rate of recyclables in America is currently 25 percent, according to waste management experts. This means that 1 of every 4 items placed in a curbside recycling bin is actually not recyclable.
If the Town discontinues Town-funded curbside recycling, what alternative options will be available to me?
The Town’s current contract with GFL runs through the end of June, and thus regular curbside recycling service would continue as-is until July 1, 2020.
Individual curbside pickup
If the Town-funded recycling program does end, residents will be able to continue curbside service with GFL directly starting July 1, 2020. This can be set up by signing up for an annual subscription service through GFL. The current cost of this service is $11.73 per month, which equates to $140.76 per year, billed annually in advance by GFL.
If Leland discontinues Town-funded curbside recycling, GFL will create a dedicated website for customers to sign up for the annual subscription service. You will be able to visit the site and sign up in advance, so there will be no disruption in service.
Communities and HOAs will be able to receive a discounted rate if they choose to have the entire community serviced by GFL. HOAs would need to contact GFL to arrange for this contracted service.
If you still wish to recycle but do not want to pay for curbside removal, Brunswick County provides the following 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., Leland
Town Creek District Park - 6420 Ocean Hwy. E (Hwy. 17)
If the Town-funded curbside recycling program is ended, how will the Town use the money it saves?
While the 2020-21 fiscal year budget has not yet been adopted, staff and Council are considering utilizing those funds for capital improvement projects, namely, construction of Sturgeon Creek Park and improvements to Founders Park.
LCAC Comedy: Vinnie Markowski and Scott Baker Leland Cultural Arts Center
Thursday, March 20
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Brace yourself for extreme laughter with the quickest thinkers in comedy. Don't just see the show... BE the show!
The Town is planning a N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Litter Sweep on Saturday, April 18 (rain date: Saturday, April 25). Volunteers will arrive at Leland Town Hall at 8:00 AM to watch a brief safety video and review guidelines.
Then, groups of 5-6 people will head out to an assigned road section. One Town staff member will assist each group. Roadside litter pickup will run until approximately 1:00 PM, at which time volunteers will be treated to lunch at Town Hall.
NCDOT will provide safety vests and supplies. Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age and those under 18 require signed consent from a parent or guardian to participate.
If interested in volunteering with the Litter Sweep, contact Laurie White, Senior Administrative Assistant with the Parks and Rec Department, firstname.lastname@example.org or (910) 408-3092.
Town Hall Meetings
We invite residents to attend any or all of our public Council and committee meetings.
Economic Development Committee Meeting – 6:00 PM, March 12
Council Agenda – 1:00 PM, March 16
Leland Tourism Development Board – 4:00 PM, March 18
Council Regular – 6:00 PM, March 19
Planning Board – 6:00 PM, March 24
Parks and Recreation Board – 6:00 PM, March 25
Leland in the News
Leland's House of Pickleball is making headlines again, this time in Our State Magazine! Find out why the sport has become a national trend and why Our State considers our town a "pickleball paradise."
International concert musicians Barry Salwen, pianist, and Ellie Wee, cellist, will bring classic Beethoven, Gershwin, and more to life, as only they can.
Where: Leland Cultural Arts Center When: 3:00 - 4:00 PM, Sunday, March 22 Admission: $10 Details: Purchase tickets.
Board of Adjustment Seeks Members
The Town is seeking citizen volunteers to serve on its Board of Adjustment. The board convenes on an as-needed basis to hear appeals of staff decisions regarding the interpretation of land use regulations, among other items.
The board has 5 members and 2 alternates, and all terms will end June 30, 2023. Members must reside in the Town of Leland.
If interested in serving, please fill out the online application (click on the "Create" button under the "Board Applications" section).