Streets & Solid Waste
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Our Mission: Provide the Citizens of Mount Holly with an affordable refuse collection service that disposes of residential solid waste in a sanitary, timely and convenient manner.
The Mount Holly Streets & Solid Waste Division provides residential refuse and yard waste collection and over maintenance of City streets, sidewalks, gutters, right-of-ways, and street signs.
On average, the City of Mount Holly collects 4,273 tons of household garbage each year from 5,500 homes and businesses. The City currently operates with several trucks that deliver a combined monthly average of 69 loads of garbage to the Gaston County Landfill located in Dallas, North Carolina.
The City of Mount Holly consists of a road system of over 101 miles of paved roads and 33 miles of sidewalks. Mount Holly is responsible for maintenance and repairs on 67 miles of roads, 33 miles of sidewalks, right-of-way maintenance and street sign maintenance. The North Carolina Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining the remaining 35 miles of roads. More than $145 million in funding was expended in 2013 to assist municipalities to pay for road projects across North Carolina, courtesy of North Carolina Department of Transportation's State Street Aid funds.
POWELL BILL FUND
The State Street Aid funding, more commonly known as the Powell Bill Fund, comes from revenue generated by the state gas tax and highway user fees. NCDOT distributed $145.6 million to 507 separate municipalities in 2013.
NCDOT requires that Powell Bill funds be expended only for the purposes of maintaining, repairing, constructing, reconstructing or widening any street or public thoroughfare within the municipal limits or for planning, construction, and maintenance of bikeways, greenways or sidewalks.
The Powell Bill Fund was created in 1951 and has since allocated $3.8 billion to various North Carolina municipalities. A formula, created by the North Carolina General Assembly, determines how much municipalities receive from this funding. According to the formula, about 75 percent of the funds are awarded based on population, while 25 percent is based on the municipalities' street miles. Various city departments all play a key role in the development of our highway projects.
Director of Street and Solid Waste/Fleet Management
The Solid Waste Division came from humble beginnings of being housed in a small out-building, one flatbed truck, and 2 employees. Today the City has a fleet of 6 specialized garbage collection vehicles and 16 full-time employees. We as a City have come a long way...once dumping garbage onto a flatbed truck to utilizing 96-gallon curbside collection containers.
The city provides a 96-gallon green refuse and a 96-gallon blue recycling container to each residential unit served at no cost. Each container will be numbered and assigned to a specific residential address. These containers are the property of the City of Mount Holly and are not to be defaced, damaged or removed from the assigned address. The City will repair or replace the containers as needed. Keep your containers clean by washing them with mild soap and water; the city is not responsible for the cleanliness of your containers.
THERE ARE SEVERAL THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN PLACING YOUR ROLLOUT CONTAINER BY THE CURBSIDE:
- The collection truck must have access to your container. Place it three feet away from trees, mailboxes, parked cars, utility poles, and other rollout containers.
- Place the container within two feet of the curb and three feet of the mailbox with the handle facing away from the curb.
- The collection truck is on a scheduled route. It is difficult for the truck to return to your address if the garbage was missed because it was not put out correctly or was put out late.
- Containers should be placed at the curb no later than 7:00 am on your collection day. Remove your empty containers by midnight of your collection day. Containers should not be left on the curb during the weekend. Your cooperation in abiding by this requirement helps keep Mount Holly Beautiful.
- Do not put concrete, dirt, rocks, hot ashes, batteries, chemicals, flammable liquids or liquid paint in the rollout container.
- Construction, remodeling, metal or demolition debris cannot be put into the container. Dead animals or hazardous waste should never be placed in the rollout container.
- Yard waste cannot be put in your rollout containers. N.C. law requires that yard waste be collected separately from garbage. Your yard waste will be collected on the same day as your garbage and go to a different facility for processing. You can put your yard waste in a standard 32-gallon trash can, just write "YARD WASTE" on the container. If using bags, use clear bags. These can be bought where lawn and garden supplies are sold.
- Larger yard waste like limbs and shrub clippings must be stacked at the curb, not in the street.
If you have any questions pertaining to solid waste collection services please feel free to call us at 704-827-9726.
BULK ITEM COLLECTION
As of July 1, 2015, the bulk item collection process has changed. For reference, bulk items are items that you place curbside that consist of couches, chairs, desks, chest of drawers, etc. for pick up by the Solid Waste Department.
Please follow the below steps for bulk item collection:
- Visit the Municipal Complex
- Pay a flat $15 fee for each bulk item
- An orange collection sticker will be issued to you
- Take the item to the curb for pick up on the 2nd or 4th week of each month
- Place the orange sticker on your bulk item
- City will collect the bulk item(s) when the sticker is present
- Appliances $25.00
- Tires (off the rim) $5.00 per tire
- Mattress $20.00
- Box Spring $5.00
Recycling is one of the best environmental success stories of the late 20 century. In 2012 the United States' recycling and composting efforts diverted more than 87 million tons of material away from landfills and incinerators and instead turned those materials into valuable resources (US EPA 2012 Facts and Figures Fact Sheet (PDF)). Collecting recyclable materials is just the first step in a series of actions that generate a host of financial, environmental, and societal returns.
The City of Mount Holly provides recycling services to its residents, through a means of a mandatory program with voluntary participation. Each household will receive a blue 95-gallon wheeled recycle container. You will be charged per month for these services. This container will be serviced on a bi-weekly schedule. Care of this container will follow the same procedure as your refuse container.
This Year's Recycling Calendar
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Director of Street and Solid Waste/Fleet Management
704-951-0074 ext. 1019