Where Does Your Yard Waste Go?The Town of Kill Devil Hills operates a Dry Trash Drop Off Center at 701 Bermuda Bay Boulevard. At this center, owners and residents of improved properties within the corporate limits of the Town can dispose of acceptable yard debris. A Dry Trash Drop Off (DTDO) Center permit is required to dispose of yard debris at this center. DTDO Permits are issued free of charge to owners and residents of improved properties within the corporate limits of the Town. To obtain a DTDO Permit, visit the Public Services Department at 107 Town Hall Drive Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5 pm.
In addition to disposing of yard waste at the Dry Trash Drop Off Center, the Town offers a bi-annual bulk trash collection. Twice per year, owners and residents of improved properties within the corporate limits of the Town can place acceptable yard debris in the right-of-way for collection. The Town also offers a Christmas tree collection in mid January. Old Christmas trees must be free of ornaments, lights, tinsel, and all other inorganic items. For additional bulk trash collection information and dates, please contact the Public Services Department at (252)480-4080 or visit the Town’s website at www.kdhnc.com.
The Dry Trash Drop Off Center accepts the following types of yard debris: Grass clippings, leaves, limbs, brush, and miscellaneous tree trimmings. Clippings, leaves, and other small brush should be placed in biodegradable craft paper bags. Limbs should not be longer than 6 feet in length. Larger tree trimmings should not be larger than 12 inches in diameter and 14 inches in length. Please ensure that no inorganic items are mixed in with your yard debris. The DTDO Center does not accept any commercially generated yard waste, lot clearing materials, or stumps.
All of the yard debris that is disposed of at the DTDO Center and that is collected from the Town’s right-of-ways bi-annually is used to create mulch. Once per year the Town uses a tub grinding service to mulch all of the yard debris that has been collected. During the 2009 / 2010 fiscal year the Town collected approximately 7,200 cubic yards of yard debris. When ground this yard debris produced approximately 1,800 cubic yards of mulch. This mulch is available to the public free of charge during normal operating hours. This mulch is limited in quantity and is given out on a first come first serve basis. Mulch is not available for commercial landscapers or persons wishing to resale the product. Customers are welcome to load their own mulch anytime during normal operating hours. During non-peak hours, Town personnel may be available to assist you with loading your truck or trailer. Remember to bring something to wipe the excess mulch from the outside of your vehicle and a tarp to cover your load.
Mulch is a beneficial product to use on your soil and around your plants. In addition to being an attractive addition to a flower bed or garden, mulch can prevent the germination and spread of many weeds. This reduction in weeds, can reduce the need to use herbicides and decrease the frequency of cultivation that may otherwise be required. The addition of mulch can help to moderate the soil temperature and aid the soil in retaining moisture during dry weather. This moisture retention can reduce the frequency of watering that is needed to sustain your vegetation. When mulch is applied to a soil surface it helps to protect the soil from the impact of raindrops and thus reduces soil crusting. Additionally, during rainstorms the mulch will reduce the splash from raindrops. This reduced splash will increase the infiltration of rainfall into the soil and prevent the plant foliage from being covered in soil. Organic mulch improves your existing soil by adding additional organic matter as the mulch decomposes. This additional organic matter can encourage the growth of worms and other soil organisms. These beneficial organisms can improve soil structure and increase the availability of nutrients in the soil.
Please visit the Town’s Dry Trash Drop Off Center at 701 Bermuda Bay Boulevard to take advantage of this free mulch. The DTDO Center is open Monday through Friday 8 am until 4 pm. The center is also open on Saturdays from 8 am until 2 pm.