Help Keep Pamlico Beautiful

— Written By and last updated by Tamara Carawan
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Welcome to Pamlico County signPamlico County is often described as where the land and sea meet the sky. Our unique geography intersperses businesses and communities among marshlands and waterways, forest, and farmland, all reaching out into the Pamlico Sound and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. As a lifelong resident, I am proud to live in Pamlico County and to share it with a diverse community of people who have taught, inspired, and worked with me over many years. For these reasons, I want to share with you some information regarding ways we can help protect our county from the ever-present distraction of roadside litter.

Roadside litter is more than just an eye soar. In 2019, over $21 million dollars was spent in North Carolina to clean up roadside litter. Litter also threatens wildlife with physical and toxicological hazards from ingestion and entanglement, can reduce property values, and discourage customers from entering businesses. Aquatic habitats can also be affected, reducing survivability for various aquatic organisms.

So, what can you do to help prevent the problem of litter in Pamlico County? According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, one of the largest contributing factors to roadside litter is from unsecured loads in trucks. Light items can easily be blown from a truck bed and large heavy items can be lost at high speeds. By securing your load with a tarp, net, rope, or chain, you can help prevent items from becoming litter, while aiding in the protection of other motorists that might be struck by debris. It is important to note, that unsecured loads and littering from vehicles is a violation of state law, carrying with it penalties and fines.

Pamlico County is also a member of the Coastal Environmental Partnership that provides solid waste disposal to the citizens of Craven, Carteret, and Pamlico County. There is a local transfer station located at 3291 Hwy. 306 North, Grantsboro, NC that provides for convenient and inexpensive disposal of solid waste at $52.50/ton. This equates to spending about $1.00 to dispose of 38 pounds of trash. Pamlico County also operates a recycling convenience center at this location, accepting items such as batteries, cans, plastics, paper, glass, tires, and appliances. For more information about these services, visit the Pamlico County Solid Waste and Recycling website. You can also check out these Recycling Posters that show the dos and don’ts of recycling.

Additional recycling convenience sites are now being staffed several times a week across the county to help collect recyclables and discourage illegal dumping of non-recyclable waste. Residents should check the schedule of locations to ensure the site is open, as locations rotate during the week.

picture of recycling bins


Day of the Week

Reelsboro – 5486 Hwy NC 55 East, New Bern, NC


Oriental – Oriental Recreation Park behind Fire Station – 182 Straight Road, Oriental, NC


Arapahoe – Gary’s Restaurant – 7610 NC-306 S, Arapahoe, NC 28510


Hobucken – Hobucken Community Center – 145 Hobucken School Rd, Hobucken, NC 28537


Bayboro – Behind County Manager Office – 302 Main St, Bayboro, NC 28515



Vandemere – Intersection Cash Corner – 6405 NC-304, Bayboro, NC


November – March
7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

April – October 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Local towns may also provide contracted trash collection services at your home. If your town or area does not provide these services, then you can contract with local private providers such as Go Away Garbage Inc. or Waste Industries – GFL. By using these services, less trash is transported multiple times along roadways, decreasing the opportunity for potential litter.

If you want to get directly involved in helping to remove unsightly litter from our roadways, then consider adopting a stretch of highway through the North Carolina Department of Transportation Adopt a Highway Program. Highly motivated volunteers commit to a four-year period and conduct at least four roadside litter clean ups from a 2-mile stretch of highway. NCDOT will install two Adopt-A-Highway signs with a recognition panel on the adopted roadway and provides training and materials so volunteers can safely carry out their goals. Interested parties can contact Candice Flake at 252-439-2939 or visit the NC Adopt a Highway website.

Pamlico County is also planning to conduct its own roadside litter clean up event on February 27, 2021. This event is still in the planning stages, but anyone interested in taking part and helping to make a “Clean Sweep” of our local roadways and other public properties can contact Daniel Simpson at or Garry Cooper at Let us all take pride in our communities and protect our environment and economy by helping to prevent and reduce litter in Pamlico County.