PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The Pender County Sheriff’s Department is strictly enforcing littering laws after receiving numerous reports of illegal dumping.
Anyone violating this law will be charged with a misdemeanor. Commercial entities caught dumping will face felony charges.
Sheriff Alan Cutler says he needs the community’s help to catch illegal dumpers.
“We just ask for them to get as much information as they can, tag numbers, try to ID the driver, get a good positive identification on them," Cutler said. “Call in the non-emergency line here to the Pender County Sheriff’s Office and please let us know about it so we can pursue that.”
The non-emergency number is 910-259-1212.
Those caught dumping 500 pounds or more on private roads will be fined.
Anyone still needing Hurricane Florence vegetative or construction debris pickup should make sure it is moved to the road right-of-way by Dec. 21. Debris trucks are allowed to travel on private and dirt roads.
Leaving materials on the road right-of-way after the Dec. 21 deadline will be considered illegal dumping.
“We are monitoring the debris that is being left on the roadside,” Pender County Emergency Manager Tom Collins said in a news release. “Commercial contractors are required to dispose of debris at the transfer station or an approved landfill. Commercial contractors who dump debris along our roadways are in violation of the law. They are charging homeowners for demolition and disposal and then illegally dumping debris on our roadways.”
For questions about debris pickup, call DRC — the county’s debris contractor — at 1-888-721-4372.