Brunswick County working to assess debris, restore trash and recycling services; some fees to be waived for storm damage; FNS clients quality for Hot Food Waiver


Brunswick County is working to assess yard debris and restore trash and recycling services in the County. As recovery begins, Brunswick County will waive building inspection fees and some environmental health fees for damage due to Hurricane Florence, and FNS clients have been approved for a Hot Food Waiver.

Yard Debris, Trash and Recycling Update

There has been a lot of devastation in Brunswick County this past week and our roadways are still an issue for a lot of areas. We understand that some residents are working to get their homes back to normal and we are asking that they hold any debris for now. The county is currently working on assessing areas to see what our residents are dealing with. These assessments are crucial in determining a plan of action for disaster recovery. Residents, that are beginning the cleanup process, are asked to keep vegetative/yard debris separate from any construction/demolition debris. If residents have other materials, such as appliances, metal, tires, hazardous waste, and/or electronics, we ask that they are kept separated as well.

The County is working with Waste Industries to restore trash and recycling services to residents. Again, our roadways are a concern in determining when this will happen.

Building Inspection, Environmental Health Fees Waived for Hurricane-Related Damage

To aid in Brunswick County’s recovery from Hurricane Florence, Brunswick County will waive building inspection and some environmental health fees, including septic and well permitting fees and well sampling fees, for storm damage related to Hurricane Florence. Fees will be waived until Oct. 1, at which point the timeline of continuing waivers will be evaluated.

Field inspectors will verify that damage is storm-related to qualify for the waiver.

Building inspections is open in Building I of the County Complex, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., though emergency calls can be made at any point to 910-253-2021.

Hot Food Waiver for Food and Nutrition Services Recipients

On September 14, 2018, Hurricane Florence ravaged the state and caused many individuals and families to evacuate or temporality relocate to areas in and around North Carolina. The need for hot foods and hot prepared food products is critical for the coming weeks for those most adversely impacted and who are temporarily unable to prepare hot foods due to power outages and/or displacement from their homes.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved a Hot Food Waiver for all Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) recipients in North Carolina. The waiver allows any FNS recipient to purchase hot foods and hot foods prepared for immediate consumption if they are purchased in a FNS authorized retail store in North Carolina. USDA has provided notification to all authorized retailers in the State. A state press release will be made available along with other social media outlets. The Department has verified with the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association that authorized retailers are prepared to accept EBT for these purchases.