Environmental Enforcement

light 300The division of environmental control manages the investigation, monitoring and enforcement of prohibited solid waste activities throughout Robeson County.


frequently asked Questions BELOW:

  • Litter- Illegal Dumping:

    It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, dump, or cause to be dumped any garbage, refuse, rubbish, litter, junk, appliances, equipment, cans, bottles, paper, lumber, building materials, trees, tree limbs, brush, or other forms of solid waste anywhere in the unincorporated areas of the County, except as may be permitted by County regulations, without the expressed written authorization of the Board of Commissioners.

    If any of the material dumped in violation of the noted provision can be identified as having last belonged to, been in the possession of, sent to or received by, or to have been the property of any person prior to its being dumped as prohibited herein, such identification shall be prima facie evidence that such person dumped or caused to be dumped such matter or material in violation of this Ordinance.

    Robeson County Solid Waste works with the following other organizations to ensure the proper disposal of items that are found on the roadsides:

     ncdot3The North Carolina Department of Transportation

    krcgKeep Robeson Clean and Green Council encourages citizens to clean litter up and participate in litter abatement programs.

  • Burning:

    Open burning of solid waste is prohibited

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  • Storage of Waste:

    Every County resident shall be responsible for ensuring that the solid waste generated by their home or business is properly disposed of at the County Landfill, or by contracting with an approved Solid Waste Collector, or disposed at a Recycling and Solid Waste Collection Center. No owner, occupant, tenant, or lessee of any property may deposit, store, or permit to accumulate any solid waste upon his property that is not stored or disposed of in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Solid Waste Ordinance. Refuse shall be stored in a manner that will not provide harborage to rodents and vermin and which will not create a fire hazard, health hazard, or public nuisance. The owner, occupant, tenant or lessee of any property shall remove or cause to be removed all solid waste from his property at such intervals so as not to create a fire hazard, health hazard or public nuisance. It shall be unlawful for any person to allow garbage or refuse to accumulate or remain on any premises for longer than is reasonably necessary to remove and properly dispose of same as required herein. No person shall leave outside or any building or dwelling in any place accessible to children, any abandoned or unattended refrigerator, freezer, ice box or other airtight receptacle without first removing the door or locking the door closed. No person shall allow the accumulation of discarded and inoperative refrigerators, air conditioners, ranges, water heaters, freezers, and other similar domestic and commercial large appliances. It shall be unlawful for any resident or landowner to allow any structure defined as Demolition waste to remain on their property which may constitute a hazard or attractive nuisance. The landowner shall properly dispose of this Demolition waste within 30 days of notification by the Enforcement Officer.

  • Tires:

    No person shall allow the accumulation of scrap tires on their property. Businesses who generate scrap tires through the retail sale of new tires are prohibited from allowing the accumulation of more than 200 tires at any given time.

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  • Fines and Charges:

    RESTITUTION FOR DAMAGES: The County shall be entitled to seek restitution for damages or extra expenses including the cost of cleanup, resulting from any violation of this Ordinance.  Actual charges will be based on the direct cost to the County.
    County employees or the County’s authorized contractor shall be granted permission to access private property upon conviction of any violation of this Ordinance for this purpose of correcting the violation.
    CIVIL PENALTIES: The maximum civil penalties for violation of this Ordinance shall be as follows:
    Littering Violation of GS 14-399:
    First Offense In accordance with GS 14-399
    Scavenging: Unauthorized salvaging of discarded items:
    1. First Offense 25.00
    2. Second Offense doubles
    3. Subsequent Offenses doubles 
    Illegal Dumping: Illegal dumping includes dumping prohibited materials or quantities of materials at County Solid Waste Facilities, or dumping in unapproved areas:
    1. First Offense 500.00
    2. Second Offense doubles
    3. Subsequent Offenses doubles
    Improper Storage: Storage of waste in a manner that provides harborage to rodents or vermin or which creates a fire or health hazard.
    1. First Offense 100.00
    2. Second Offense doubles
    3. Subsequent Offenses doubles
    Dumping in Waterways: Illegal dumping in waterways including streams, creeks, rivers, lakes or ponds.
    1. First Offense 500.00
    2. Second Offense doubles
    3. Subsequent Offenses doubles
    Improper Transportation: Improper transportation, improper vehicles or improper license by contract haulers of solid waste:
    1. First Offense 100.00
    2. Second Offense doubles
    3. Subsequent Offenses doubles
    Recyclable Corrugated Cardboard: Any solid waste hauler who disposes of waste containing twenty-five (25) percent or more by weight or volume of corrugated cardboard will be charged according to the following schedule:
    1. First Offense Written Warning
    2. Second OffenseTipping fee of twice the current tipping fee
    3. Subsequent OffensesTipping fee of three (3) times the current tipping fee
    Tires: Any person or business who improperly disposes of scrap tires or exceeds the maximum accumulation of scrap tires:
    1. First Offense: 500.00
    2. Second Offense: doubles
    3. Subsequent Offenses: doubles
    Other Violations: Violations of any other provision of this ordinance or the North Carolina Division of Solid Waste Management rules:
    1. First Offense  25.00
    2. Second Offense doubles
    3. Subsequent Offenses doubles
    EQUITABLE ENFORCEMENT: The provisions of this Ordinance may be enforced by equitable remedy, and any unlawful condition existing or in violation of this Ordinance may be enforced by injunction and other of abatement in accordance with the provision of G.S. 153A-123.
    In assessing the penalties under this Ordinance, the County Solid Waste Director shall consider such of the following factors as are pertinent:
    1. The number of previous violations;
    2. The number of communications with the offender prior to the subject violation;
    3. Steps taken by the person to try to comply;
    4. The estimated amount and quantity of solid waste in the offending load or situation.
    5. Prosecution:
    6. In addition to or in lieu of the civil penalties described herein, violations of this Ordinance may be prosecuted as misdemeanors in accordance with the General Statutes of North Carolina.  In the case of criminal violations, each day a violation occurs or continues to occur shall be a separate offense and that person or firm in violation of this Ordinance shall be subject to a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars (500.00) and imprisonment not exceeding thirty days (30) for each offense.
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