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County households receiving new trash permits

Residents who live in unincorporated areas throughout the county will receive a new solid waste permit in the mail soon.

Wilson County Solid Waste Services officials are preparing for the new blue color-coded solid waste permits to 11,000 households, which will be mailed out between November and December.

The blue permit will replace the orange permits residents currently use and remain valid till January 2020. That permit allows residents to utilize any of the 12 convenience centers throughout the county for household garbage and recycling in addition to the landfill. Once residents receive the blue permits, the orange permits can be thrown in the garbage because those permits are no longer valid.

“We are sending the new permit out in phases,” said Andy Davis, director of Wilson County Solid Waste Services. Staff are doing all the work to get these out along with daily activities. So, it will take some time.

Davis said if you don’t receive your new blue permit, don’t panic. It will take officials between now and end of December to distribute the new permits to 11,000 households. But if you don’t receive the permit by January 1, contact us at 252-399-2823.

Permits are issued every three years using different colors. Residents living in unincorporated areas are charged $35.00 per year. The fee is listed as “Solid Waste Availability Fee” on property owners’ tax bills.

Each district household is entitled to receive two permits free of charge in a 3-year period. Staff will only mail one permit to start with. Residents may call and request the second permit from Solid Waste Services office at 252-399-2823.

The permits will be mailed to property owners. So, if you rent a lot/home in unincorporated area of the county, you will need to contact your landlord to receive your permit.  Solid Waste Staff will not send the permit to the home address unless the owner lives there.

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