With worker shortage, Dare DPW shifts services

By on April 26, 2021

Rodanthe recycling center to close among other moves

(Dare County)

It looks like the summer worker crunch has also impacted the Dare County Public Works Department, and subsequently, trash and recycling services. In this release they are announcing changes in those services which beginning at the beginning of next month.

The Dare County Public Works Department has announced a series of changes to its current trash collection and recycling services that will go into effect on Monday, May 3 due to current issues related to fully staffing the county’s sanitation department.

Due to a shortage of qualified drivers with a CDL license who are available to be hired — as well as the temporary absence of multiple Dare County Public Works Department employees who are currently on medical leave due to various conditions and circumstances, the county must alter its operations and priorities for several months in order to continue to provide the required sanitation services to Dare County residents and visitors.

The primary objective of the county’s plan is to consolidate its current employees in order to prioritize solid waste pickup and disposal. The services prioritized in Dare County’s current plan, in this order, are residential and commercial trash collection, servicing the Buxton Transfer Station, having the ability to haul recyclable materials to market and keeping recycling services available at three locations within Dare County.

In order to accomplish this plans and provide the services prioritized above, the county plans to do the following:

  • Continue recycling at Public Works in Manteo, the Buxton Transfer Station and the Kitty Hawk/Dare County Recycling Center.
  • Remove the recycling bins in Wanchese, Stumpy Point and Manns Harbor — and also close the recycling center in Rodanthe.
  • Discontinue hauling yard debris, C&D material and mattresses/trash from the Kitty Hawk recycle station.
  • Reassign the drivers who are providing the discontinued services above to trash collection and contract with an outside vendor to provide trash collection to fill any gaps in services.

The Dare County Public Works Department anticipates that its staff members will be fully recovered and able to return to their positions in mid- to late June, which will then allow the department to continue with its normal trash collection and recycling service operations. For more information, visit www.DareNC.com or contact Dare County Public Works Director Shanna Fullmer at 252-475-5844 or Shanna@DareNC.com.





  • Here's an idea bObBy

    How about contributing to county employees 401k so there is more incentive to stay with the county. Also it would help the employees afford to live here when they retire. Employees could also retire earlier. It also then becomes a competitive market and you’re likely to find quality employees, and hold on to the good ones because they wont want to loose their benefits if they quit or get fired. The way things are right now you’re lucky to have the employees you’ve got. I don’t often hear good things about working for Dare county from county employees. Overall morale has got to be low. Especially for the trash department. Have you seen how old the majority of the county cars are? Is there a single hybrid county car? What is the county doing to lower green house emissions?

    In a 10 year outlook, what do you think is the counties greatest area of concern?

    Monday, Apr 26 @ 4:38 pm
  • NC Beachy

    There is no ten year plan. This County has no plan except to see how much money they can rip off from their fellow citizens. If they had a ten year plan there would not be the housing crises we are in now. I have watched pieces of property bought up in Rodanthe Waves and Salvo that would have been great places for a park or a library but our county has no vision. A county commissioner told me a long time ago, we plan on building homes on every available piece of property so get used to it. Plans, Ha!

    Tuesday, Apr 27 @ 11:00 am
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