Public Services

The goal of the City of Southport’s Public Services Department is to provide full-service utilities to the citizens of Southport with the quality and care expected in a tightly-knit community. Our responsiveness and attention to detail help to contribute to Southport’s high quality of life. The Public Services Department strives to meet the challenges of our unique community and exceed the expectations of our citizens.

Public Services Staff

Department of Public Services
1010 North Howe Street, Southport, NC 28461   |   (910) 457-7935

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

New Utility Services  |  Tel: (910) 457-7900

Public Services Director
David Fox   |   Tel: (910) 457-7935

Assistant Public Services Director
Tom Stanley   |   Tel: (910) 457-7935

Department Administrative Assistant
Jackie Smith  |  Tel: (910) 457-7935

Electrical Superintendent
Paul ‘Ellie’ Pittenger   |   Tel: (910) 457-7938

Water Distribution ORC
Tom Stanley  |   Tel: (910) 457-7935

Garage Supervisor
Kevin Alley  |   Tel: (910) 457-7935

Vector Control, Mosquito
David Kelly  |  Tel: (910) 457-7935

After Hours (EMERGENCY ONLY): (910) 457-7935

Electrical Service Interuptions

The City of Southport does not guarantee continuous and uninterrupted electric service and shall not be liable for loss or damage caused by any failure to supply electricity or by any interruption or reversal of the supply of electricity unless due to the negligence of the City.

The customer shall notify the 24 Hour Emergency number promptly at 800-682-5309 of any defect in service or of any trouble or irregularity in the electric supply. In no event shall the City be responsible for any damage resulting during the customer’s delay in notifying the City of such trouble or irregularity.

Rates and Fees

For information on various rates and fees, please visit the finance page.

Residential Garbage, Recycling and Yard Debris, 910-457-7900

Recycle/Yard Debris, Residential, inside city limits – $10.33 per month

(not available for outside city limits, vacant lots or commercial property)


GFL Environmental will only pick up household garbage if it is in the proper container (95-gallon roll out cart). Please do not mix household garbage with recycles and/or yard waste; do not mix one waste with any other waste. Please have container to curb by 6 am.

Safety First

  • Completely extinguish charcoal grilling coals. If hot ashes are dumped into the trash truck, a fire will start. Over the last several years we have had several on board trash fires and actually lost a truck in 2012.Please bag trash. When drivers dump the carts into the truck, the ash dust, etc. can fly into their face and eyes. This creates a safety hazard for the crew. They do wear safety glasses but they still get covered.

Household Garbage: Every Tuesday

Pickup is very early in the AM so please have your carts to the street the night before.

Note: Cart roll out for handicapped persons will be provided upon request and completion of required paperwork.

The following items may be placed in your recycling container:

  • Aluminum and steel cans (clean)
  • Newspapers, mixed papers, junk mail, magazines and paperboard (i.e. cereal boxes)
  • Plastic containers #1-#5, #7
  • Corrugated cardboard (boxes must be broken down & flattened)
  • Green, brown and clear glass containers (clean)

Yard Debris: Every Wednesday

Yard Debris will only be serviced if:

  • Placed in approved resident owned and maintained 95-gallon roll out cart with  designated Yard Waste Decal OR
  • In biodegradable paper bags (no plastic bags of any type accepted) OR
  • Bundles must be securely tied in 5′ lengths and a maximum of 50 lbs. in weight.

The following will be picked up, per residence (choice of one):

  • 2 approved 95-gallon yard debris roll out carts with decal, plus 2 bundles OR
  • 1 approved 95-gallon yard debris roll out cart with decal,
  • plus 5 biodegradable paper bags, plus 2 bundles OR
  • 10 biodegradable bags plus 2 bundles.

Yard debris will not be serviced if:

  • Trash or recycle carts are used.
  • Trash or recycle is mixed in with yard waste in approved yard waste cart.
  • No vacant lots will be serviced.

No Commercial Service

Recycling Schedule

Curbside Recycling: Every other Tuesday

Beginning April 1, 2019,

The new schedule will still be every two weeks for each residence, as it has been in the past, but Schedule “A” will be the West side of Howe St & Rivermist.   Schedule “B” will be the East side of Howe St.

The county convenience site will accept recyclables at no charge.

County Solid Waste Convenience
Trash, Yard Waste & Recycling Site
8392 River Rd (Hwy 133)
Southport NC 28461
Phone: 457-9484
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

IMPORTANT: There is no pickup service for white goods, brown goods (mattresses, furniture & other bulk items) construction debris, lot clearing & tree removal or hazardous waste. Disposal is the responsibility of the resident. The convenience site (above) accepts some of those items for a fee. Please note that all electronics are banned from the land fill. They must be disposed of at a separate location at the land fill site. No electrons are accepted at the convenience site.

Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG)

Beat the Grease Goblin!

Did you know that most sanitary sewer backups occur between your home and the town’s sewer main? You can help prevent a costly and unsanitary overflow by following a few simple steps.


  1. Scrape excess grease in a container and dispose of in the garbage.
  2. Place food scraps in waste containers or garbage bags for disposal with solid wastes, or start a compost pile; promote use of scraping ware prior to washing.
  3. Place a wastebasket in the bathroom to dispose of solid wastes. Disposable diapers, condoms and personal hygiene products do not belong in the sewer system.
  4. Promote the concept of “3 R’s”: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.


  1. Pour grease, fats and oils from cooking down the drain.
  2. Use the toilet as a wastebasket.
  3. Use the sewer as a means of disposing food scraps.

Municipal Sewer Use Ordinance

Each year there are more than 15,000 sewer overflows in North Carolina. Many of these overflows are directly related to the improper disposal of oil and grease in kitchen drains. Grease congeals on sewer pipes, which causes wastewater to flow back into homes and businesses or directly into waterways.

Discharging oil and grease into municipal sewer pipes is 100% preventable. For further information on Southport’s municipal sewer use ordinance, contact David Fox at (910) 457-7958 or (910) 457-7935. You can make a difference!

Energy Saving Tips

Recycling Information

Please take personal responsibility to recycle!

Old soda bottles and empty milk jugs are no longer just garbage. They must be recycled. A new state law took effect October 1, 2009 that prohibits all plastic bottles from being disposed of in landfills. For several years, the City of Southport has offered curbside recycling to all residences within our city limits. The City provides a blue recycling cart that is picked up bi-weekly. We are encouraging all residents who have not participated in this program to please do so.

If you do not have a cart, please contact our Public Services Department at (910) 457-7935

For businesses and residences outside the City limits, Brunswick County offers a Drop-off Facility in the Southport area.

County Solid Waste Collection & Recycling Site
8392 River Rd (Hwy 133)
Southport NC 28461
Get Directions
Tel: (910) 457-9484
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
There is no charge for dropping off recycled items.

We are encouraging everyone to take a personal responsibility in doing their part to recycle. Other items that can be recycled are:

  • Aluminum and steel cans (clean)
  • Newspapers, mixed papers, junk mail, magazines and paperboard (i.e. cereal boxes)
  • #1-#5 & #7 plastic containers
  • Corrugated cardboard (boxes must be broken down & flattened)
  • Green, brown and clear glass containers (clean)


All irrigation meters in the City of Southport are required to have a backflow prevention device.  This device is designed to ensure potable water provided by the City remains safe throughout the water distribution system.

New irrigation meters (and existing irrigation meters that have been removed or turned off) should follow the following procedures.

If a new meter is requested for irrigation, the customer will need to contact the City of Southport to request an irrigation tap.

Once the irrigation tap is installed by the City of Southport, the customer will then contact a plumber to install the backflow prevention device.  Once the device is installed, the customer will notify the City of Southport and the device will be inspected by a County certified inspector (at the City’s cost).  Once the inspection is complete and the device is approved, the county will send results to the City and the City will install the irrigation meter.

After the meter is installed, the customer must have the backflow prevention device tested for proper operation by a 3rd party certified backflow tester prior to using the meter.  The cost for this testing is the responsibility of the customer.  When this testing is complete, the report should be forwarded to the City by the customer.  Once the report is received indicating the device passed testing, the water will be turned on by Public Works Department.

All backflow prevention devices are required to be re-tested annually by a third party.

Please note these measures are not only required by the City, they are in place to ensure the safety of our water supply.

Local Certified Backflow Testers

  • Brunswick Plumbing – Southport NC – 910.457.1709
  • Sunny Wright – Brunswick Co – 910.880.4178
  • Hughes Plumbing – Ocean Isle – 910.575.3217
  • Reeves Plumbing – Ocean Isle – 910.579.2946
  • Winnabow Plumbing – Southport – 910.253.4184
  • Michael Thompson – Southport – 910.454.9978
  • J. Rodriguez  – Wilmington – 910.264.1357

Irrigation Meter Checklist

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