What is beach nourishment?Beach nourishment involves the dredging and placement of large amounts of sand from offshore sand sources. The sand is placed according to an engineered plan with specific criteria for a built beach and storm protection.
How will beach nourishment affect my visit to the Outer Banks?Many Outer Banks areas will not be impacted by the current project. However, if you are staying in or accessing beaches in portions of Duck, Kill Devil Hills, and Kitty Hawk between the months of May and September 2017*, you may be affected. Beach nourishment is also happening in Buxton on Hatteras Island. Detailed sand pumping location information will be available on the progress map, which will be updated during construction. Depending upon the location of the operations, you may experience some temporary construction noise, night illumination, and beach access diversions. Please be patient with our much needed project – beach nourishment is vital to our towns’ future.
Why does dredging take place in the summer months?Dredging operations offshore of the Outer Banks typically take place in the summer months because it is much safer for the crews working on the offshore dredge. The increased risk of safety and anticipated decreases in productivity in the winter months when sea conditions can shut down dredge operations were found to drive the costs of the projects up to a point where they would have no longer been financially viable.
The Recycling Department is responsible for processing and marketing recyclable material collected throughout unincorporated Dare County.
The department operates numerous drop off collection centers through out the County and offers commercial pick up of materials for businesses. The Recycling Department operates two (2) yard debris collection sites and manages disposal of automotive tires, motor oil, lead acid batteries, and used appliances. Periodically this department conducts special collections for pesticides and other household hazardous materials are conducted.
There are several drop-off recycling centers in Dare County. Some are located in the towns and some are in unincorporated Dare County. Most accept glass, aluminum and steel cans, some plastic (No. 1 & 2), paper and cardboard. Some County Centers accept used motor oil and old tires. Call 252.475.5890 for further information.