Albemarle Regional Solid Waste Management Authority (ARSWMA) is a county-level legal entity serving the Counties of Perquimans, Chowan, Gates, Dare, Currituck, Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington in northeastern North Carolina. It also serves the towns within these counties with the exception of the Town of Duck.
This area currently has approximately 108,000 permanent residents and hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
The Authority has a history dating to 1992.
The Authority members have a long-term waste disposal and transportation contract with Republic Services of NC, LLC, to use East Carolina Environmental Landfill in Bertie County, NC.
The waste is primarily sent to the East Carolina Environmental Landfill through the three transfer stations located in Dare County, Currituck County, and Perquimans County. Some waste is hauled to the landfill directly from the site of origin.
The towns and counties individually operate their solid waste management and recycling programs or contract for those services.
The Authority conducts centralized solid waste billing, data collection and reporting, hauler licensing and technical assistance for our members. We also assist our members with market research, special waste management program development, legislative updates, grant writing and educational services.
The Authority works under the administration of Albemarle Regional Health Services based in Elizabeth City, NC.