Solid Waste Program

Waste Collection Center in Wardtown
A Waste Collection Center in Wardtown featuring single stream recycling boxes and an oil and battery depository. 



The Northampton County Refuse Disposal Department consists of two components: the sanitary landfill/transfer station and the convenience centers.

Northampton County began operation of its last landfill cell in April 1988. It included a liner, leachate collection and monitoring wells. Beginning in January 1989, the County began operation of its weigh scales, computerized data collection, and tipping fees. Northampton County ceased accepting solid waste for burial on March 31, 2009 with the commencement of the transfer station operation.

Brush continues to be accepted at the landfill and is kept separate from the other debris. Periodically, the County burns the brush. Metal is also collected at the landfill for sale to scrap metal vendors.

In support of Board-adopted Goals & Objectives, there was established in 2006 a series of manned Convenience Centers, now re-named Waste Collection Centers, consisting of a single stationary compactor with traffic access available to both sides. Open top boxes are also provided for the collection of bulk items. Recycling bins are in place at the sites as well as facilities for the collection of used oil. The first such site, Birdsnest, was opened in January 2006. Bayview became operational in July 2006 and Wardtown shortly thereafter in September 2006. Hare Valley opened in June 2008 and the fifth site, Cheapside, commenced operations in January 2011. Eastville, the County’s sixth and final waste collection site, commenced operations in January 2014.

These manned sites offer safe, clean and environmentally secure solid waste disposal as well as recycling opportunities for the County’s citizens by reducing the number of unmanned greenbox locations from approximately 28 randomly placed sites to 6 strategically located waste collection centers. An attendant staffs each site during all hours of operation, answers questions and offers assistance to those citizens needing help with their waste disposal. Having an attendant present on site eliminated problems of scavenging and, in some cases loitering, at the old greenbox sites. In addition, loose blowing litter and unsightly piles of waste and bulk items placed in and around the former greenbox sites have been eliminated.

A key feature of the Waste Collection Centers is the recycling component. A multi-year contract, entered into jointly with Accomack County, was executed with Tidewater Fibre Corporation of Chesapeake, Virginia, to provide at least weekly pickup of recycling products for transport to TFC’s Chesapeake facility, utilizing its unique single-stream recycling process. This innovative technique allows all recycling products to be commingled at the Waste Collection Centers rather than having to be separated by the consumer. Glass, paper, plastic and cardboard are accepted and are generating approximately 27 tons per month county-wide, approximately 53.5 % of the total from the two Shore counties. In fact, when the Centers began operation, three recycling containers were in place at each site. Since that time, the number of containers has doubled at some of the sites due to the demand by County residents.

Contact Information

Ronald Rowe 
Director of Solid Waste & Recycling
Phone: 757-331-2699

Northampton County Sanitary Landfill
20371 Seaside Rd.
Cape Charles, VA 23310

Monday Saturday: 8:00AM-3:30PM

Winter Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-3:30PM
Saturday: 8:00AM-12:00PM
Winter Hours are effective
November 1 - February 28 each year

The Winter Hours Schedule Operates at the Northampton County Sanitary Landfill between November and February.
That means that on Saturdays, the landfill's operating hours will be 8:00AM to 12:00 noon.

Please plan your solid waste disposal accordingly.

Waste Collection Centers
Hours of operation:

Monday-Saturday 7:30AM-6:00PM
Sunday: 1:00-6:00PM

: 9005 Birdsnest Drive, Birdsnest, VA 23307

Eastville: 15552 Courthouse Rd. Eastville, VA 23347

Wardtown: 8427 Occohannock Neck Rd., Exmore, VA 23350

Bayview: 22564 Bayview Circle, Cape Charles, VA 23310

Hare Valley: 10195 Hare Valley Dr. Exmore, VA 23350

Cheapside: 26371 Arlington Road, Cape Charles, VA

The waste collections sites and the sanitary landfill are closed on the following holidays:

January 1st (New Year's Day)
Last Mon. in May (Memorial Day)
July 4th (Independence Day)
Fourth Thursday in November (Thanksgiving Day)
December 25th (Christmas Day)

Northampton County Administrative Office
16404 Courthouse Rd.
PO Box 66
Eastville, VA 23347
Phone: 757-678-0440
Fax: 757-678-0483