Important Updates

Staff is currently working through logistics with Waste Industries regarding the company’s taking over trash and recycling collection for the Town of Beaufort. In an effort to ensure the transition goes as smoothly as possible, it has been decided to wait until April before transferring that service completely to Waste Industries. A firm date will be announced in mid-March. In the meantime, Public Works will continue to collect household waste on Mondays, recycling on Tuesdays and yard and bulk items on Wednesdays. We will continue to seek public input in the coming weeks. Please email any concerns, questions or suggestions to Public Information Officer Jennifer Allen at

Talk Trash” with a representative from Waste Industries will be held 4-6 p.m. Feb. 22, 4-6 p.m. March 8 and 4-6 p.m. March 22 in the Train Depot, 614 Broad St. Citizens are encouraged to come and ask any questions they have about the new trash collection process. If you can't make these informal meetings, you can check out this film made in Hillsborough that shows how easy the carts are to handle and where to place properly for pick up.

Ricks Avenue is closed to through traffic until further notice due to a failed 36" culvert, which has caused a sink hole in the roadway. Crews are currently being scheduled for repairs. Updates will be provided as they become available. Contact Town Hall at 252-728-2141 for more details.

In recent years, the Town has made great strides in preserving and managing the community tree canopy.

These efforts included the Board of Commissioners appointing citizens to the Town’s newly established Tree Board; staff, in conjunction with the N.C. Forestry Service, completed an urban canopy inventory, which is a record of the condition, size, and height of the Town’s 1,174 trees in public areas; and Beaufort held its first Arbor Day celebration. 

In recognition of these efforts, Beaufort was designated in 2013 as a Tree City USA for the first time, one of 70 communities in the state with this honor. Tree City USA is a national program sponsored by The Arbor Day Foundation and administered in the state by the N.C. Forest Service, according to The program provides direction, technical assistance, public education and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities across America. North Carolina currently has 70 Tree City USA communities. 

Beaufort was recently notified that it was named a 2015 Tree City USA.

To qualify for Tree City USA status, a town or city must meet four standards established by The National Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. Standards are: a volunteer-based tree board, commission or city department with legal responsibility for the care of public trees; a municipal tree ordinance that designates the establishment of a tree board or department and gives this body the responsibility for developing and implementing a community forestry work plan; a Community Forestry Budget of at Least $2 Per Capita; and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation for which the community is to issue a mayoral or equivalent Arbor Day proclamation and sponsors or participates in an Arbor Day observance.
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization that was founded in 1972. The Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners.

For more information about the town’s Tree City USA designation, contact Wade Keeler, Administrative Specialist and Community Outreach with the Town of Beaufort, at or 728-3175 ext. 225.