Bulky item pickup starts in March
If the junk is piling up and you’ve been putting off a trip to the landfill, the city is coming to your rescue: Starting March 5, the city will begin its annual bulky item pick-up. Bulky item collection is for single-family residences, not businesses or apartments.
Through Aug. 31, city crews will go through the city street by street, collecting bulky items that garbage crews cannot accept. Furniture, mattresses, appliances, grills and carpet, old toys, and lawn furniture can all be set out. But there are limits: The city cannot collect building materials, hazardous waste, tires, cement, cars and car parts, stumps, tanks and oil drums, fire wood or yard waste.
City crews will visit each neighborhood only once. The Sanitation Division will mail post cards in advance to let home owners know when bulky item collection will be held in their neighborhood.
Use the Internet to find out when your house is scheduled for bulky item collection. Go to www.bulkyitems.cityofws.org and follow the link to "Curbservice" to type in your address. Maps are also available in the North Carolina Room of the central branch of the Forsyth County Public Library, 660 W. Fifth St.
Collection changes for Easter and Memorial Day holidays
Easter (observed Friday, April 6)
- All garbage collections the week of April 2 will be moved up one day: Tuesday on Monday, Wednesday on Tuesday, etc.
- There will be no change in yard-waste or recycling collections.
Memorial Day (observed Monday, May 28)
- All yard-waste collections the week of May 28 will be postponed one day: Monday on Tuesday, Tuesday on Wednesday, etc.
- There will be no change in garbage or recycling collections.
Have you considered “plastic” wood?
If you’re ready to rebuild your deck, or maybe add one on to your house, think twice about your choice of building material. You don’t HAVE to use pressure-treated wood anymore. You can also use “plastic lumber.”
Plastic lumber has been around for a few years. It looks like wood (complete with “wood grain”) and it comes in standard lumber dimensions. But it’s made with recycled plastic. Most is made from High-Density Polyethylene, or HDPE. You will find this kind of plastic in milk jugs and shampoo and detergent bottles. Some plastic lumbers use a mix of recycled plastic and other materials such as wood fibers, rubber, and fiberglass. It comes in a variety of shades.
Plastic lumber costs more than regular wood, but it has many advantages that can save money in the long run. It holds nails about 90 percent better than wood; screws, 50 percent better. Statistics indicate that plastic lumber has a life of 40 years above ground and 20 years in water. Perhaps the biggest advantage is that it is maintenance-free. There is no need to treat it to prevent damage from insects and water.
Plastic lumber offers environmental advantages, too. Pressure-treated wood is saturated with hazardous chemicals to destroy insects. Sometimes these chemicals leach into the soil. Plastic lumber does not use chemicals or anything else harmful to the environment. Plastic wood recycles existing materials, keeping them out of landfills.
City residents recycled about 170 tons of colored and natural HDPE last year. The plastics that we recycle go to many profitable uses, and with plastic lumber you can “close the loop” by buying a product made with the recycled plastic. For that next deck project, consider plastic lumber.
We are still on the way!
A message from Sanitation Director Johnnie Taylor
As a rule, our crews have a routine that puts them at your house about the same time every collection day. We know from our calls that many citizens get accustomed to seeing their crew at a certain time on their collection day. So, it’s no surprise that we get calls from citizens when the crew doesn’t show up at the usual time. They wonder if the crew missed them.
If you find yourself in this position, here are some things to consider: Remember that the city has assigned you a day for collection, not a time. Although our crews have a routine, there are special circumstances that can keep them from showing up at the usual time, such as a road closure for construction or an accident — which might force the crew to vary their regular route. Sometimes mechanical problems delay crews from leaving the City Yard until later than usual.
We take great pride in providing the best service possible to the residents of Winston-Salem. If your crew has not shown up at the usual time, don’t worry, we are still on the way!
Of course, we’re human. If your garbage has not been picked up by 5 p.m. on your regular collection day (and the schedule was not changed because of a holiday or winter weather) call us immediately, and we’ll send someone out.
Improving service by recognizing our best workers
Last year, the Sanitation Division instituted a Crew of the Month program to increase morale and reduce the number of complaints we receive. The crew that has the fewest complaints about missed garbage collections is recognized, and receives a reward. Their picture is displayed in our building.
So far, several different crews have been recognized, and one crew has won the award twice. And it seems to be working. Since October, we have seen a reduction in the number of complaints, and a willingness by crews to be more helpful to the citizens.
Sanitation Crews of the Month
- Charles Honeycutt
- Robert Duckett
- Antonio Brown
- Curtis McLaurin
- Warren Richardson
- Haven Simons
- Darren Daniels
- Todd Samuels
- Michael Campbell
- Jacques Jenkins
- Steve Jackson
- Frank McLaurin
- Darren Daniels
- Todd Samuels
- Thomas Sherman
- Donald Gore
- Craig Taylor
- Reginald Sims
Tips for recycling glass
The city’s curbside recycling program accepts glass bottles and jars of clear, green and brown. Follow these easy steps:
- Remove caps or lids and discard.
- Rinse containers.
Please, DO NOT recycle ceramics, dishes, drinking glasses, light bulbs, mirrors, Pyrex, window glass, or any glass that is not a container.
On the City of Winston-Salem web site