Sanitation News

Cart & Bin Autumn 2008

Garbage route mapIn this Edition
Are you ready for a roll-out cart?
Recycling is moving forward
Shop green on Black Friday
Sanitation garbage collection-day maps now posted online
Bulk container rental and collection service available
Collection changes for Thanksgiving holiday 

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Collection changes for Thanksgiving Holiday

City offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 & 28, for the Thanksgiving holiday. During the week of Thanksgiving, garbage collections on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be moved up a day; Friday collections will be made on Monday, Dec. 1.

Thursday and Friday recycling collections will be postponed one day: Thursday on Friday, and Friday on Saturday.

Monday and Tuesday yard-waste cart collections will be made on Monday, Wednesday yard cart collections will be made on Tuesday, and Thursday yard cart collections will be made on Wednesday.

From the Director

Another successful bulky item season

Bulky item pick-up collections for the year have concluded, and all around, this year was one of our smoothest. For that, we thank the citizens. Even though there was a lot to pick up this year, the collections ran smoothly, thanks to the vast majority of citizens who followed the rules for bulky item collection.

For the year, we collected 1,089 truckloads of trash, totaling 2,374 tons.

I would like to say thank you to everyone who made bulky item collection this year a smooth and efficient operation.

Sanitation garbage collection-day maps now posted online

The Sanitation Division’s Web pages now include a map showing the garbage collection day for every street in the city. Viewers can zoom in on the map to determine the number of the truck that serves their street and the name of the crew supervisor for that truck. Route map

Next up: A similar map for yard-cart collections.

Are you ready for a roll-out cart?

Interest in the city’s voluntary curbside collection program continues to grow. More than 50,000 roll-out carts have now been distributed. Households that sign up for curbside collection receive free use of a sturdy brown roll-out garbage cart that is theirs to use for as long as they participate in the program.

On average, about 100 more households sign up every week.

The carts hold 96 gallons – about the equivalent of ten garbage bags. Participating households agree to have the carts out by 6 a.m. on their collection day and remove them from the curb within 24 hours of being emptied.

More information about voluntary curbside collection. Use the online form to sign up or call City Link at 727-8000.

Bulky items picked by crew

Winston-Salem Recycling 2007-08

Steel Cans - 176.1 tons
Alum. Cans - 99.1 tons
Plastic Bottles - 498.9 tons
Glass Bottles/Jars - 1,794.4 tons
Newspaper - 7,133.9 tons
Mixed Paper/Office Paper - 660.5 tons
Cardboard - 176.1 tons
TOTAL: 10,539 tons


Need a new, a replacement or a second recyling bin?

Send an e-mail to Waste Management, the city's curbside recycling partner: or call 72-EARTH or call City Link at 727-8000.

Recycling is moving forward

North Carolina municipal and county recycling programs continue to make great strides. During the last fiscal year, local governments set new records of 1.35 million tons recycled and over 300 pounds per capita of materials recovered, according to the N.C. Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance.

Here in Winston-Salem, we recycled 10,539 tons of materials last year – that’s more than 21 million pounds! This keeps materials out of the landfill and saves natural resources. For example, every ton of plastic bottles recycled saves about 3.8 barrels of oil, according to the American Chemistry Council. For the year, the 498.9 tons of plastic bottles recycled in Winston-Salem saved 1,896 barrels of oil – not a lot in the greater scheme of things, but we’re just one city out of thousands that have municipal recycling programs. Together, we do have an impact. 

Green spotlight on paper

Here are some interesting tidbits about paper recycling, provided by the American Paper & Forest Association:

  • More than 56 percent of the paper consumed in the U.S. during 2007 was recovered for recycling – an all-time high.
  • In total, 54.3 million tons of paper and paper-board products were recovered last year in the United States – approximately 360 pounds for every man, woman and child in the country, up from 233 pounds per person in 1990.
  • Enough paper was recovered for recycling last year to fill 130 Empire State Buildings.
  • The amount of paper being recovered far exceeds the amount sent to landfill sites. Every ton of paper that is recovered saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
  • Nearly 80 percent of America’s paper mills use recovered fiber to make some or all of their products. Approximately 140 mills use recovered paper exclusively.
  • Recovered paper accounts for about 37 percent of the raw product used by U.S. paper mills.

Bulk container rental and collection service available

Did you know the Sanitation Division has a commercial collection service for businesses, restaurants, churches, schools and institutions, and apartments and condominium developments?

The commercial collection service has flexible service plans to match every need, including daily collection. It can service 4-, 6- and 8-cubic-yard containers and can make unscheduled pick-ups when needed.

The division rents containers or can provide collection service only, for customers that have a container – all at competitive rates.

To receive bulk collection service or for more information, call City Link at 727-8000 and ask to speak with someone in the Sanitation Division about commercial collections.

Shop green on Black Friday

Woman with lots of shopping bagsThe day after Thanksgiving – sometimes called "Black Friday” – is the busiest single shopping day of the holiday season. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, an extra million tons of waste are generated nationwide each week. Twenty-five percent more trash is thrown away during this holiday season than any other time of the year! This year, if you’re out on Black Friday, remember to shop green:

  • Not sure what to get someone? How about a gift certificate? That way, you know the gift will be kept or used.
  • Consider nonmaterial gifts. Tickets to a sporting event, movie, concert, or a play are a real treat that don't require much packaging.
  • Thousands of paper and plastic bags end up in landfills every year. When you go shopping, bring your own reusable bags and reduce the number of bags thrown out. Tell store clerks that you don’t need a bag for small or oversized purchases.
  • Always look for items made with recycled content.
  • Think durable! Consider how long an item will last before you buy it.

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