Sanitation News

Cart & Bin Winter 2011
Recycle those plastic bottles!In this Edition

Are you recycling enough?
Sanitation Collection Changes for MLK Holiday
Winter Storms Can Affect Sanitation Collections
Final Round of Leaf Collection in Progress
Recycle Old Cell Phones & Printer Cartridges
Bulky Item Collection to Start Feb. 28

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Are you recycling enough?

The Winston-Salem city code requires that all garbage be bagged and placed inside your roll-out cart. Do NOT set out excess bags at the curb. Bagging garbage prevents windblown litter and discourages vermin. Your cart must be at the curb by 6 a.m. on your collection day and no earlier than 5 p.m. the night before. Carts must be removed from the curb by 8 a.m. the day after collection. Exceptions will be made during schedule changes due to emergencies or holidays.

If you have more garbage than will fit, retain the excess garbage for the next collection.

If you routinely have more garbage than can fit in the rollout cart, you can request a second or third cart. However, an annual service fee of $40 will be charged for each additional cart.

Better yet, look at what you’re throwing away. Cardboard (corrugated and chipboard), newspapers, magazines, junk mail and office paper, glass jars and bottles, plastic bottles with a neck, metal and aluminum cans – all of it can go in your curbside recycling bin.

For more information about recycling, visit

Final Round of Leaf Collection in Progress

The third and final round of leaf collection began Jan. 3 in neighborhoods on the north side of town. Collection crews will move clockwise through city neighborhoods. The Sanitation Division has a web page that tracks the progress of collection crews.

Leaf Routes Collection map and information


Sanitation Collection changes for MLK holiday

City offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 17, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

Garbage and curbside recycling collections for the week of Jan. 17 will not be affected.

Yard-waste collections will be postponed a day all week. Yard-waste carts normally emptied on Monday will be emptied on Tuesday, Tuesday on Wednesday, etc.

For more information, call City Link at 727-8000.

The 2011 Sanitation holiday collection schedule is posted online and can be printed out for quick reference.


Winter Storms Can Affect Sanitation Collections

Changes in garbage, yard-cart, or recycling collection because of a winter storm will be posted on the city’s home page and scrolled on WSTV 13 (channel 13 on Time Warner Cable in Forsyth County). The city also notifies local television and radio stations of collection changes.

For a fool-proof way to get the word, follow the city on Twitter and ask to have our tweets sent to your cell phone. You can also get the word by becoming a fan of our Facebook page.

City of Winston-Salem on Facebook 

City of Winston-Salem on Twitter 

Recycle Old Cell Phones & Printer Cartridges

You can recycle old cell phones and empty inkjet and laser toner cartridges. It's as easy as 1,2,3:

  1. Obtain a postage prepaid bag (see below).
  2. Insert your empty cartridge(s) or cell phone(s) into the bag. No cell phone chargers accepted.
  3. Drop the bag into any U.S. Postal Service mailbox or give it to your local postal carrier.

Bags are available by calling 727-8153 or can be picked up in the Lobby of the Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building, 100 E. First Street. Place toner cartridges in a box and tape the bag on top of the box.

Why recycle? Each year, more than 300 million plastic printer cartridges end up dumped in landfills in the United States and around the world. For every cartridge that is remanufactured, over a pound of plastics is withheld from the waste stream. The plastic in each laser toner cartridge takes three and a half quarts of oil to produce, and each new inkjet cartridge requires two and a half ounces of oil.

Bulky Item Collection to Start Feb. 28

The city will begin its annual bulky item collection on Feb. 28. Collection will run through August. City crews will pass through each neighborhood once to collect such items as carpet, appliances, furniture, mattresses, etc..

Households will receive a postcard with their collection date. Homeowners will also be able to enter their address online to learn their collection date.

For complete information about bulky item collection, including a list of what can and cannot be collected, go to the Bulky Items page on the city web site.

Bulky Item Collection web page 

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CITY OF WINSTON-SALEM - Mayor: Allen Joines; City Council: Vivian H. Burke, Mayor Pro Tempore, Northeast Ward; Denise D. Adams, North Ward; Dan Besse, Southwest Ward; Robert C. Clark, West Ward; Molly Leight, South Ward; Wanda Merschel, Northwest Ward; Derwin L. Montgomery, East Ward; Wanda Merschel, Northwest Ward; James Taylor Jr., Southeast Ward; City Manager: Lee Garrity


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