Collection Changes for Summer Holidays
Independence Day (celebrated Wednesday, July 4)
- Garbage routes for Tuesday will be collected Monday, July 2; Wednesday garbage routes will be collected on Tuesday, July 3; Thursday and Friday collections will not be affected.
- Yard-waste collections for Wednesday and Thursday will be postponed a day: Wednesday on Thursday, July 5, and Thursday on Friday, July 6.
- There will be no change in curbside recycling collections.
Labor Day (celebrated Monday, September 3)
- All yard-waste collections will be postponed one day: Monday on Tuesday, Tuesday on Wednesday, etc.
- There will be no change in garbage or curbside recycling collections.
Curbside Recycling Expands
Plastic: You can now recycle all types of plastic bottles (#1 through #7) with the exception of motor oil bottles. Please remove lids, rinse and flatten.
Aerosol cans: Now accepted. Empty the container and remove the lid.
Corrugated Cardboard: You no longer have to tie corrugated cardboard in bundles for curbside recycling. Flatten all corrugated, no larger than 3-by-3 feet, and set out next to your recycling bin.
Feed the Bin and Win!
Through Aug. 2, Recycle Today and Waste Management Inc. are jointly sponsoring a contest to promote household recycling with a “Feed the Bin and Win” contest that is giving away $100 a week.
The contest is open to all single-family households in Winston-Salem that are served by the city’s curbside recycling program. Households enter by sending in an entry card that was mailed to every house in the city or by using the form available online.
Starting the week of April 16, a card will be drawn at random each week. If that household sets out its recycling that week, they could win $100. Eligible winners must have recycled properly by placing only acceptable recyclable materials in their bin. If the $100 is not won, the prize will roll over to the next week, giving the next household a chance to win $200. The contest will conclude Aug. 2.
“Recycling is one simple way we can all help the environment,” said Mayor Allen Joines. “It reuses materials and reduces the amount of waste going into our landfill. I encourage all city residents with curbside recycling to Feed the Bin, and we’ll all win.”
The entry form, contest rules and recycling guidelines are available online at www.cityofws.org/recycling.
Yard-waste Carts - Time to Renew Stickers
City residents with yard-waste carts must purchase 2007-2008 stickers by June 30 if they want the city to continue to empty the cart with no interruption in collection. The fee is $50 to have the cart emptied once a week. Households are limited to three carts and each cart must have a sticker.
Residents can order and pay for stickers online. Go to www.cityofws.org and click on the “Pay Bills” link. Or go directly to: http://www.cityofws.org/Home/PayBills/Articles/PayBills
Stickers may also be purchased at the revenue center in the Stuart Municipal Building, 100 E. First St.; at the Black Phillips Smith Government Center, 2301 N. Patterson Ave.; or at the City Warehouse, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Residents may also have the sticker mailed to them by calling 747-6953 and paying with their VISA or Mastercard.
Stickers are good from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008 and must be purchased and placed on the cart to have a cart emptied for the year or any portion thereof. For more information call the city's Sanitation Division at 727-2638.
Sanitation Crews of the Month
Each month the Sanitation Division honors the crew that provides the best service and has the fewest complaints about missed service. Here are the best crews for the past three months:
Sanitation Crews of the Month 2007
- April, Truck 447:
- Moses Belton
- Donald Clark
- Lorenzo Bryant
- March, Truck 447:
- Moses Belton
- Donald Clark
- Lorenzo Bryant
- February, Truck 449:
- Ernest Brinkley
- William Tyson
- Anthony Bell
Bulky Item Reminder
The city’s annual bulky item collection is going on through Aug. 31. City crews will visit each house once -- collecting bulky items that garbage crews cannot accept. Furniture, mattresses, appliances, grills, 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.
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.cityofws.org and choose "Bulky Items" from the Most Requested drop-down list, or use this link: http://www.cityofws.org/curbservice/ and type in your address. Maps are also available in the North Carolina Room of the main branch of the Forsyth County Public Library, 660 W. Fifth St.
On the City of Winston-Salem web site