Rollout News

Cart & Bin Winter 2010
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Sanitation Director's message
Get a Free Roll-out Garbage Cart
Focus on Paper Recycling
Post-Holiday Recycling: Think twice before you toss the old to make room for the new!
Upcoming Collection Changes
Bulky Item Pick-Up Starts March 1

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Director’s Message
Why we collect at the curbside after winter storms
... and how you can find out about it

Winter storms make more than just the roads slippery. Snowy, slushy and icy conditions in yards make it dangerous for Sanitation collection crews to go into backyards to empty garbage cans. Even a moderate slope can pose trouble to a crew member pulling or pushing a collection cart that can weigh 50 pounds or more.

That is why we ask residents to put their garbage at the curb after winter storms. Days after the roads have been cleared, icy conditions can persist in backyards.

When we cancel, postpone, or move collections to the curbside after a winter storm, we post the information on our web site, and WSTV 13 (the city television station on TimeWarner Cable channel 13) scrolls the information across the bottom of the screen. We also send a news release to the local newspapers and television stations.

You can also find out about collection changes if you are a fan of the city’s Facebook page, if you follow us on Twitter, or if you have a MyCityofWS account. With the last two of these, you can receive a text message or an e-mail with the news.

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Information about MyCityofWS

roll-out garbage cartGet a Free Roll-out Garbage Cart

Residents who sign up for the city’s voluntary curbside collection program get free use of a sturdy, 96-gallon roll-out cart that’s big enough to hold 10 bags of garbage. The cart is yours to use at no charge for as long as you participate in the city’s curbside collection program.

Join the 50,000 other households who have signed up. To get a curbside roll-out cart or for more information, call City Link at 727-8000.

Curbside garbage pick-up service


Try to imagine spending a day without touching any paper product. It’s everywhere, in the magazines we read, the mail we receive, and the packaging for much of what we eat and just about everything we buy.

It’s no surprise, then, that paper accounts for anywhere from 33 to 40 percent of all waste going in landfills, depending on whose estimate you use. Recycling paper is a simple and effective way to reduce the amount of waste going into our landfills. This slows the pace at which our landfill site fills up, saving taxpayer money by stretching out the life of the landfill before it must be replaced.

Recycling paper also offers environmental benefits:

  • Paper that decomposes in a landfill releases methane gas, which is a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
  • Using old paper to make new paper uses 30 to 50 percent less energy than making paper from trees.
  • Pollution is reduced by 95 percent when used paper is made into new sheets.
  • Products made with recycled paper use 28 percent to 70 percent less energy in total.
  • Recycled paper does not need re-bleaching, meaning that fewer harmful chemicals are released into the environment. On the occasions where bleaching is required, oxygen rather than chlorine is usually used. This reduces the amount of dioxins which are produced as a by-product of the chlorine bleaching processes.

Buying Products with Recycled Paper

While it is important to recycle paper, it is equally important to buy recycled paper products. This ensures that there is a ready market for recycled products. There are recycled paper alternatives to most paper products, including commercial as well as domestic items. Increasingly, many paper products include a percentage of recycled paper as ‘the norm.’ The last Harry Potter book was printed in Canada on recycled paper!

The following cardboard and paper items can be recycled - place them in the recycle bins:

  • White paper
  • Colored paper
  • Chipboard boxes (cereal boxes etc.)
  • White and colored envelopes with windows
  • Booklets
  • Manuals
  • Fax paper
  • Greeting cards
  • Adding-machine tape
  • Carbon-less forms
  • Post-It notes
  • Soft-covered books with white pages
  • Manila folders
  • Telephone directories
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Fliers
  • The following are NOT accepted in recycling bins:

  • Pizza boxes
  • Coffee cups
  • Candy wrappers
  • Tissues
  • Paper towels
  • Carbon paper
  • Brown and kraft envelopes
  • (anything with food residue) 


    Officials in Pennsylvania determined that
    every ton of recycled paper saves:

    • 17 trees
    • 275 pounds of sulfur
    • 350 pounds of limestone
    • 9,000 pounds of steam
    • 60,000 gallons of water
    • 225 kilowatt hours of electricity
    • 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space

    Now that you know the facts about recycling paper, get out there and practice it!

    For more on paper recycling:


    Collection Changes for Martin Luther King, Jr. and Easter weeks

    City offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 18, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Garbage and curbside recycling collections for the week of Jan. 18 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.

    City offices will be closed Friday, April 2, for the Easter holiday. Curbside recycling and yard-waste collections for the week of March 29 will not be affected. Garbage collection for Tuesday through Thursday, March 29-April 1, will follow the normal schedule. Garbage routes for Friday, April 2, will be collected on Monday, April 5.

    The Sanitation Division publishes its holiday collection schedule for the year. You can refer to it online or print a copy to put on your refrigerator.

    The Sanitation web site has a yearly holiday schedule

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

    Post-Holiday Recycling:

    The holidays are over and your home may be a little more cluttered. Think twice before you toss the old to make room for the new!

    All Goodwill locations in the city accept any brand of used computer (including laptops) in any condition. They also accept just about anything that can be connected to a computer, including monitors, printers, cables and cords, mice, speakers, and keyboards.

    Learn more at:

    • Donate old clothing to homeless shelters, thrift stores, and other community organizations.
    • Donate useable old toys to family shelters or social-services organizations.

    think twice before sending items to the landfill

    Bulky Item Pick-Up Starts March 1

    Bulky items such as carpet, appliances, furniture, mattresses, etc., will be picked up by the city crews during the annual bulky item neighborhood cleanup, scheduled to start March 1 and go through Aug. 30.

    City trucks will go through your neighborhood only ONCE. Items placed at the curb behind the crews will not be collected. More information is posted online.

    Use this link to find out when our collection crew will be on your street:

    Bulky Item collection information 


    Sanitation pages:  

    Recycle Today pages:  

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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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