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Cart & Bin Winter 2011
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Director’s Message
Leaf collection begins Nov. 1
Have an eco-friendly Thanksgiving
Shop green on Black Friday
Collection changes for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays

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Director’s Message
We’re switching to curbside garbage collection

The first phase of our shift to curbside garbage collection wrapped up Sept. 13 when we completed distribution of rollout garbage carts to all single-family homes in the city. We are now concentrating on condos and townhomes.

Remember to start using the cart as soon as it is delivered. If you want, we will recycle your old garbage cans – just leave them at the curb with a note on them.

The city’s new curbside collection program requires all households to roll their garbage cart to the curb. 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.

Finally, don’t be tempted to use your garbage cart for yard waste. Yard-waste collection is a separate service the city provides for a fee. 

Sanitation web site 

Curbside Collection

Exemptions are available in cases where no one in the household is physically able to roll out the cart. Individuals who receive an exemption will continue to have backyard collection, but they must provide their own garbage cans.


Leaf collection begins November 1

Leaf collection will begin on November 1, 2010. Follow these guidelines:

  • Rake leaves to the edge of your yard, behind the curb, and not in the street.
  • Sticks, rocks, and other debris may damage our equipment. Please, leaves only.
  • Do not park vehicles on, in front of, or near your leaves.
  • Do not put your leaves on a tarp.
  • Leaf collection is provided to single-family houses only.

Inclement weather may force a change in the leaf collection schedule. To follow daily progress, go to our Leaf Collection Schedule page. Remember, you MAY NOT burn leaves inside the city limits. For year-round leaf collection, put leaves in a city yard-waste cart.

(Call City Link at 727-8000 for information about how to get a yard cart.)

Leaf Collection route and progress map 

Yard-waste cart information 

Have an eco-friendly Thanksgiving

To make your Thanksgiving celebration as eco-friendly as possible, start with the three Rs of conservation: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. 

Reduce the amount of waste you produce:

  • Buy only as much as you need and chose products that come in packaging that can be recycled.
  • Make your Thanksgiving meal special by using china, glassware, and flatware instead of disposable plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Purchase your Thanksgiving cooking items in bulk quantities and use the extra for your Christmas menu. This eliminates extra trips to the grocery store and reduces excess packaging.


  • Carry reusable bags when you do your shopping.
  • Use cloth napkins that can be washed and used again.
  • When inviting guests to your Thanksgiving dinner, ask them to bring reusable containers to take home left-overs.

Recycle all plastic, glass, and aluminum containers.

  • If you don’t already have a compost bin, use your Thanksgiving fruit and vegetable trimmings to start one. The compost will enrich the soil in your garden next spring.

NEVER dispose of oil for deep-frying your turkey down the sink or a storm drain. (Cooking oils, fats, and grease eventually block in pipes, cause sewer overflows, and cooking oils in water prevent aquatic life from getting oxygen.) Recycle your leftover cooking oil at 3RC Envirostation at 1401 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Can the Grease! 

Recycle Today web site 

3RC Envirostation information 



Collection changes for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays


Observed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25 & 26. Garbage collections on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be moved up a day; Friday collections will be made on Monday, Nov. 29.

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

Yard Waste Carts: Monday and Tuesday yard-waste cart collections will be made on Monday, Nov. 22. Wednesday yard cart collections will be made on Tuesday, and Thursday yard cart collections will be made on Wednesday.


Observed Friday, Dec. 24. Garbage collections on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will follow the normal schedule. Friday collections will be made on Monday, Dec. 27.

Curbside recycling and yard-cart collections will follow the normal schedule.


Shop green on Black Friday

The day after Thanksgiving – sometimes called ‘black Friday”– is the busiest single shopping day of the holiday season. 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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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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