Rollout News

Cart & Bin Winter 2012
new rollout recycling cartIn this Edition

Get ready for rollout recycling
Landfill Computer Ban
Holiday Collection Changes
Productivity Soars with Automated Leaf Trucks
Christmas Tree Collection
Bulky Item Collection to Start February 27 

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Get ready for rollout recycling

Come April 2, all curbside recycling in Winston-Salem will switch to BIWEEKLY rollout recycling with a 96-gallon blue rollout cart for all household recyclables.

In preparation for the switch, Recycle Today is distributing recycling carts in advance, starting the week of Jan. 9 and continuing through March. DO NOT use the cart until April 2! Continue to use your green carry-out bin through the end of March. (Roll-out carts require different collection trucks that will not enter service until April.) If you do not have a green bin, put your recycling in a bag (paper or plastic) until April.

Residents in those pilot neighborhoods with 64-gallon recycling carts will have their carts replaced with the larger 96-gallon carts.

When rollout recycling begins April 2, neighborhoods will be designated for “red week” or “blue week” collection. A brochure delivered to households with the carts will indicate their collection week, and have guidelines for using the cart.

In addition, citizens will be able to look up their collection week online on the Recycle Today web pages. Most households will have their recycling collected on the same day of the week as before. Some households will have to change collection days. These households will be notified in a separate mailing.

Rollout recycling offers these advantages:

  • No sorting is required. Just put all your recyclables in the cart.
  • The 96-gallon cart provides more than five times the capacity of the 18-gallon bin.
  • Biweekly collection! You only have to put out your cart every other week.
  • The cart consolidates the storage of your recyclables between pick-ups and protects them from the weather.
  • Biweekly, automated collection reduces collection time, saving fuel and reducing emissions


Holiday Collection Changes

City offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

CityLink, the city’s 24-hour citizen service call center, will be open to assist citizens.

Garbage and recycling will follow the normal schedule.

All yard-waste cart collections will be postponed one day.

The holiday collection schedule for 2012 is posted on the Sanitation web pages.

Holiday Schedule


Landfill Computer Ban

If the holidays brought a new television or computer to your household, remember that you can’t throw out your old computer. State law now prohibits computers, televisions, printers, scanners, keyboards, and other computer peripherals from landfills.

These items can be recycled at any Goodwill drop-off center. Winston-Salem residents also have the option of taking old TVs and computer equipment to 3RC, the Envirostation, at 1401 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, across from Bowman Gray Stadium.

Businesses should contact 3RC or Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina to arrange a commercial drop-off.

3RC Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility

Electronics banned from Landfill 

Plastic bottles banned from Landfill 

Yard waste (leaves, grass clippings, etc.) banned from Landfill 


Productivity Soars with Automated Leaf Trucks

When Sanitation officials bought automated leaf-collection trucks for some routes, they hoped that the new trucks would spend more time collecting leaves and less time making trips to the yard-waste facility to empty their loads. This has turned out to be the case – and then some!

A typical leaf crew of three people can collect four to five truck loads a day. Each automated truck, with a built–in collection nozzle that the driver controls from inside the cab, is averaging 15 to 17 loads a day. And each load is roughly a third bigger, because of the truck’s larger capacity.

It’s a more efficient operation, and safer, too, because the operator is inside the cab and away from the equipment.

For leaf collection 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 

Christmas Tree Collection

The city will collect Christmas trees after the holidays and put them to good use as mulch for its parks and roadsides. Residents in single family homes inside the city limits can put their Christmas trees at the curb for pick-up by city brush crews. All lights, decorations, stands and nails must be removed from trees. Please be aware that it may take several weeks to collect all the trees.

People who live in apartments, who live outside the city limits or who want to dispose of their trees quickly can take them to the following recreation centers for recycling through January 28:

  • Crawford Park, 4226 Oak Ridge Dr.
  • Hanes Hosiery Recreation Center, 501 Reynolds Blvd.
  • Hanes Park (tennis court parking lot), 625 West End Blvd.
  • Little Creek Recreation Center, 610 Foxcroft Dr.
  • Old Town Recreation Center (tennis court parking lot), 4550 Shattalon Dr.
  • Parkland Park (tennis courts), 1660 Brewer Rd.
  • Polo Park (swimming pool parking lot), 1850 Polo Rd.
  • Salem Lake (at the gate), 1001 Salem Lake Rd.
  • Sprague Street Recreation Center, 1350 E. Sprague St.
  • Winston Lake, in the Ray Agnew football field parking lot, 1199 Waterworks Rd. 

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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