Solid Waste Disposal 

The Utilities Department is responsible for providing Winston-Salem and Forsyth County residents, businesses, industry, and contractors and developers access to facilities for the safe disposal of solid waste. The Solid Waste Division operates one landfill for municipal solid waste, another for construction and demolition debris, and two yard waste facilities.

Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Disposal

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities operates a state-permitted, active, MSW landfill on Hanes Mill Road. This is a composite lined landfill permitted to accept MSW from the following Counties:

  • Davie
  • Forsyth
  • Stokes
  • Surry
  • Yadkin

In addition to residential and commercial municipal solid waste, Hanes Mill Road Solid Waste Facility accepts construction debris, which may also be taken to Old Salisbury Road Landfill. Industrial process or other special waste is accepted by prior approval only.

Landfill Safety Guidance

Individuals and companies should consult the memo linked below for safety rules, guidelines and related policies at our solid waste facilities. 

Landfill Safety Guidance (PDF)

As noted in the memo above, customers may submit the appropriate request linked below for future assistance in case their vehicle becomes stuck in the landfill due to land and weather conditions.

Vehicle Stuck in Landfill-Assistance Request Waiver for Companies (PDF)

Vehicle Stuck in Landfill-Assistance Request Waiver for Individuals (PDF)

Landfill Permit Application

Please note that we are currently experiencing a high volume of applications, which may cause delays in processing your request.
Contact City Link or apply online for a free landfill permit:

  • City of Winston-Salem single-family property owners ONLY
  • Non-commercial use ONLY
  • Valid for one year from date of issue
  • Allows up to TWO free disposal trips to WSFC Utilities landfill & yard waste facilities
  • Garbage and refuse must be from the household listed on the permit
  • Safety rules posted at each facility must be followed
  • Replacement permits for lost or destroyed permits will not be issued

VEHICLE SPECIFICATIONS: Unaltered half-ton or smaller vehicles (including pick-ups, SUVs & vans), single-axle trailers (max 8-ft. length) & cars.

Recycling Program

Curbside recycling is provided to residents within the City of Winston-Salem. Drop-off recycling is available at three locations within Forsyth County. Visit Recycle Today for more information.