The Sanitation Department helps to create a healthy environment for the City of Winston-Salem by the removal of waste materials to a sanitary location.

Automated Side Loading VehicleGarbage Collection

Refuse is a weekly collection service provided to single-family households in Winston-Salem.

Yard Waste Cart Collection

Residents not wanting to compost yard waste can have their yard debris collected in a special 96-gallon roll-out cart purchased from the city. No garbage is allowed in the carts.

Brush Collection

Brush collection is provided to single-family households when placed at the curb.

Leaf Season 

Fall is almost here and the leaves will pile up! Learn more about guidelines when collecting and leaving your leaves for pickup.

Street Sweeping

Street sweeping protects water quality by preventing litter, debris, and sediment from entering storm drains. 

Bulky Item Collection

Bulky item collection began on March 1, 2021. Search your address with the Sanitation Service Finder.


Find your leaf collection, recycling and garbage collection schedule using the Sanitation Service Finder.

Holiday Schedule

See the holiday collection schedule for changes in garbage, recycling, and yard-waste pickup during holiday weeks.

Exemption Forms

Garbage and Recycling (Online Form)

Garbage Exemption Form (Print)

Recycling Exemption Form (Print)