Garbage & Recycling Collection Schedules

Garbage & Recycling
View and download a printable calendar and listing of what is recyclable (PDF).
  • Garbage and yard waste will be collected every week.
  • Residents are to use a black 96-gallon cart for garbage and a red 96-gallon cart for recycling.
  • The 96-gallon recycle cart will be collected every other week.
  • Garbage, recycling, and yard waste will be collected on a four-day schedule, Monday through Thursday. Please look at the attached map to determine your collection day. (For example, Wednesday is collection day for the River Run neighborhood -- garbage and yard waste can be set out every Wednesday, and recyclables set out every other Wednesday.)
  • The town does not collect appliances. These should be hauled to the North Mecklenburg Recycling Center on Hwy 21 (Statesville Road) in Huntersville.

Collection Zones

Public Works Collection Zone Map
This map shows the collection schedule by zone.
  • Orange = Monday
  • Dark blue = Tuesday
  • Purple = Wednesday
  • Turquoise = Thursday
View and download an alphabetical listing of collection days by street (PDF).

Holiday Collection
Republic Waste Services will operate on a one-day delay for most holidays. View the 2015 holiday schedule (PDF).

For more information, please call Customer Service at Republic Waste Services at 704-393-6900.

Yard Waste
These items are considered acceptable yard waste:
  • All tree trimmings, dead plants, weeds, leaves, and dead tree debris not exceeding six feet (6’) in length, four inches (4”) in diameter and yard debris in plastic bags no heavier than 50 pounds per bag.
  • Bagged leaves will be collected along with residents’ garbage and recyclables. All bagged leaves must be free of sticks and other debris. Residents are allowed up to 20 bags per week. Bags cannot be larger than 40 gallons in size and cannot be more than 50 pounds in weight.
Bagged Leaf Collection FAQs
How do I get my leaves into bags?
Many people use a plastic 44-gallon container to support bags and ease the process of bagging. An internet search of “leaf scoop” shows over 15 products available to facilitate bagging leaves.

What types of bags can be used?
The maximum bag size is 40 gallons. Clear or dark plastic bags are acceptable, as are biodegradable paper bags. At this time, Mecklenburg County Compost Central cannot recycle plastic leaf bags due to the moisture and debris present in them. Biodegradable “Kraft” paper bags, however, can be recycled at the facility, and you can purchase them at most home improvement and hardware stores. Plastic containers, wheelbarrows, etc. cannot be used to contain leaves for collection.

What are my other options?
There are several good options for residents to manage leaves:
  • Leaf mulching: Similar to “grasscycling,” leaf mulching involves the use of a rotary mower to mulch leaves directly back to the turf. While mulching mowers are the preferred equipment, almost any rotary mower can be used. Numerous university research reports have detailed how leaf mulching affects turf performance. In almost every instance, the results show that chopping up deciduous leaves as part of a regular mowing schedule is an effective means of managing these leaves without harming the turf. A study done at Purdue University supports this.
  • Composting: Composting relies on the natural process of decomposition to break down elements such as leaves, grass, and various kitchen scraps into a nutrient-rich, soil-like material that can be used as fertilizer on gardens and potted plants. The town partners with Mecklenburg County to offer education on backyard composting. For more information about home composting, please visit Mecklenburg County’s Wipe Out Waste website.
  • Landscape contractors: Residents can hire a private landscape contractor to remove their leaves. The town’s solid waste ordinance has always prohibited landscape contractors from placing loose leaves curbside; yard waste generated by private contractors will not be collected.
What happens to the leaves after they are picked up?
Republic Waste Services, the town’s contractor, delivers the leaves to the North Mecklenburg Recycling Center in Huntersville, also known as Compost Central, where they are composted and re-sold to the public.

Bulk Waste
Bulk waste is defined as "Furniture or other items where large size precludes or complicates handling by normal solid waste collection, procession, or disposal methods."

This may include swing sets, bicycles (without tires), scrap metal, copper, and other similar items. The town is no longer collecting "white goods" such as refrigerators, stoves and ranges, water heaters, or freezers. Citizens can take these items to the North Mecklenburg Recycling Center located off Highway 21 in Huntersville. This center also accepts hazardous waste and batteries. Check their website for details on what they do and do not accept.

Republic Waste Services will collect residential trash once each week on a schedule, including but not limited to, bulk items, boxes, items of furniture, and couches. Each residence shall be limited to a maximum of four cubic yards of uncompacted trash per pick up under the town’s contract.

The pick-up should be on the same day of the week as the regular garbage pick-up for each location. The pick-up should be scheduled in advance by calling Republic Waste Services Customer Service at 704-393-6900.