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Leaf Collection Starting November 5

Leaf collection will begin on November 5 and run through the middle of January. Our leaf trucks will make three passes through each neighborhood. This year we will again use automated collection trucks on some routes. These trucks have a built–in collection nozzle that the driver controls from inside the cab. The trucks also have three times the capacity as the old trucks. This means that the automated trucks can spend more time collecting and less time making trips to the yard-waste facility to empty their loads. 

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.
  • Leaf collection is provided to single-family houses only.
  • Remember, you MAY NOT burn leaves inside the city limits. 

City residents can track the progress of leaf collection online to get a better idea of when leaf-collection truck will be in their neighborhood. Through the Leaf Routes link of the Sanitation Division pages of the city website, residents can type in their address and get an estimated date for their next leaf collection. If you do not have access to a computer, call CityLink at 311 and a City Link agent will look it up for you. Keep in mind that the date will be only an estimate, because inclement weather and other factors can affect the pace of our leaf collection.

For year-round leaf collection, put leaves in a city yard-waste cart. Call CityLink 311 for information about how to get a yard cart. 

Yard-waste cart for year-round use.

Recycle & Win Update

As of late September, 64 lucky households have won $50 Harris Teeter grocery cards through the Coca-Cola Recycle & Win promotion that began July 9. The promotion runs through Dec. 28, so it’s not too late to get involved.

To participate, pick up a “Give it Back” contest sticker at a Harris Teeter grocery store and put it on your blue rollout recycling cart. Every week, six carts with a Give it Back sticker will be randomly selected throughout Winston-Salem. If your cart is selected and it contains only recyclable materials that have been properly prepared, you will receive a $50 Harris Teeter gift card.

The Coca-Cola Recycle & Win promotion is sponsored by Coca-Cola, Harris Teeter grocery stores and the city of Winston-Salem.

The Recipe for Eco-friendly Holiday Feasts

To make your holiday family feasts 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 meals special by using china, glassware, and flatware instead of disposable plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Purchase your nonperishable holiday cooking items in bulk to be used for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. 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.
  • If you invite guests to your holiday meals, ask them to bring reusable containers to take home leftovers.
  • Recycle all plastic, glass, and aluminum containers.
  • If you don’t already have a compost bin, use your holiday 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 pipes and 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.

Be Cart Smart and We All Save

When it comes to using your blue rollout recycling cart, you’ll come out ahead financially if you remember that not everything is recyclable. Hoses, computer cords, and old wires cannot be recycled, nor can small electric appliances or old clothes. Garbage, of course, should never be placed in the recycling cart.

Here’s how this helps you financially: Waste Management pays the city for the recyclables it collects. These payments help cover the cost of the recycling program, which city residents fund through taxes and user fees. Contamination reduces these payments because it costs money to pull out garbage and other non-recyclables. And when the payment goes down, the amount that citizens have to cover goes up. Keep the recycling stream clean, and in the end you help yourself.

Think you’re up on the Do’s and Don’ts of recycling? Take our online Cart Smart quiz and test your knowledge. There are four levels – for beginners, intermediate, advanced and expert.

Cart Smart Quiz 

Holiday Collection Changes

Thanksgiving Day - Nov. 22 & 23

  • Garbage: Moved up one day: Tuesday on Monday, Wednesday on Tuesday, Thursday on Wednesday; Friday collected on Monday, Nov. 26.
  • Recycling: Blue Week; Mon. – Wed.: Normal schedule, Thursday & Friday postponed one day.
  • Yard-Waste Carts: Monday & Tuesday collected on Monday, Wednesday on Tuesday, Thursday on Wednesday.

Christmas - Dec. 24 & 25

  • Garbage: Tuesday – Thursday postponed one day, Friday collected on Monday, Dec. 31.
  • Recycling: Red Week; Monday: Normal schedule, Tuesday - Friday postponed one day.
  • Yard-Waste Carts: Monday & Tuesday collected Wednesday, Wednesday & Thursday postponed one day.

New Year’s Day 2013 - Jan. 1, 2013

  • Garbage: Tuesday – Thursday postponed one day, Friday collected on Monday, Monday, Jan. 7.
  • Recycling: Blue Week; Monday: Normal schedule, Tuesday - Friday postponed one day.
  • Yard-Waste Carts: Monday: Normal schedule, Tuesday - Friday postponed one day.

Have a question about a holiday collection? Not sure of your recycling week? Call CityLink 311, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Holiday Collections Schedule 2012 

Recycle Today web site

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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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