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Rollout News Autumn 2013

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Leaf collection starting November 5
City trying new approach to Thanksgiving Week garbage collections
Recycling and yard waste collection changes for Thanksgiving
Be a green shopper this holiday season!
Christmas and New Year’s holiday collection changes
Recycle your Christmas tree

Leaf collection starting November 5

Leaf collection will begin on November 5 and run through the middle of January. The leaves will be taken to a yard-waste facility to be turned into compost that it made available to citizens twice a year.
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 or over a storm drain. 
  • 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. Go to and click on the link for Leaf Collection Address Lookup. 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 or check the city website for information about how to get a yard cart.

City Trying New Approach to Thanksgiving Week Garbage Collections

Thanksgiving week always presents a challenge for the Sanitation Department, because it has to amend the garbage collection schedule for both Thursday and Friday, which are city holidays.

In the past, Sanitation has moved up by a day all Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday collections (Tuesday on Monday, etc.) during the week of Thanksgiving, and postponed Friday’s collection to the following Monday (a day when we normally do not have garbage collection). Inevitably, some residents forget to put out their garbage cart a day early and miss their collection. 

This year, Sanitation will try a different approach. During thanksgiving week, instead of moving most collections up a day: 

  • Crews will collect garbage on Tuesday and Wednesday as usual. 
  • Thursday and Friday collections will be postponed: 

This way, even if folks put their cart as usual on Thursday or Friday, they will not have missed their collection.

To accommodate this schedule, all garbage collections for the week after Thanksgiving will be postponed a day: 

  • Tuesday on Wednesday, Wednesday on Thursday, etc. 
  • Collection for Friday, Dec. 6, will be on Monday, Dec. 9.

Recycling and Yard Waste Collection Changes for Thanksgiving

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. 

Sanitation Holiday Collections schedule is posted online.

Be a green shopper this holiday season! 

The day after Thanksgiving – ‘Black Friday” – is the busiest single shopping day of the holiday season. Here are some tips to avoid the crowds AND buy green – or to be a green shopper if you find yourself out:

*Not sure what to get someone? How about a gift certificate? That way, you know the gift will be kept or used.

*Consider nonmaterial gifts. How about a gift certificate or coupon for music lessons, pet-sitting, house cleaning, guided tours, pre-paid class registration, a massage at a local spa, or tickets to a sporting event, museum, concert or play? 

*Invest in your family and friends. Instead of giving a gift, contribute to a child's savings account, education IRA or give them a U.S. Savings Bond.

*Make edible gifts, such as breads, cookies, preserves, dried fruits, nut mixes, or herbed vinegars. Give the baked goods in holiday tins or baskets that can be reused.

*Give the gift of a better world. Make a donation in honor of a loved one. Choose a cause that addresses an issue that you and your friends and family members care about and support. 

*Thousands of paper and plastic bags end up in landfills every year. When you go shopping, bring your own reusable bags and reduce the number of bags thrown out. Tell store clerks that you don’t need a bag for small or oversized purchases.

*Always look for items made with recycled content.

*About 40 percent of all battery sales occur during the holiday season. Consider giving rechargeable batteries and battery charger to accompany electronic gifts.

*Send tree-free holiday cards. Look for cards made from kenaf, hemp, and other tree-free resources. Or, send e-cards and avoid the wait at the post office for stamps.

*The mound of wrapping paper, plastic clam shell packaging, boxes and ribbons filling trash bags on the curb Dec. 26 isn't made on Christmas morning. It's made with each purchase during the shopping season. Choose products made from recycled materials, with minimal recyclable packaging... and be creative when you wrap your gifts. You might just find that you end up with less waste than when you started!

*Buy local. Look for opportunities to buy from local artists, artisans and businesses. That way the dollars you spend contribute more to the community where you live, you avoid buying something that had to be shipped from afar, and you’ll support the revitalization of downtown. A vibrant downtown helps preserve outlying farms, forests and open spaces by attracting development to urban centers.

Christmas & New Year’s holiday collection changes

City offices will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25, for the Christmas holiday; and Wednesday, Jan. 1, for the New Year’s Day holiday. CityLink, the city’s 24-hour citizen service line, will be open to assist citizens. Sanitation collections will be affected as follows:


  • Garbage: Tues. normal schedule; Wed. & Thurs. postponed one day; Friday collected on Monday, Dec. 30
  • Recycling: Red Week; Mon. & Tues. normal schedule; Wed. - Fri. postponed one day 
  • Yard-Waste Carts: Mon. & Tues. normal schedule; Wed. & Thurs. postponed one day

New Year’s Day 

  • Garbage: Tues. normal schedule; Wed. & Thurs. postponed one day; Friday collected on Monday, Jan. 6
  • Recycling: Blue Week; Mon. & Tues. normal schedule; Wed. - Fri. postponed one day 
  • Yard-Waste Carts: Mon. & Tues. normal schedule; Wed. & Thurs. 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.

Recycle your Christmas tree 

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.

Rollout News Autumn 2013

For more information about these stories, or to report problem or request services, call City Link at (336) 727-8000 or 311 in Winston-Salem or use the 311 Live Chat icon below to connect with a City Link Agent.

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