Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste
Waste Connections provides residential garbage, recycling and yard waste cart collection. Garbage and yard waste is collected each week. Recycling is collected every other week.
Find your garbage, recycling and yard waste collection day.
Waste Connections observes three holidays: New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
During observed holidays, collection is delayed one day. If the holiday falls on a Friday, collection will occur on Saturday. Holidays that fall on a weekend do not impact the collection schedule.
- Put carts curbside by 7:00 am on your collection day
- Close the lid completely, and place lid hinge away from the road
- Bag your trash. Garbage not bagged ends up on the ground and in yards
- Break down cardboard boxes into 3 foot x 3 foot pieces so they fit inside the cart with the lid closed
- View the Wipe Out Waste Guide for a list of acceptable recyclable items
- Put items on top of or next to the cart. These items will not be collected
- Allow carts or leaf collection bags to block sidewalks, roadways or gutters
- Bag recyclables
- Bag yard waste - this includes grass clippings. (leaves may be bagged)
- Put non-compliant items in the cart (i.e. hazardous waste, hot coals / charcoal, etc.). Non-compliant carts will not be collected
Carts that do not meet the above criteria will be tagged as non-compliant and will not be picked up. If the resident makes the cart conform, it will be collected at the next regular scheduled pick-up. Do not leave cart(s) curbside until the next pick-up date, or a fee may be issued.
New Move Cardboard
New residents may contact Waste Connections to place a service request for a one-time, curbside collection of up to 25, flattened, cardboard boxes, on their next recycle day. Each box must be broken down into 3 ft x 3 ft pieces. Extremely large (appliance) boxes cannot be collected if not broken down.
What Is Yard Waste?
Yard waste includes leaves, grass clippings, small tree limbs, shrubbery trimmings, pinecones, dead plants, flowers and vegetable debris, ivy, twigs, and other organic material removed in the general maintenance of a property by the homeowner.
Yard waste is not construction debris, demolition debris, dirt, brick, rock, block, sod, mud, pavement, cutting of entire trees or any other material that could be defined as household waste or material that is not compostable.
Leaves may be placed inside the green yard waste cart for weekly collection. Additional leaves may be placed inside brown paper, biodegradable bags, 25 gallons or smaller.
- Up to 5 bags of leaves will be collected weekly during regular months
- Up to 10 bags of leaves will be collected weekly from October 26 to February 1.
- Residents may also take leaves to the North Mecklenburg Recycle Center.
- A fee may apply
- Free, brown leaf bags may be available at North Mecklenburg Recycling Center
Natural / live Christmas trees, garland and wreaths are collected curbside, for the two weeks after December 25th. Remove all wires, lights, garland, tinsel, ornaments, etc. NO Artificial items will be accepted.
Visit the Mecklenburg County Household Hazardous Waste website for hazardous material disposal options.
Other Disposal Options
Other methods of disposal are listed below in the event you have more waste then what fits inside the designated cart with the lid closed.
- Request Bulk Item or Brush Pick Up service from Public Works. A disposal fee applies.
- Take items to a Mecklenburg County Full Service Recycling Center. Contact the site directly to confirm if a disposal fee applies.
- Contact Waste Connections to purchase additional carts. A fee, per cart applies.
- Contact a private service provider.