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City garbage services:

Garbage is defined as refuse primarily generated from the kitchen and is treated differently than yard waste or recycling during the collection process. Trash, recycling, and yard waste should be gathered and placed at the curb separately: garbage (green roll out cart), recycling (blue cart from Republic Services). All garbage material should be placed in plastic bags before being placed in the green roll out cart provided to you by the City.

Residential and business curbside waste collection is provided by the Public Services department. Trucks are used to collect your garbage and waste collection occurs every week on the same day as your recycling and yard waste collection.

Helpful Hints
  • Carts should be rolled to the curb by 7:00 a.m. and rolled away from the curb by midnight on collection days.
  • Place your roll out on the curb, away from obstructions and not in the street.
  • Turn your roll out handle towards your house for pickup.

Restricted Items

The following items cannot be picked up by the Solid Waste Division:

  • Tires
  • Rims
  • Batteries
  • Vehicle Parts
  • Building Materials
  • Paint
  • Bricks
  • Concrete
  • Lumber
  • Shingles
  • Carpet


The city does conduct an annual citywide clean up, usually in the spring. During this time, tires (with no rims) and white goods (refrigerators, freezers, stoves, hot water heaters, air conditioners and washer and dryers) are collected.


The City Of Salisbury collects garbage weekly at the curb on the same day as yard waste and recycling collection. The City provides roll out carts for household garbage that should be rolled to the curb each week. Rear loader trucks are used to pick up residential garbage. Each resident is issued one cart at no charge. Roll out carts should remain at the residence if you move.


The City also provides commercial garbage service to the Downtown business area via the City's commercial garbage truck. Businesses are allowed up to, but not more than three roll out containers. If a business requires trash pickup in addition to the maximum number of containers a dumpster of four yards or more is required.

Waste Collection Routes:

Sanitation Routes Map Screenshot

Leaf Collection

What is the process for loose leaf collection?

Vacuum machines collect loose leaves from mid-October until around mid-March only. Leaves will need to be bagged for collection during other times. Bagged leaves are collected on your regular yard waste collection day (the same day as trash collection).

During loose-leaf collection season (mid-October to mid-March), residents are asked to have all loose leaves raked to the curb by Monday morning of your collection week to be ensured they are collected by Friday. Pile leaves no more than five feet deep from the curb, up to any height, and at least three feet away from anything else. During this time, you may call (704) 638-5256 about scheduled collection in your neighborhood, or look for a schedule in your monthly billing notice.

Leaf Collection Map

Yard Waste Collection

What is the definition of yard debris?

Yard debris consists of limbs, grass and shrubbery clippings, leaves, and all vegetation from lawns and gardens. Do not set out piles of dirt for collection.

How should yard debris be placed on the curb for collection?

Limbs should be cut into 6-foot lengths or shorter and stacked neatly at the curb, away from water meters, fire hydrants, utility poles, and guy wires. Do not mix other debris with limbs.

Hedge, shrubbery cuttings and vines will be collected at no charge provided that such cuttings do not exceed one hundred (100) pounds in weight and are placed in boxes or other containers suitable for handling. Limbs and large cuttings that cannot be bagged or boxed will be collected provided they do not exceed six (6) feet in length, and five (5) inches in diameter. These limbs and large cuttings shall be placed on the front of the lot with the large ends of each limb facing the street. Limbs and cuttings exceeding one and one-half (1½) tons by volume will be assessed a ($75.00) fee per load.

It shall be unlawful to dump, throw, or otherwise discard grass cuttings, leaves, yard rakings, limbs, trash or rubbish into the streets or upon the paved or established sidewalks of the city.

Property or homeowners are responsible for removing tree stumps, tree trunks and all limbs that are greater than five (5) inches in diameter and six (6) feet in length.

All other yard debris must be bagged and placed on the curb, separated from curbside trash, household garbage and recycling materials. Do not put yard debris in your green roll out container.

When is yard debris collected and how often?

Once each week on the same day that garbage and recycling materials are collected. Have it on the curb by 7:00 a.m.

Are there exceptions and/or restrictions to the collection schedule?

YES. Large piles of limbs will be collected by special equipment. This type collection may vary from your weekly schedule.

Is there a limit to the amount of limbs that are collected each week?

Each residence will receive up to one collection of limbs per week. Residential service is designed to assist homeowners in disposing of reasonable amounts of limbs and yard debris weekly

Bulky Item Pickup

The standards for collection of roll outs, bulky items and yard waste are:

  • Items left outside of City issued rollouts will be considered bulky.
  • Bulky items can be scheduled for collection by calling (704) 638-5256 to schedule an appointment. Bulky collection must be paid for in advance. For your convenience, we accept VISA and Mastercard by phone.
  • The City of Salisbury provides Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter Spruce Up weeks for collection of bulky items.
  • Limits to yard waste collection – One truckload per week.
  • Bulky items will be collected on the same day as your regular collection services. They are collected by a different truck than your regular trash rollout.

Bulky Item Collection Fees:
Two bulky items ($5 for each additional bulk item - $10 minimum) $10
Each bag or box $2.50
Bulk Brush Removal Minimum Charge (applies to loads over a truck load) $75

Charges for specific cases will be calculated by Public Services Director or designee based on site visit.
All fees must be paid in advance of service.


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How is Salisbury involved with compost?

As a Salisbury citizen, you are involved with compost. Salisbury has a fully-operational composting facility on 1955 Grubb Ferry Road that generates mulch for community use. The material consists of wood mulch and leaves collected by the city waste management team from the roadside of your home.

The quality of compost reflects what community members put into pickup bags and containers. To maintain good quality compost, make sure to only dispose of limbs, branches, leaves, and grass. Visit this page for more information on yard waste pickup.

Info about FREE compost pickup:

The city’s Public Services department has a free compost giveaway program at its Grants Creek Compost Facility. Regardless of how much compost you need, there are no charges. Salisbury city residents, and people from the surrounding areas, can pick up high-quality compost generated from last year’s curbside yard waste.

Location: 1955 Grubb Ferry Road, Salisbury, NC 28144
Date/Time: Fridays 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
For more information: (704) 638-5260 |
  • Bring your own container or truck. City staff will load it for you.
  • Pickup only, no deliveries.
  • Falls on holiday, closed.
  • Inclement weather, updates are available on Nextdoor and social media outlets.
picture of compost material

Dead Animal Pickup

City provides dead animal pickup in city limits.

The City of Salisbury will pick up dead animals in the city rights-of-way and streets within the city limits of Salisbury.

Please call (704) 638-5256 for collection.

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