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Garbage

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 (green cart with yellow lid). 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.


Residential

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. A $65 replacement fee is charged for carts that are lost, stolen or damaged beyond repair. Roll out carts should remain at the residence if you move.

Business

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.


New Waste Collection Routes starting January 1, 2018

Effective January 1, 2018, Salisbury will be implementing new routes for garbage, recycling and yard debris collection, possibly resulting in a new garbage and recycling pick-up day of the week for residents. Route changes will enable more efficient collection points, while keeping the trucks in the same general area each day, thereby reducing the number of miles driven per week.

To view the new waste collection route map, click on the map below. Residents will also receive notifications on roll out carts over the next several months via the Nixle notification system and updates on Facebook and Nextdoor.

In addition to the new route changes, the waste collection will implement changes to Chapter 21 of the Salisbury Code of Ordinances that became effective July 1.

Previously, items that were considered “bulky,” were inconsistently collected. While the Code allowed for charges, rarely were fees incurred. With the recent change in the Code, these items will now incur a fee for removal, except during Spring and Fall Spruce Up periods, in an effort to keep neighborhoods tidy.

Waste Collection Routes in 2018:

Sanitation Routes Map Screenshot

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 collected by calling (704) 638-5260 to schedule an appointment
  • 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
Bulky Item Collection Fees:
Minimum Charge $10
Furniture (per Item) $5
White Goods (per Item) $25
Scrap Metal (per Pick-up Load) $20
Mattress $20
Box Springs $10
Miscellaneous Items (per Pick-up Load) $25
Items Requiring Use of Backhoe $50
Bulk Brush Removal Minimum Charge (applies to loads over a truck load) $50

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.

Recycling

Be a Recycling Hero: Know what to throw, clean empty and dry containers, and no plastic bags!

Be A Recycling Hero!

Why Should I Recycle?

Recycling is very important as waste has a huge negative impact on the natural environment. Harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses are released from rubbish in landfill sites. Recycling helps to reduce the pollution caused by waste. Habitat destruction and global warming are some the affects caused by deforestation.

Rowan County Recycling Services

Who Provides The City's Recycling Services?

Residential and business curbside recycling collection is provided through a contractual agreement with Republic Services, beginning July 6, 2020. Prior to July 6, the City was contracted with Waste Management for recycling services. Automated trucks are used to collect your recycling and recycling collection occurs every other week on the same day as your garbage collection. To learn more about your recycling service, please visit the Republic Services website​ where you can find more information about what you can recycle and what your route schedule looks like.

Contact Republic Services

1 (877) 692-97296
Website

Recycling Calendar

Each year, the City provides a recycling calendar. The map shows whether your home/business in a blue or green collection area. The blue or green corresponds to the highlighted weeks on the calendar, letting you know which week you can expect your recycling service. Your recycling collection day is the same day as your garbage collection day. Recycling services are every other week, in contrast to the weekly garbage collection.

2020 Recycling Calendar 2020 Calendario de Reciclaje

Recycling Do's and Don'ts

 

List of Recycling Do's and Don'ts in English
Lista de lo que se debe y no se debe hacer en el reciclaje en español

Accepted Items:

  • Office and school papers
  • Catalogues
  • Brown paper bags
  • Junk mail
  • Plastic bottles/containers
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Aluminum foil and food trays, cans (steel, tin and aluminum)
  • Phone books
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Box and paper board

Restricted Items:

  • Glass (recycle at Rowan County facilities)
  • Food
  • Yard waste
  • Scrap metal
  • Frozen food containers
  • Ceramic materials
  • Hazardous items
  • Non-recyclable plastics
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Cloth/clothing
  • Liquids
  • Plastic bags
  • Package wrap
  • Soiled items
  • Shredded paper inside clear plastic bags

Recycling Can Swap Graphic

Recycling Contractor Change

The City of Salisbury is changing to a new recycling contractor, Republic Services. Here's what you need to know:

Why is the city changing recycling contractors?

The City of Salisbury recently signed a three-year contract with Republic Services to continue Salisbury’s recycling program after its contract with Waste Management was not renewed.

Why wasn’t the contract with Waste Management renewed?

Waste Management choose not to renew the previous contract at its current recycling rate due to increased costs. In addition, the City of Salisbury was looking for a partnership with our vendor that would help us improve educational efforts on recycling and help find ways to clean up our single stream. Cost was also a factor in the decision. We want to provide the best service at the lowest cost.

When will this change take place?

The Republic Services contract is set to officially begin on July 6, 2020.

Will I have to do anything differently?

Minus the timing challenges with the collection of old bins and delivery of the new bins, we do not expect a noticeable change in service for recycling collection.

Will my collection day change?

Recycling collection days will remain the same.

Do I keep the same bin or will I get a new one? If new, when will my new bin arrive?

All residents will receive a new recycling bin and a recycling information packet. Please read it carefully. We will provide the date of your old bin pick up soon. Your new, blue and white bins should arrive sometime just before July 3.

What if I received a Republic Service blue cart but I still have the Waste Management green cart?

If you received a Republic Services blue cart and we did not collect your old, green Waste Management cart, call the Public Works office at (704) 638-5300 to have the green cart collected.

Will I have to pay extra for this change in contractors?

Residents pay a recycling collection fee that is included in the water utility bill. It is anticipated that there will be a slight change in recycling costs in the next budget year that must be voted upon by City Council in June.

Will our routes finally become weekly instead of bi-weekly?

Recycling routes will continue to run bi-weekly.

What if a resident is on the backyard pick up list and physically unable to roll the cart to the curb?

Residents who are on the backyard pickup list will have their cart rolled to the curb by Waste Management Driver. Republic Services has been supplied a list of citizens with backyard service and will switch the cart.

What if a resident did not receive a Republic Service blue cart by Friday, July 3?

Residents who are on the backyard pickup list will have their cart rolled to the curb by Waste Management Driver. Republic Services has been supplied a list of citizens with backyard service and will switch the cart.

What if a resident did not receive a Republic Service blue cart by Friday, July 3?

Call Salisbury Public Works at (704) 638-5300 to schedule a time for the recycling can swap. Put the Waste Management recycling green cart at the curb and leave it there. A Republic Services blue cart should be delivered the next day.

Can glass be placed in the recycling stream?

Glass will continue to notrowancountync.gov/533/Recycling.

Will you service businesses?

If a business is able to manage a recycling bin like a residential home, you are able to receive recycling services. Please contact 704-638-5300 to set up recycling service.

May I order a second bin?

Yes. Additional bins can be ordered for an additional cost. Please contact (704) 638-5300 to order the second bin. There will be no charge for the second bin, but there will be an addition collection fee that will be applied to your monthly bill.

I have never had a recycling bin/My recycling bin was stolen. Will I receive a new bin?

Yes. Every resident in the city limits will receive a new recycling bin. Recycling information pack will be included with your new bin.

What items can I recycle?

Accepted Items include: Office and school papers, catalogues, brown paper bags, junk mail, cleaned plastic bottles/containers, magazines and newspapers, cleaned cans (steel, tin and aluminum), phone books, corrugated cardboard and box and paper board.

What items can’t be recycled?

Unaccepted items include: glass, food, yard waste, scrap metal, frozen food containers, ceramic materials, hazardous items, non-recyclable plastics, plastic trash bags, cloth / clothing, shredded paper, liquids, loose plastic bags and package wrap or any soiled items, pizza boxes, glass bottles and jars (brown, clear, green and blue)

Have recent efforts to clean the recycling stream been effective??

With recent education efforts to inform residents about how to “Recycle Right,” we’ve reduced our contamination rate by 10 tons per month. Our residents should be congratulated. Recycling Right helps to save money and help the environment.


Compost

Why care about compost?

Compost is a healthy soil amendment that can be used to improve plant and soil quality. The City's compost is mixed with wood mulch and leaves, processed, composted and converted into a rich organic matter that boasts additional benefits such as water conservation, weed prevention and soil erosion reduction.

Info about free compost pickup:

The City's Public Services department has a free compost giveaway program at its Grant Creek Compost facility. Salisbury city residents, and people from the surrounding areas, can pickup free, high-quality compost generated from last year's curb-side yard waste.

The Grants Creek Composting facility is located at 1915 Grubb Ferry Road, Salisbury, NC 28144. Compost is available for pickup on Fridays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. or until supplies are depleted.

(704) 638-5260 | wastecollection@salisburync.gov

picture of compost material

Leaf 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

WHAT ABOUT LOOSE LEAF COLLECTION?

Vacuum machines collect loose leaves from mid-October until the end of March only. 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. During this time, you may call (704) 638-5260 about scheduled collection in your neighborhood, or look for a schedule in your monthly billing notice.

Before and after these dates, loose leaves must be bagged or boxed and will be collected on the same day as your garbage/recycling.

Leaf Collection Map

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.

Bulky Item Pickup

Collection standards for bulky items are:

  • Items left outside of City issued rollouts will be considered bulky
  • Bulky items can be collected by calling (704) 638-5260 to schedule an appointment
  • The City of Salisbury will still provide a Spring and Fall Spruce Up week for collection of bulky items
Bulky Item Collection Fees:
Minimum Charge $10
Furniture (per Item) $5
White Goods (per Item) $25
Scrap Metal (per Pick-up Load) $20
Mattress $20
Box Springs $10
Miscellaneous Items (per Pick-up Load) $25
Items Requiring Use of Backhoe $50
Bulk Brush Removal Minimum Charge (applies to loads over a truck load) $50

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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