Garbage and Recycling

Graphic promoting recycling

Trash and yard waste are picked up in College Hill each Friday. When Friday is a city holiday, collections are made a day early, on Thursday.

Trash cans should not be left at the curb throughout the week. They should be taken out after 7 p.m. on Thursdays. They should be out by 7 a.m. on Fridays. Containers should be returned to backyards by 7 p.m. on Fridays.

The City of Greensboro’s Field Operations website has more information online about trash collection and the trash collection schedule.

Recycling: Alternate Fridays only

Recycling calendar for 2018

Click for a larger image.

Poster: What not to recycle

Click for a larger image.

Recycling and bulk items (things too big to fit into the city’s 90-gallon residential trash cans) are picked up on alternate Fridays only (marked in red on the calendar above).

The city’s waste reduction supervisor, Tori Carle, posts weekly on with specifics on what is and isn’t recyclable. Click here to see all of her posts collected on the City of Greensboro website. 

Click here for complete information on recycling in Greensboro. Click here for a printable list of accepted recyclables. You also can drop off recyclables at any of 20 recycling drop-off locations: GSO Recycling Drop Off Locations.

Cardboard boxes should be broken down and placed in your brown recycling container.

Specifics on the types of paper, plastic, metal and glass that can be recycled in Greensboro

These items will not be picked up by trash collectors

  • Televisions, computers and anything else with an electronic chip should be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center for disposal — 2750 Patterson Street, open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (new hours effective July 2, 2018).
  • Paints, cleaners, varnishes, car batteries, motor oil, and pesticides also go to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center.
  • Tires have to be taken to the Guilford County Scrap Tire and White Goods Collection Facility at 2138 Bishop Road. Phone 336-294-9431 for hours.


Appliances are picked up by appointment only; call 336-373-2489 (CITY) to make an appointment. Washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators, air conditioners and other large appliances (“white goods”) also can be taken to the county collection facility.

Yard waste

Yard waste is collected weekly along with garbage. It needs to be:

— Tied in bundles no more than five feet long and 50 pounds,
— Put into 32-gallon garbage cans (not the containers provided by the city) weighing no more than 50 pounds, or
— Put into clear plastic bags. The city says it will not pick up yard waste in black plastic bags.

Oversize items: bulk trash

Items that do not fit in your green trash container, such as mattresses and furniture, are considered bulk trash and are picked up only on recycling weeks.

Carpets must be rolled and tied. Each bundle must be a maximum of 5 feet in length.

When dealing with bulk trash, remember the “2-2-2 Rule”: Trash should never be 2 big for 2 people 2 handle. If it is, they won’t take it.

One Response to Garbage and Recycling

  1. Pingback: 2016 recycling pickup schedule for College Hill | College Hill Neighborhood Association

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.