Garbage and Recycling

Graphic promoting recyclingTrash 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 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 below).

Recycling calendar for 2018

Click for a larger image.

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


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.

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