Garbage Collection & Recycling

Collection Schedules

  • Special Pick-Ups - Mondays

  • Yard Waste - Tuesdays

  • Household

  • Thursdays (south of railroad tracks)

  • Fridays (north of railroad tracks)

Household Garbage

The Town provides garbage collection services. 


Household garbage must be placed in the roll out containers that are provided by the Town. Only containers provided by the Town will be emptied. 

Routes are run early in the mornings; pull carts to the edge of the street the night before your scheduled pickup to ensure that your cart is not missed.

Collection Days

For our citizens who live within the Town limits, the collection day for household garbage is Thursdays for residents who live south of the railroad tracks, and on Fridays for those who live north of the railroad tracks. 

Schedule Changes

Changes to the pickup schedule are rare, and result only due to holidays. An ad will be run in the paper, printed on the back of your bills, and listed online to notify you of any changes to the normal schedule. 

Special Pick-Ups

Special Pickups include yard waste not inside the brown provided by the Town, and result in a $10 fee if called in and scheduled for pick up and a $25 fee if put out for collection with calling in to be placed on schedule. Furniture, Tires, and White Goods (refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves, freezers, etc.) are collected at no charge if called in before 11:00 AM on Mondays. If not called in before 11:00 AM on Monday, there is a $25 fee for collection goods.  The collection of all types of Special Pick-Ups begins on Monday unless amended on the official holiday schedule.  Call Town Hall at (252) 566-3186 or send an email to to notify the town of the special pick-up requests.  The collection of special pick-ups are limited to customers of the town that reside within the town limits.

Yard Debris

Yard Debris that is placed within the Brown Carts provided by the Town will be collected on Tuesday at no charge. Debris should fit inside the cart and the lid should close. If debris other than yard waste is mixed in this cart, the cart will not be emptied.


Due to the high cost to collect and dispose of recyclables, the Town does not offer curbside recycling pickup.  Residents are encouraged to continue to recycle by transporting their recyclable materials to a Lenoir County Convenience Site.  These locations can be found by clicking here.

Leaf Collection

Leaves are collected free of charge and are not required to be inside of the brown yard waste carts during the months of November, December, and January. Any limbs or sticks in the pile of leaves will not be collected, place limbs, stick, twigs in your brown yard waste cart. 

During all other months, leaves are required to be placed within the brown yard waste carts provided by the Town, to avoid special pick up fees.