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About Trash and Recycling Pickup
Trash cart pickup is provided by the City and is billed monthly as part of a combined utility bill.  Don't know when your trash cart service day is?  Click this link and type in your address to find your scheduled pickup day.

City trash service rates are outlined below.

Recycling pickup is provided by Craven County and is billed annually as part of the property tax bill.  Click here to visit the Craven County Tax Department website or contact them by calling (252)636-6605 or (252)636-6659. Craven County Solid Waste and Recycling can be reached by calling (252)636-6659 or (252)638-1366. Visit their website by clicking here to find more information on recycling.

Contact Us

Should you have any questions feel free to contact Sherri Baldree at (252)639-7501


Monthly Residential
Service Refuse Rate:

65-Gallon Cart
Once-a-week pickup

$19.35 - Regular Residential (RR01)
Resident may request 2nd cart due to medical reasons - must submit doctor's note to
Public Works for approval.
Resident may request 2nd cart for in-home business - must submit written request
on business letterhead to Public Works. Billed as commercial cart (RR04) 

$9.68 - Senior Trash Rate (RR02)
(Must qualify for this discount by applying for the State of North Carolina-Craven County  
Exclusion for Property Tax Relief for Elderly &
Permanently Disabled Persons at the
Craven County Tax Office, 226 Pollock Street, or you may call (252) 636-6605. Must
be done before June 1st each year to be added to City's Senior Trash Rate.

Monthly Commercial 
Service Refuse Rate:

Frontload Trash Dumpster Service
(must have active city utility account)
65 Gallon Cart (RR04)
Units of service:
2 CY (RC01)
4 CY (RC02)
6 CY (RC03)
8 CY (RC04)

Hand Commercial Cart Refuse Fees

65-Gallon Trash Cart fee is $19.00 each per month (once-a-week pickup)

*Rates effective as of July 1, 2024 

Household Garbage

Acceptable Items: 
Bagged household garbage, glass, waxed food and juice cartons, pots or pans, Styrofoam, broken dishes or ceramics, light bulbs, plastic grocery bags.

Unacceptable Items: 
Hazardous materials, motor oil, paints, discarded electronics (TVs, printers or computers).

*Place trash cart facing edge of street away from objects such as vehicles, fences, utilities, etc... no later than 6:00 AM on your scheduled pickup day. Bagged trash in excess of your trash cart must have a Craven County trash sticker on each bag for collection.


Acceptable Items: 
Clean glass containers (clear, brown and/or green), aluminum beverage cans, newspapers, plastic milk jugs, plastic drink/water bottles, steel food cans, envelopes, writing paper, copy paper, colored ledger paper, magazines, newspaper, chipboard, detergent boxes, tissue boxes,  and dry/non-contaminated corrugated cardboard, flattened to fit in recycle cart.

Unacceptable Items:
Household trash, yard waste or other non-recycling materials, plastic bags, shredded paper, frozen food waxed containers, juice containers, broken glass or light bulbs, Styrofoam, clothes.

*Place your recycle cart out facing edge of street no later than 6:00 AM on your scheduled service date. For your scheduled service date visit  or call (252)636-6659 /(252)638-1366.

Residential Bulk Waste Collection

You may place residential bulk waste on the premises near the street curb line or right-of-way on which the residential property fronts for weekly collection and you may find your weekly Bulk Waste service day by clicking here.

Acceptable Items:
For appliances (such as freezers, refrigerators, washers, dryers, and/or water heaters), please remove doors to appliances or place in a manner that ensures there  is no access by animals or small children. Furniture such as sofas, tables, mattresses, small appliances (microwaves, toasters, & vacuums), paint cans that are dry and have lids removed.

Unacceptable Items:
Tires on the rim, fencing, window frames, doors, filled or partially filled paint cans, treated/painted/stained wood, mirrors, toilets, carpet/padding, automotive parts, cement, concrete or brick items, roofing shingles, sheetrock, propane tanks, railroad ties, any demolition or construction debris (this should be hauled away by the contractor or homeowner), loose clothing (clothing must be bagged - no trash sticker is required).

*Place bulk waste in a neat sorted piles away from guide wires, trees, fences, vehicles and power and utility sources.  Bulk waste should be put out for collection no later than 6:00 AM on your scheduled pickup day.

Yard Waste Collection

Acceptable Items:
Limbs no longer than 5 feet and no larger than 5 inches in diameter; leaves, pine straw and grass clippings must be bagged; small twigs and hedge clippings must be bagged; hedges and/or bushes must have excess dirt or sand removed from the root.
Loose leaves and pine straw free of limbs/trash/debris are accepted curbside from November 1st through the last day of February.  To find out which service zone you're in click here.  For a calendar of pickup days for your area,  click here  or call Public Works at (252)639-7501.

Unacceptable Items:
Loose piles of leaves (except during loose-leaf season), clippings, pine straw, any debris resulting from contracted services (including landscapers and tree services - this debris must be hauled off by the contractor or homeowner), sand or dirt piles.