Garbage and recycling carts

6 a.m. Pickup for Garbage, Recycling, and Yard Waste Begins in July

Beat the heat this summer with earlier set out times!

To help protect Solid Waste Services employees from heat-related injuries, the City of Raleigh is temporarily adjusting its collection schedules for residential solid waste, recycling, and yard waste to begin earlier.

Each year from July through September, crews will begin arriving up to an hour before the current collection time.

New Time

Residents should place garbage and recycling carts and yard waste materials at the curb by 6 a.m. on collection day, or the night before their normal collection day.

Follow the steps below to make sure carts are prepared properly for collection:

  • Place garbage and recycling carts a few inches from the curb or edge of the street, not in the street.
  • Keep carts at least three feet from other objects (i.e., vehicles, mailboxes, fences, power lines).
  • Position carts so that cart handle faces your house (see arrows on the lid). This will ensure the lid opens properly and is not damaged when emptied.
  • Place cart at the curbside no earlier than noon the day before your collection day and no later than 6 a.m. on collection day.

Find Your Scheduled Pickup Day

You can find your scheduled day for pick up day for garbage, recycling and yard waste using our Find My Services interactive tool



Customer Care Center