2020 Holiday Collection Schedule and Preparation Tips
Beverlee Sanders
Christmas Holiday Collection

As trash and recycling collection loads increase during the holiday season, it is important to prepare and place your items correctly for easy collection. Follow these regular and holiday collection tips to make sure your items are collected safely and on time.

Holiday Collection Schedule

Solid Waste Services will not collect trash, recycling, yard waste or bulk items on Friday, Dec. 25. Friday customers will receive service on Monday, Dec. 28. Collection services will occur on a regular schedule on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.

If your collection day is Monday-Thursday, customers should leave their carts by the curb until it is collected next week.

If you are a Solid Waste Services customer, you can sign up to receive collection service updates by texting your collection date to 732-24. Once you register, you will receive a text message any time there is a scheduled or unscheduled delay on your collection day.

Mecklenburg County full-service recycling centers will close at noon on Dec. 24, and will be closed all day on Dec. 25 and 26, and on Jan. 1, 2021. Mecklenburg County full-service centers will reopen on Jan. 2, 2021, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Collection Preparation

All collection items must be placed curbside no sooner than the day before your scheduled collection day and no later than 6 a.m. on your collection day. Here are additional tips to make your items are collected properly:

  • Bag all garbage before putting it into the garbage cart. Loose garbage should not be placed into a garbage cart.

  • Rollout cart lids must be closed completely to ensure proper trash collection. This will reduce the chance of items falling out of the cart onto the ground.

  • Separate yard waste from other curbside trash and recyclables. Each type of collection item should be placed separately at the curb.

  • Cardboard should be cut/torn into small pieces — not folded — and placed loosely in the recycling cart for collection.

  • Do not place plastic bags in your recycling cart. Plastic bags damage recycling machinery and slow item processing. Acceptable recyclable items should be placed loosely in the cart.

  • Do not park on the street on your collection day. On-street parking increases the risk of damage to personal property and can prevent collection.

  • Schedule a bulk item collection if you are discarding larger-than-normal items such as furniture, large appliances or plumbing fixtures.

  • Bulk item waste collection is provided the same day as other collection services but must be scheduled. You can schedule bulk item collection online, through the CLT+ mobile app or by calling 311 or 704.336.7600. Be prepared to provide your name, address and a description of the items you are discarding.

  • Solid Waste Services only collects bulk items placed at the curb in front of the home. Bulk items should not be placed in the same location as the garbage cart.

  • Empty all appliances, remove any doors on appliances, and place tape in the shape of an "x" on TV screens and any glass. This reduces risk of injury to Solid Waste Services crew members.

Christmas Tree Collection

Christmas tree collection will begin Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Real Christmas trees can be placed curbside with other yard waste items. Artificial Christmas trees must be scheduled for bulk item collection. Trees, real or artificial, should be free of any decoration. Lights, ornaments and other tree decorations should be reused, donated or bagged and thrown in the garbage.

Use the Solid Waste Services Waste Wizard tool for tips on how to dispose of other holiday items.