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​Municipal Residential  Curbside Collection

 Mecklenburg County DOES NOT collect curbside trash or recycling.  

Curbside collection is performed by either the City of Charlotte or one of the Towns.  

If you have questions regarding a MISSED collection or would like to request a SPECIAL COLLECTION, such as bulky trash, dead animals, old televisions, etc., contact the community where you live using the information shown below.

If you live in an unincorporated area of Mecklenburg County, and you desire curbside collection, you will need to contract a residential hauling company.

Do you have questions about what you can recycle curbside

Mecklenburg County residents ALL follow the same guidelines on what can and cannot be recycled at your home.  While the County does not COLLECT your materials, the County does PROCESS them at our Materials Recovery Facility  So please remember to RECYCLE RIGHT and only recycle curbside the items that we can process.  Help us STOP wishful recycling. Unacceptable items contaminate the recyclables making whole loads unacceptable to our end users.

The following information is provided as a courtesy and may not reflect the most recent information from these towns.  Please check their websites for up-to-date content.


City of Charlotte

Garbage and yard waste collection services are provided weekly. Recycling collection is provided every other week but on the same day as garbage and yard waste collection. Bulky waste collection is provided on the same as other collection services but must be scheduled for collection (see “Schedule it!” below).
To ensure collection, all items must be placed curbside by 6:30 am on your collection day. Please do not block the sidewalk. Garbage and recycling carts must be removed from the curb by midnight on your collection day. For additional information on Curb it! visit or call CharMeck 311.

Need a second garbage or recycling cart? Call CharMeck 311 to order a second cart. There is a fee for each additional cart.  

Do you live in an apartment or other multi-family property?  Charlotte provides garbage, recycling and bulky waste collection services to you as well. Visit Multi-Family Collection  for more information.

Recycle it! Recycling Preparation Tips

  • Rinse and remove all food/liquid residue from recyclable items.

  • Do not bag recyclables.

  • Place the recycling cart within six feet of the curb and at least three feet away from other collection items (garbage cart, yard trimmings and bulky waste) and obstacles such as mailboxes, vehicles, telephone poles, etc.

Prep it! Yard Trimmings Preparation Tips

  • Trimmings from shrubs and trees must be no longer than five feet in length and no larger than four inches in diameter.

  • Cut limbs and logs to four inches in diameter.

  • Place leaves and grass clippings in untied plastic bags, untied kraft (brown paper) bags or uncovered trash cans (not City-issued rollout carts). Piles should be separated and sorted by type of yard waste (limbs, loose debris, bagged/container or logs). Separated piles should be no longer than ve feet long and three feet high.

  • Allow two feet between each pile.

  • Place yard waste within six-feet of the curb and at least three feet away from other collection items (rollout carts, bulky waste) and obstacles such as vehicles, mailboxes, telephone poles, etc.

Schedule it! Bulky Waste Preparation Tips

  • Items such as household furnishings, appliances, mattresses, box springs, lawn equipment and similar items too large to be placed in the garbage rollout cart and not eligible for recycling or yard trimmings collection are considered bulky waste. If the bulky waste is a reusable item, such as furniture or building supplies, consider donating to a non-profit organization. Contact Goodwill Industries, United Way, Habitat for Humanity Restore, the Salvation Army, or Crisis Assistance Ministry for more information.

  • Bulky waste must be scheduled for collection. Items placed at the curb without scheduling WILL NOT be collected. Place bulky waste at the curb no later than 6:30 am on the day you are scheduled for collection. To schedule your bulky waste collection, call CharMeck 311, visit or download the Mobile App from your mobile device app store.


  • Residents can also drop off bulky items, recyclables, and household hazardous waste, at one of the County's full-service drop-off center.  Construction materials must be removed by the construction 

Bag it! Garbage Preparation Tips


  • Bag all garbage before placing it in the rollout cart. Garbage only! Recyclables should not be bagged.

  • Do not over fill carts.

  • Place the garbage cart within six feet of the curb and at least three feet from other collection items (recycling rollout cart, yard waste and bulky waste) and obstacles such as mailboxes, vehicles, telephone poles, etc.


Office Location:

2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208


Hours: Disposal Site Hours Mon-Sat  7 a.m. - 4 p.m.


General Inquiries
311 or 980-314-3867