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Routes/Schedules for your services:

Household garbage and compost are all collected on the same day. The city is divided into four collection zones, serviced on either Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, provided there is no holiday. If you are unsure when your collection day is, please follow this link:

Below are recycling schedule maps:

Recycling Schedule Red

Recycling Schedule Blue 

Schedule Changes

Holidays, inclement weather, and other unforeseen circumstances can lead to changes to the routine collection schedule. To stay informed anytime changes are made, you can sign up for alerts using our Code Red system. Click the link below to register. You can also check the Wilson Times, Wilson’s Channel 8, or call 252-399-2424 to inquire about schedule changes.

Emergency Notification System (Code Red)

Holiday Schedule

2020 Holiday Schedule

Environmental services will alter its garbage and recycling collection schedule in observation of several holidays throughout the year. This allows the city workers who serve you all year to enjoy these holidays with their families and loved ones. Your cooperation and understanding are appreciated. 

Containers should be placed behind the curb by 7:00 am on collection day. Junk normally collected at the curb on Wednesdays will not be picked up during holiday schedule weeks. Containers should be retrieved from the curb within 24 hours of collection.

Inclement Weather

In the event that conditions such as hurricanes, snow or ice prevent safe collection by our crews, schedules may be delayed. When conditions permit, collection will resume. We ask your patience during these times.

Leaf Season

Curbside Leaf Collection takes place mid-October to mid-January each year. During this period, residents may place “loose” leaves behind the curb for collection. Peak period occurs between mid-November and Christmas and collection takes longer. Your patience during this time is greatly appreciated.

  • Loose leaves are collected by crews using vacuum machines. To insure city-wide coverage, established routes have been developed and are pre-assigned. Your neighborhood will be serviced as quickly as possible.
  • To expedite pickup, especially during peak season, putting leaves in bags, sheets, roll-outs or other containers enables compost crews to pick them up on your regular yard waste day.

Please Note: It is unlawful and a violation of city code to place, sweep or blow leaves and other yard waste into the curb, gutter, street, storm drains or catch basins. Warning notices will be issued to violators, with tickets issued to repeat offenders. Materials must be placed behind the curb for collection.

Please do not place leaves over water meters or utility boxes.

The employees in the Environmental Services Division are pleased to provide this service to you. We request your cooperation and patience as we work to Keep Wilson Clean and Green!

Special Collections

Spring Clean-Up: April 27 -- May 1, 2020

The last full week of April is designated Spring Clean-Up Week in the City of Wilson. Normal rules for collection are waived except that car frames and construction debris are not picked up. It is not necessary to call in during this time. We ask you patience as participation is widespread and removal takes several weeks. If you desire immediate removal, you are encouraged to haul this waste to the Wilson County Landfill.

Neighborhood Clean-Ups

Organize a group of volunteers and we will provide the materials you need to make your neighborhood clean-up successful. Call 252-399-2424 to plan your project.

Paint Swap

The next Paint Swap date will be posted here when available. The Paint Swap is held at the Wilson County Landfill, off N.C. 42 East. Drop off your latex paint for disposal or reuse, or pick up some for your next project. Call 252-291-7335 for more information.

Oil paint is not collected by the City of Wilson. Latex paint (in liquid form) may not be disposed of with your household garbage. Kitty litter, dirt, or paper strips may be mixed with the paint to solidify the liquid, or the lid may be removed for smaller quantities to dry naturally. Once solid, the paint may be disposed of with your household garbage.

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