Solid Waste Division


To better protect the health of our employees, the City of Burlington Solid Waste Division is modifying yard waste collection and bulk/junk collection services. As a way to ensure crew member safety, we’ve limited our operations so there’s only one occupant inside truck cabs and so they will have less contact with plastic surfaces. The following modifications will go into effect on Monday 4/6 to ensure minimal disruption to current service schedules:  

  • NO MORE YARD WASTE IN PLASTIC BAGS – Our employees manually emptied the contents of plastic bags into the truck. Not touching plastic bags limits their possible exposure to COVID-19. It also removes a time-consuming process while crews are smaller to maintain social distancing. Yard waste may be put at the curb in CONTAINERS (MAX. 32-GAL and 50LBS) or tied into SMALL BUNDLES. 
  • YARD/JUNK/BULK WASTE PICKUP WILL EXPERIENCE DELAYS - With these modifications, it will take us longer to get through routes. We appreciate your patience as we adjust to changing circumstances. 
It is the goal of the City to minimize exposure of our staff to COVID-19 to ensure that we can continue to offer critical services. Stay tuned for any further modifications during this evolving situation. 

Chris Felts, Solid Waste Superintendent

 206 E. Summit Ave.


(P): 222-5111

The City of Burlington Public Works Department – Solid Waste Division (formerly known as the Sanitation Division) provides weekly curbside collection of household garbage, yard waste collection, and bulk waste collection. Detailed information can be found by accessing the City's Solid Waste Guide. The office hours are 7:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please direct specific questions directly to (336) 222-5111.

Below, you will find a summary of all of the services provided by the City as well as links to additional information about each.

Household Garbage Collection

Curbside automated garbage collection occurs once a week. Collection days are either on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, depending on the location. This interactive map is available to help determine the collection day. Additional ways to determine the collection schedule are also available by clicking here.

The City issues each residential customer one black 95 gallon roll out container that must be placed at the curb by 7:00 am on the specified location’s scheduled collection day. The container must have a clearance of 5 feet on each side and 15 feet above the container to be serviced. Details regarding solid waste collection can be found in the Solid Waste Guide
The City also requires the removal of the container from the curb by 7:00 pm on the same day of collection.

The City provides solid waste services in multi-family developments where collection is feasible. To learn more about this option, follow this link.

Because Collection Schedules are often altered by Holidays, schedule modifications are advertised on the City's website 
homepage, through the City's email notification system, on the City's social mediaand in Times-News.  To view a current year holiday calendar to see if a Holiday will alter a specific solid waste collection, click here

Yard Waste Collection

Yard waste is collected on the same day as Household Garbage. Yard waste must be at the curbside by 7:00 am.  Get more details about yard waste collection by following this link.

Bulk Waste Collection

Bulk Waste (tree limbs and junk) are collected on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday on a convenience schedule. Bulk collection trucks collect white goods, large "junk," and yard brush separately. Learn more about the options for disposal of Electronic Waste by clicking here. Get more details from the Bulk Waste guide by following this link.

Items not collected

Certain items will NOT be collected by the City. Some examples of items NOT collected are:  building, remodeling and contractors waste including wood, automobile parts, tires, batteries, dirt, rock, masonry, sealed containers, liquids, chemicals, hazardous wastes, paints, logs, stumps, fluorescent lights, recyclablesand bulk waste from businesses and institutions. For specific questions about an item please call (336) 222-5111. 

Recycling Services

The City contracts with a private hauler, GFL Waste Industries, INC to provide curbside recycling service every other week. Typical items that are recycled are;  corrugated cardboard & chipboard, newspaper, inserts, magazines, phone books, mixed paper, inserts/junk mail, aluminum and steel cans, glass bottles and jars, plastic milk jugs, plastics labeled #1-#7, soda bottles and water bottles. DO NOT place these items in the black City container or yard waste containers. Please direct recycling inquiries to GFL Waste Industries, INC at (336) 229-0525.  Additional recycling information may be found here.

Electronic Waste Collection Events

Three times a year, the City holds FREE E-Waste Recycling Days. These events have been very successful and give Burlington citizens an option to keep Electronic Waste out of landfills as banned by the State. These annual events are held multiple times a year from 9AM-2PM at the Public Works Department Operations Yard located at 234 East Summit Avenue. See full schedule.