The City of Rocky Mount collects recyclables on the same day as household trash and yard waste collection. To guarantee collection, residents should place their container at the curb no later than 7:00 am on their day of collection. Recycling for multi-family locations and businesses are provided through four (4) drop-off sites located throughout the City.

In January 2015, all residential customers were converted to twice per month collection. The goals associated with the conversion include:

  • Improve the quality of service and increase residential participation by making curbside recycling more convenient.

  • Increase the amount of recyclable material collected which will result in decreased waste being sent to a landfill. This will also reduce disposal costs incurred by the City.

  • Make it easier for residents to take recyclable materials to the curb through offering a larger recycling container with an attached lid and wheels. Wheeled containers are easy to move; attached lids will help keep neighborhoods cleaner by preventing recyclables from blowing.

  • Allow the City to implement twice per month collection in the neighborhoods receiving the carts. The combination of larger containers and twice per month collection should result in more participation as well as lower fuel consumption.

Residential customers converted to twice per month collection have been assigned to one of two routes (green route or red route). Customers of the green route receive service on the first and third weeks of the month and customers on the red route receive service on the second and fourth weeks of the month. The first week of the month is defined as the first week that includes a Tuesday as this allows for collection on all four days. For more detailed information regarding this schedule and for the twice per month recycling program in general, download the appropriate brochure below.