Solid Waste Management Department

Durham Updates Solid Waste Collection Schedule Due to 

Monday’s Severe Weather

Today’s Collections to Focus on Garbage and Recycling Only; 

Yard Waste & Bulky Services Suspended Today

DURHAM, N.C. - The City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department is making another collections schedule change for yard waste and bulky items customers due to today’s heavy rains and flash flooding, which has closed numerous streets throughout Durham.

Yard waste and bulky services customers not collected on Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14 will not be serviced today as previously announced in order to allow crews to focus on garbage and recycling collections only.

All yard waste and bulky services customers will now start their normal weekly collections schedule beginning on Tuesday, September 18. Thursday and Friday customers missed last week will receive their regularly scheduled collections on their normal pick-up day this week.

Curbside collections are now slowly underway to collect garbage and recycling customers not collected on Thursday, September 13. As a reminder, this means that collection for all garbage and recycling customers who receive curbside services are still delayed by one business day for this entire week as follows:

  • Monday garbage and recycling customers – Tuesday, September 18 collection
  • Tuesday garbage and recycling customers – Wednesday, September 19 collection
  • Wednesday garbage and recycling customers  – Thursday, September 20 collection
  • Thursday garbage and recycling customers  – Friday, September 21 collection

Additionally, the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (Transfer Station), located 2115 E. Club Boulevard, is open today and operating under normal hours.




Per the City of Durham Fee Schedule

The Solid Waste Management Department partners with the community to provide exceptional customer service and outstanding waste collection, recycling, and disposal services in a safe, efficient, cost effective, and environmentally sound manner. The department enhances the appearance of the city and environment by providing the following services:

  • Bulky Items Collection
  • Garbage Collection
  • Recycling Collection
  • Television Collection
  • Yard Waste Collection

Strategic Plan
The Solid Waste Management Departmental Strategic Plan and the city’s Strategic Plan, ensures that the department provides professional management that contributes to creating thriving, livable communities and a well-managed city. Through the Waste Reduction and Sustainability Program, the department continually increases recycling and waste stream diversion opportunities, which improves the quality and sustainability of neighborhoods. Solid Waste Management strives to reduce garbage tonnage by 10% within 3 years and increase recycling participation to 95%.
The department also operates the Hazardous Waste Center, Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (Transfer Station) and Swap Shop enabling residents to divert recyclable and hazardous items from landfills.

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