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Solid Waste & Recycling Collection

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As a service to its residents, the Town of Huntersville provides garbage collection services.  This service for residential garbage, recycling, and small amounts of yard debris is currently handled by a private contractor, Waste Connections, Inc. The Town also offers a large or bulk item pickup for additional fee.




The Town of Huntersville's collection of solid waste, yard waste and recyclables is consistent with the waste reduction goals of Mecklenburg County's Solid Waste Management Plan.  Click HERE for more information about the Solid Waste Management Plan.
NOTE: Items Banned from Disposal in Landfills

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Garbage and Yard Waste Schedule (Effective June 1, 2015)

Recycling A Week Collection (Effective June 1, 2015)

Recycling B Week Collection (Effective June 1, 2015)

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Garbage Collection Recycling  Yard Waste   Bulk Item Pickup Solid Waste Best Practices

Garbage Collection

As a service to its residents, the Town of Huntersville provides garbage collection services through a private contractor. Household garbage collection is handled by Waste Connections and will be picked up once a week. All garbage must be placed in the designated roll-out container and placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day. Waste Connections utilizes fully automated curbside waste collection, so please follow the guidelines outlined below when curbing your roll-out:

• Curb your roll-out container the night before your collection day.  Please leave space between the carts of 3 feet.

• Place your roll-out within 4 feet of the road. Do not place the roll-out next to your mailbox.  Make sure it is clear of trees and overhanging limbs.

• Make sure the wheels of your roll-out are away from the road (the lid hinge should be placed away from the road).

Household garbage that does not meet the above criteria will be tagged as non-compliant. If the resident makes household garbage conform, it will be collected at the next regularly scheduled pick-up. 

Waste Connections is not responsible for missed pick-ups if the container is not curbside. Roll-out containers are the property of Waste Connections and must not be removed from the premises. 

If you have any questions or would like to arrange for service, call Waste Connections at 704-596-9428. 

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Recycling collection is handled by Waste Connections and will be collected once every two weeks. Recycling must be curbside by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day. 

Items that can be recycled include:
• Paper
• Aluminum and Metal Cans
• Plastic Bottles, Jugs & Tubs (with caps & lids)
• Aluminum Containers
• Cardboard
• Mail
• Pizza and Food Boxes
• Juice and Milk Cartons
• Glass Bottles & Jars
• Steel/Tin Cans
• Plastics 1-5 & 7
• Empty Aerosol Cans

Note: It is a state law that plastics 1 & 2 as well as aluminum must be recycled.

Non-Recyclable Items (Items are not appropriate for curbside service)

• Appliances
• Auto parts (Accepted at Mecklenburg County's Full Service Recycling Centers)
• Bulky Waste 
• Clothing (Consider donating, if cannot be donated, place bagged items in garbage cart)
• Construction Debris
• Electronics (Accepted at Mecklenburg County's Full Service Recycling Centers)
• Food
• Food Wrappers/Plastic Film
• Garbage
• Hoses (Place bagged hoses in garbage cart) 
Electrical Cords (Accepted at Mecklenburg County Full Service Recycling Center)
• Light bulbs and Household Glass (Bring to Mecklenburg County Full Service Recycling Center for Proper Management)
• Mini blinds
• Paper plates/cups/napkins
• Plastics #6
• Plastic Bags (Many stores have programs that accept these)
• Plastic food trays/cups/cutlery
• Pots and Pans
• Shredded Paper
• Styrofoam
• Tarps
• Wire Hangers
• Yard Waste
• Paint, Pesticides, Automotive Fluids, Car & Other Batteries (Take to one of Mecklenburg County's Full Service Recycling Centers for disposal) 

Note: Appliances should not be placed in rollout containers. Batteries and light bulbs are considered household hazardous waste and need to be taken to one of Mecklenburg County's Full-Service Recycling Centers

Recycling that does not meet the above criteria will be tagged as non-compliant. Please call Waste Connections at 704-596-9428 for more information.

Residents can also drop off recyclables at the North Mecklenburg Recycling Center and Yard Waste located at 12300 N. Statesville Road. Contact the Center for more information at (704) 947-8761.

Recycling Center Locator - Enter Your Address to Locate the Nearest Recycling Drop-Off Center within Mecklenburg County.

Mecklenburg County Wipe Out Waste Guide 

2017-2018 Recycling Fees and Information Brochure for Disposal & Recycling Convenience Centers (Fees effective on July 1, 2017)

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Yard Waste
Yard Waste collection is handled by Waste Connections and will be collected every week. Yard waste consists of excess leaves, grass, tree and shrubbery trimmings, and other organic material removed in general maintenance of property by the homeowner. Yard waste does not consist of construction debris, demolition debris, dirt, rock, brick, block, sod, water, pavement, cutting of entire trees, or any other material that could be defined as household waste or is not compost material. 

Yard waste must be placed on the curb by 7:00 a.m. of the specified pick-up day. Do not place yard debris on the sidewalk. All yard waste must be placed in the yard waste cart. Yard waste containers with limbs extending no more than 12 inches above the rim of the container will be collected. Please leave space between carts of 3 feet. 

Waste generated by private landscaping contractors will not be collected. Personal tree cuttings including piles of limbs must also be taken away by the homeowner. Grass clippings will not be collected in bags. Residents who consistently generate more than one container of grass clippings per week may add another cart for a monthly fee payable to Waste Connections. 

Residents are allowed 5 bags of yard debris during regular months and up to 10 bags during heavy leaf season (November 1 - January 15). Bags must be clear or transparent and no larger than 25 gallon. From January 15 through October 31st, Waste Connections will collect up to 5 bags. Residents may also use opaque bags as long as they are left open. Plastic bags are not allowed in the yard waste roll-out container.

To reduce yard waste, residents are urged to mulch or grasscycle, whereby the clippings from the grass are left on the yard to provide additional moisture and nutrients to the yard.

During the holidays, the contractor will collect Christmas trees, garlands, and wreaths. These items must be stripped of all wires, lights, ornaments, etc.

For more information call Waste Connections at 704-596-9428.

Yard waste can also be taken to the North Mecklenburg Yard Waste Facility at 12300 N. Statesville Road.  Charges may apply depending on vehicle type and quantity of materials. 

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Solid Waste Best Practices

Solid Waste Best Practices List
1) Please be sure your yard waste does not exceed a height limit of 12 inches above the trash container rim. 

2) Please be sure your yard waste is contained inside your container.

3) Do not put bulk waste in your household garbage containers. Just because bulk waste may fit in your container, does not mean it belongs there. Bulk waste can be picked up by the Town of Huntersville (fees apply) or disposed of in a Mecklenburg County Full-Service Convenience Center (fees may apply).

4) Do not bag up your recycling. Recycling should be stored loosely in Recycling bin.

5) Rinse your recyclables to remove food/liquid residue.

6) Avoid putting household hazardous waste in your trash cans. Mecklenburg County has a Household Hazardous Waste Program that accepts hazardous materials from residents. 

7) Be sure your household garbage is bagged up. 

8) Do not put ashes or hot charcoal in your curbside containers. This can cause damage.


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