Solid Waste

For the protection of public health, safety and the environment, the Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection regulates solid waste management and franchised garbage collection services in the unincorporated areas of Forsyth County outside of the municipalities.

Solid Waste and Recycling

The Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection promotes pollution prevention, recycling, composting and best management practices for solid waste. Our staff is responsible for enforcement of the county code requirements for solid waste, recycling and prohibiting open burning. Daily activities include inspection of private landfills and mobile home parks, and responding to complaints regarding improper storage and disposal of solid waste, garbage and refuse, illegal dumping, and open burning. Upon request, we conduct individual property evaluations and neighborhood surveys to assess general sanitation and waste management practices.

Citizens are encouraged to report incidents of unauthorized dumping and open burning to the Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection at (336) 703-2440. To report someone littering on any roadway visit Swat-A-Litterbug.

Solid waste services vary depending on where you live in Forsyth County. If you live in one of the municipalities you should contact the town hall or administrative office to inquire about available solid waste services and collection schedules. If you live in an unincorporated area of the county you should direct your inquiries about solid waste collection services and disposal options to our Office at (336) 703-2440.

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Franchised Collection Services

Solid Waste Collection Service

All households and small businesses in the unincorporated areas of the county have access to affordable franchised garbage collection service. Franchised service providers have assigned service areas and provide weekly curbside collection of garbage and refuse from residences and small businesses. The monthly fee for service is set by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners. For information about rates, back door service for subscribers with special needs, or to find out which garbage collection company serves your area, please call (336) 703-2440.

You can also use GeoData Explorer to look up your franchised service provider. Then,

  • Enter your property address in the appropriate box and hit the “Search” button
  • Hit the “Map Layers” button at the top
  • Hit the + sign by “Garbage Collection Service” in the list of layers
  • Click on the empty box beside “Garbage Collection Service” to check it and turn on the layer. The name of the collection company will appear over your property on the map image.
  • Click on the blue circle in the tool bar above the map to turn on the “identify” tool
  • Click on your property on the map image with the “identify” tool
  • Under the Tax Records table, click on the + sign beside the name of your service provider to see their contact information

Curbside Recycling

Curbside Recycling

All households and small businesses in the unincorporated areas of Forsyth County now have access to curbside recycling collection service. Since April of 2012, this optional subscription service has been provided by Waste Management. Beginning November 6, 2103 the new service provider will be Waste Industries. This service will continue to consist of bi-weekly (every other week) single stream collection of co-mingled recyclables from a 96 gallon cart. Beginning November 6th, the rate for service will be $8.65 per month, billed quarterly in advance, including free use of a 96 gallon rollout cart. Please contact Waste Industries at (336) 668-3712 to sign up for this optional subscription service.

For more information, including back door collection service for qualifying subscribers with special needs, please call the Forsyth County Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection at (336) 703-2440.

If you currently subscribe to curbside recycling service with Waste Management, you will need to call Waste Industries at (336) 668-3712 by October 16, 2013 to continue receiving service after November 5th.

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Recycling Convenience Centers

Solid Waste Sitemap

Forsyth County has three recycling convenience centers to drop off recyclables:

  • 445 Lindsay Street, Kernersville
      - Tuesday - Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • 6328 Yadkinville Road, Pfafftown
      - Tuesday - Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Hanes Mill Road Landfill, 325 Hanes Mill Road, Winston-Salem
      - Monday - Friday: 7:00 am - 4:30pm
      - Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Yadkinville RoadLindsay Street

Forsyth County residents can drop off the following items at the convenience centers:

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Chipboard (cracker and cereal boxes)
  • Magazines, newspapers, office paper, telephone books, catalogs
  • Aluminum beverage cans
  • Steel, tin and bi-metal food and beverage cans
  • Glass food and beverage containers (bottles, jars)
  • Plastic bottles

For more information about the recycling convenience centers call (336) 703-2440.

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Landfills

For information about city/county landfills for disposal of household garbage, construction/demolition debris and yard waste in Forsyth County call (336) 727-8000. Landfill Rate Information

Materials Banned From Landfill Disposal

Landfill disposal of the following materials is prohibited by state law (NC General Statute 130A-309.10 (subsections f trough l)):

  • aluminum cans
  • plastic beverage bottles
  • white goods (appliances)
  • oyster shells
  • computers and televisions
  • wooden pallets
  • scrap tires
  • lead acid batteries
  • used motor oil
  • used oil filters
  • antifreeze (ethylene glycol)

For information about disposal/recycling options for these banned materials please call (336) 703-2440.

Land Clearing and Inert Debris Landfills

Debris The Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection performs waste acceptance inspections at all privately owned Land Clearing and Inert Debris (LCID) landfills in Forsyth County. These landfills accept stumps, trees and other vegetation from land clearing activities; unpainted bricks, concrete blocks, concrete, used asphalt, rock and uncontaminated soil. They are not approved to accept any other construction and demolition debris.

For more information about LCID landfills including a list of approved facilities open to the public in Forsyth County, please call us at (336) 703-2440

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Household Hazardous Waste

Forsyth County residents can drop off household hazardous waste and electronics, free of charge, at 3RC-The EnviroStation located at 1401 South Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Winston-Salem (across from Bowman Gray Stadium). Materials accepted include paint, pesticides, automotive fluids, car batteries, televisions, computers and computer accessories.

Hours of operation:
Tuesday-Friday 9:00 am-2:00pm
Saturday 9:00-noon

For more information about 3RC-The EnviroStation please call (336) 784-4300.

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