In the past 25 years, the Town of Clayton has doubled the amount of solid waste we collect for you. We now offer a 96-gallon garbage cart, a 96-gallon recycling cart, weekly yard waste collection, and weekly loose leaf collection during the Fall. Waste Management is the company we contract with to provide residential waste collection. Residents used to only have a 64-gallon recycling cart, but Waste Management has been switching everyone out to the 96-gallon carts. If you still don't have the 96'er, give us a call at 919-553-1530, we'll see if we can speed up that FREE trade-up!
REMEMBER: All garbage and recycling MUST be INSIDE your 96-gallon carts with the lid closed.
Bags of garbage at the curb will no longer be picked up.
If you don't have enough room for your waste every week, you may want to order a second cart:
An extra 96-gallon garbage cart is just $3.98/month!
An extra 96-gallon recycling cart is just $3.01/month!
When Is Pick-Up Day?
Want to know when weekly garbage pick-up is? Wondering if this is recycling week? When is yard waste day?
Remember recycling is every other week, so check the red/blue color calendar on the last page to see which week is your recycle week. These schedules are subject to change due to delays from bad weather, unusually large volumes of trash or landfill closures. We make every effort to notify you in advance of any changes. But generally…if our crews or our contractor, Waste Management, don't come on your scheduled collection day, please call our operations department to report this.
What Can I Recycle?
Almost anything! We pick up recycling every OTHER week. Print out this handy Recycle Poster and hang on the fridge or read more in this easy-to-use Recycling Guide. If your family recycles so much that you need a second cart, please call us at 919-553-5002.
Please DO NOT PUT PLASTIC BAGS in your recycling cart! Throw everything in loose - bottles, can, paper - as long as it's dry and fairly clean - it can all be sorted at the plant. But plastic grocery bags can clog the sorting machines and SHUT DOWN the ENTIRE recycling plant! If drivers see plastic bags in your cart, they'll leave a notice that they could not pick up your cart. So KEEP OUT PLASTIC BAGS!
Interested in recycling electronics? There are more options in our area than you think. By law, you are not allowed to throw electronics in the garbage. Check out your alternatives to clear out the clutter!
Weekly Leaves & Limbs
Leaves, grass clippings, and yard trimmings: You can bag these year-round and they're picked up every week on your yard waste day. Or you can place them in containers (no greater than 50 gallons please!). Do not mix in with limbs or sticks - it's a violation and will result in NON-pick-up.
Limbs: Every residence is entitled to one 6’ x 6’ x 3’ pile of yard waste EVERY week. That's 6-ft deep from the curb, 6-ft wide and 3-ft high. You can have several small piles, but your piles IN TOTAL must not be larger than the allowed 6' X 6' X 3' dimensions.
In the past, if you put out more limbs than were allowed, Waste Management would pick up the allowed amount and leave the rest to be picked up at a later date. That practice is ending because it often meant limbs would sit for weeks at the curb, generating lots of neighbor complaints.
Limbs are not picked up by a giant machine with a claw - they're picked up by a person with their hands. That job is almost impossible when your piles are a massive, tangled mess. Please follow these regulations when placing out your limbs and try to picture whether a human being could actually pick them up and get them into the back of a truck. Limbs have to be cut a specific size and piles also need to be kept a specific size!
- Limbs up to 4” in diameter can't be longer than 6 feet.
- Limbs wider than 4” in diameter need to be cut into lengths of 2 feet or less.
- Limbs greater than 10” in diameter will not be collected.
- A pile of correctly cut limbs should be no more than 6-ft deep from the curb, 6-ft wide and 3-ft high. That's approximately 4 cubic yards picked up every week. If you have multiple piles, the volume of ALL piles can not TOTAL more than the allowed 6X6X3 dimensions. In other words - we allow customers to create multiple piles if that's convenient for them, but if you were to throw all those piles together in one big pile - that pile can not exceed 6X6X3 or roughly 4 cubic yards.
- If you have more limbs out than the dimensions above, NONE of it will be collected—you MUST schedule a Special Pick-Up, which comes with a fee! If you do not schedule a Special Pick-Up, you will be considered to be in violation of Town code and will receive a warning or citation from our Code Enforcement Officer with a deadline to comply. If you do not comply by the deadline, the Town will pick up everything and charge you the total cost of the special pick-up.
- Avoid the fee by simply placing the allowed amount of limbs at the curb over the course of a few weeks.
If you have questions or need to schedule a special pick-up, please call 919-553-1530.
Seasonal Loose Leaf Pickup (October 1st –January 31st)
Between October 1st and January 31st, the Town performs curbside vacuum collection of loose leaves. This service is provided the next business day following your regularly scheduled trash day. If your trash service day is Monday, leaves will be collected on Tuesday; those with trash service on Friday will have leaves removed on Monday. During the peak season there may be times the volume of leaves is SO great or the leaves are SO wet that this schedule may be off by a day or two. Leaves only! Please make sure your piles are free of rocks, sticks, dirt and debris. These can clog up the machines, cause damage and delay this great service! Leaves should be placed behind the curb, not in the gutter or in the drainage ditch. You also have the option to bag your leaves or place them in a cart (no bigger than 50 gallons please!) and they’ll be picked up on your regular yard waste day ALL YEAR LONG.
Large Item Pick-ups
You will need to call to request a special pick-up for items such as larger amounts of yard waste, furniture, appliances (white goods), tires, etc. Pick-up is always on a Friday. The fee will be charged to your utility bill based on the type of material. Click here to see the fees for Large Item Pick-Ups. Please call us at 919-553-1530 by Thursday 4:00 PM and place your items at your curb on Thursday night.
Christmas Tree Pick-Up
Yes, we pick them up! They are picked up on your regular yard waste day. Just place them at the edge of your yard, not in the curb, and PLEASE make sure you’ve removed all lights, ornaments and other decorations first!
Has your trash or recycling cart lost a wheel or is it missing a lid? We may be able to repair it or get you a new one, just call 919-553-1530.
Need an extra cart? Order an additional recycling or trash cart by calling 919-553-5002. A second trash cart is $3.98 more per month. A recycling cart is $3.01 more per month.
Want to learn about Document Shred or Electronic Recycling events, head to our News & Events page!