The City of Graham is currently under contract with Waste Industries Inc. for the collection of recyclables. You will be furnished with a container for the disposal of selected materials. There will be literature with each bin explaining what is collected and also a calendar with schedules. Recyclables will be collected every other week. Your scheduled day of service will be Wednesday. Containers are to be placed at the curb by 7AM.

Recycling Schedule
Recyclable Materials

For more information please contact Waste Industries at


Solid Waste Collection Rules:

  • All waste must be within the container.
  • Containers should be placed at the curb by 7:00am on your collection day.
  • Place containers so that the handles are oriented away from the street at least 5 feet away from vehicles, mailboxes, or other objects.
  • Do not place recyclables, electronics or yard debris in your City garbage containers.
  • Containers must be promptly removed from the street following collection.

Holiday Garbage Schedule 2020

Yard Waste

The City offers once per week collection of yard waste.  Items acceptable for collection include grass clippings, leaves, garden trimmings and brush.  All such material must be in a permanent reusable container provided by the user. Yard waste containers should be no larger than 32 gallons with handles for easy pick-up and weigh less than 50 pounds.

Large limbs and brush should not exceed 10 inches in diameter and 6 feet in length. These limbs should be piled neatly at the edge of road or back of curb. Logs larger than 10 inches and stumps are not serviced. Please be  mindful of overhead obstructions.

Yard waste in plastic bags will not be serviced. Yard waste, shall be placed at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the day of collection and be well away from the garbage container. The City will collect large limbs and brush up to 3 cubic yards per week. After 3 cubic yards a charge for $6.00 per bite will be accessed. City forces will not collect limbs and brush resulting from anyone hired by the homeowner. It will be the worker’s responsibility to dispose of that waste. You can determine your collection day for yard waste by following the link to the map of citywide trash pickup.

Loose Leaf Collection

The city offers a loose leaf collection in the fall and winter each year.  The collection schedule is printed in the Graham newsletter each fall.  Only during this time will loose leaves be collected at the street.  Other times of the year you must follow the guidelines printed in the yard waste section.

Sanitation FAQ’s

Can I dispose of building materials, home improvement waste, contractor waste, logs, stumps, masonry, rocks, dirt, tires, liquids, batteries, auto parts, sealed containers, drums, or hazardous waste in my regular trash can?

No, the above items are not collected by the Sanitation Department either because they are banned by the Alamance County Landfill or the weight would be prohibitively expensive for the city to provide. Removal of these items is the sole responsibility of the homeowner.

Will the city pick up e-waste like electronics or tv’s?

No, the above items are not collected by the Sanitation Department. Removal of these items is the sole responsibility of the homeowner.

How do I deal with yard waste like small tree limbs, cuttings, shrubs or other similar materials?

A charge, fixed by the city council, will be made for hauling tree limbs, cuttings, shrubbery or similar materials.  All trimmings shall be cut in six-foot lengths, and placed by the curb. No tree trimmings will be hauled for commercial tree contractors. No stumps or logs exceeding 50 pounds in weight will be hauled by the sanitation department.

How do I get rid of my old appliances, mattresses, or large furniture?

Bulk items such as stoves, dryers, refrigerators, mattress & box springs, washing machines, water heaters, discarded furniture or any items that will not fit in the provided container will be collected on a call in basis only. For bulk items, after the first two items, a fee will be assessed. Call the Sanitation Department to schedule the pickup.

If you have any questions, feel free to call the Sanitation Division at 336-570-6709, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00  p.m. Monday thru Friday.