Garbage & Recycling

On Schedule

If you have any questions, please contact Town of Harrisburg Customer Service at: 704-455-5614 or you may contact Waste Pro directly at: 980-255-3800


Garbage is collected weekly and recycling is collected every other week on regularly-scheduled garbage collection days by Waste Pro. Residents can look up collection day by street on this website. Waste Pro will be closed on the following holidays and will operate on a one-day delay the remainder of the holiday week, with Friday service provided on Saturday:

2018 Residential Holiday Schedule

  • New Year’s Day -  Monday, January 1, 2018
  • Memorial Day - Monday, May 28, 2018
  • July 4 - Wednesday, July 4, 2018
  • Labor Day - Monday, September 3, 2018
  • Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 22, 2018
  • Christmas Day - Tuesday, December 25, 2018

There will be NO delay on the following holidays:

  • Martin Luther King Day - Monday, January 15, 2018
  • Good Friday - Friday, March 30, 2018
  • Veterans Day - Monday, November 12, 2018

Download the 2017-2018 Recycling & Waste Schedule

If you are moving into a newly constructed residence, we will call Waste Pro to have them deliver a trash container to your new home.

Garbage & Recycling Collection Tips

  • Your trash should be placed in tied plastic bags before putting it into your garbage container.
  • Roll your containers to the road the night before your collection day. Collection routes are serviced beginning at 6 a.m.
  • During holiday weeks, garbage and recycling collection will operate on a one-day delay. Friday collection routes will be picked up on Saturday during holiday weeks.
  • Only household garbage and standard recycling materials will be picked up weekly by Waste Pro. Call Waste Pro at 980-255-3800 to schedule bulk item pick up for oversized items that do not fit in carts.
  • Please curb your container properly: within five feet of the road, clear of trees and overhanging limbs, with cart wheels away from the road (lid hinge away from the road).
  • Do not place the roll out next to your mailbox.
  • Place everything inside garbage cart. Do not place anything on top of the cart.
  • Do not use trash cans or any garbage container other than the cart issued by Waste Pro.
  • If you are consistently filling your cart, you can request a second cart from Waste Pro at 980-255-3800. A second cart will be delivered to you at cost. The Town is only responsible for the cost of one container per household.

Not sure if it is recyclable? When in doubt, throw it out!
A small amount of non-recyclable materials can ruin thousands of pounds of recyclable goods.

Recycling Do’s & Don’ts


  • Make sure your recyclables are clearly identifiable and light weight – preferably plastic.
  • Remove lids.
  • Don’t recycle containers larger than 20 gallons.
  • Recycle metal cans (aluminum and steel) including soft drink, beer and food cans.
  • Rinse cans clean of food and debris.
  • Recycle newspapers, office papers, paper grocery bags and cardboard, including daily papers, copy papers and form feed computer paper.
  • Only small amounts of flattened corrugated cardboard (2ft. x 3ft.) can be recycled.
  • Recycle junk mail, magazines, catalogs and phone books, including all junk mail and shiny paper inserts.
  • Recycle plastic containers (PETE #1 or HDPE #2), including soft drink bottles, liquor bottles, milk jugs and detergent bottles.
  • To make sure a container is recyclable, check the bottom. The recycling symbol circling the number 1-7 indicates an item is recyclable. Rinse out, flatten and remove caps/lids.
  • Recycle glass bottles and jars, including clear, green and brown glass. Remove caps and lids and rinse clean.


  • No plastic grocery bags, egg cartons or Styrofoam.
  • No coat hangers, lids or other scrap metal, including hub caps, pots and pans.
  • No books, including hard back books and text books.
  • No ceramics, mirrors, window frames, plate glass or light bulbs.
  • No glassware.
  • No large boxes.

Other Items Not Allowed in the Landfill
Yard Debris: Yard debris is accepted at the Mecklenburg County compost facilities or may be collected by the Town. Call Compost Central for details at 704-588-9070. Compost Central also offers information on how to recycle yard waste and start composting.

Waste Oil: Most service stations have waste oil tanks and will usually accept waste oil at no charge. Waste oil is used in making asphalt and can also be purified for reuse.

Paint: Remove lids to allow paint to harden. When paint has hardened, it may be placed in a garbage cart for regular pick up.

Batteries: Sellers will accept old batteries when purchasing a new battery. Most auto parts stores accept old batteries at any time.

Tires: When new tires are purchased, the seller will accept old tires. Most tire dealers will accept used tires at any time for free or a small fee.

Electronics: E-waste may contain toxic chemicals and has been banned from North Carolina landfills. Electronics can be taken to recycling centers. Local facilities accepting these items for free are Cabarrus County Household Hazardous Waste (704-920-3278) and Cabarrus County Construction and Demolition Landfill (704-920-2950).

Thank you for recycling and preparing your waste properly!

Recycling Trivia

  • The average individual produces four pounds of waste per day.
  • The average home produces 4,000 pounds of waste a year.
  • In 1982, it cost $8,000,000,000 to bury the trash in America.
  • Over half of landfill space is taken by paper.
  • Each ton of cardboard recycled saves 14 million British Thermal Units of energy.
  • One three-foot stack of newspaper equals one thirty-foot tree.
  • Each ton of paper recycled saves 17 trees.
  • 75% of all trash can be used to create some form of energy.
  • One pint of oil will cause a slick that will cover one acre.
  • America generates about 200 million tires annually and nearly 100% could be reclaimed.

If you need assistance, please contact Waste Pro at 980-255-3800. To file a compliment, complaint or request, please click here.


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