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Household Waste and Recycling




  • Waste Industries is the service provider which handles the household waste and recycling  for the Town.
  • Household waste serve is based on property taxes. You are billed for this service with your property taxes. All properties should have a trash can and a recycling can if property taxes are paid. If you are a renter and you do not have a trash/recyling can, you should start with your landlord.
  • If you do not have a trash can and need to obtain one, please contact the Revenue Department (910) 703-8912.



  • If you need to report that your household waste or recycling has not been picked up or if you need a new trash can or recycling can because your current one has been damaged, please submit your request via our convenient Public Works Portal or call the Public Works Office at (910) 497-3390 x 1607.




  • Household waste is picked-up once per week.
  • Recyclables are picked up every other week.
  • Please place container at the curbside no earlier than 5:00 pm the day before pick-up but no later than 6:00 am on the scheduled day of pick-up.
  • Please remember to remove the container from the curbside no later than twelve (12) hours after pick-up.
  • Backyard pick-up is available for disabled residents needing assistance. A doctor’s note is required for this service.
  • All items for pick up MUST fit inside the container – whether it is household waste or recyclables.
  • Place the cart so that the handle is facing your home (not your street)
  • Place your cart so that it is away from obstructions (such as mailboxes, power poles, cars, trees, etc. )
  • Placing your cart correctly at the curb will make it easier to dump and make it less likely to have waste spill out.
  • Keep in mind that service times may vary from week to week. Routes may run late into the day so if you arrive home and your cart has not yet been serviced, please do not roll it in.
  • Items not placed in the cart will not be picked up. All items, including cardboard boxes, needing to be picked up by Waste Industries need to fit inside the can in order to be picked up.
  • Remember, do NOT pack or over stuff your can. Cans are emptied by a mechanical arm.  If the contents of the can are packed too tight, it may not be emptied completely.


    • Please place only refuse (household waste) in the container.
    • NO yard debris, leaves, limbs, recyclables, rocks, sticks or dirt.
    • NO automotive greases or oils.
    • Absolutely NO HOT ashes.
    • NO bundles or bags over eighteen (18) inches in diameter or fifty (50) pounds or too large for one man to lift and no hazardous materials.

There are certain items that will NOT be picked up as part of household waste. They include :

  • Any quantity in excess of one (1) tree greater than thirty (30) feet in height and/or eighteen (18) inches in diameter will be considered lot clearing and will not be picked up.
  • Nothing over six (6) inches in diameter or longer than six (6) feet should be placed at curbside for pick-up.
  • Materials such as car batteries, covered paint cans, fuel tanks, motor oil, hazardous materials, etc.  These items are not acceptable for disposal at a sanitary landfill.
  • Construction/demolition debris, debris generated by a commercial contractor or resulting from clearing and grading – especially no bricks, rock, dirt, etc.
  • Any debris generated by commercial or for hire maintenance operations will not be picked up.
  • No stumps or tree trimmings generated by commercial contractors; these should be removed by the contractor.
  • Hot or live coals or fire.
  • Garbage, trash or waste not properly placed or stored.
  • Large bulky items such as car bodies, storage buildings, auto or truck tires, etc.
  • Other materials restricted by Federal, State, County or Town ordinances.


  • Products, food, drinks, etc. MUST be removed from containers before being placed in the cart for recycling. The best way to accomplish this is to rinse them once.
  • You do not need to sort your recyclables.

    • Newsprint with inserts & magazines
    • Brown, clear and green glass
    • Aluminum beverage containers, steel cans and plastic bottles
    • Office paper and residential mixed paper (junk mail, catalogs and paper boards such as cereal/food boxes)
    • Juice boxes and other drink packages
    • Paper egg cartons and paper grocery bags
    • Clean pizza boxes
    • Holiday gift wrapping paper
    • All plastic bottles (no motor oils)
    • Plastic containers #1-7
    • Must remove products, food drink, etc. from containers by rinsing once

    • Deli containers & Frozen food
    • Containers (not falling in the above)
    • Microwave dinner plates
    • Plastic bags
    • Plastic film or wrap
    • Styrofoam
    • Hazardous items
    • Petroleum Products


The household waste schedule for the Town is Monday – Thursday of each week. On the map, each day is signified by a color as indicated in the left hand corner of the map. Recyclables are picked up Monday thru Thursday, every other week. Recyclables are picked up on the same day as your weekly household trash, just every other week, based on your location.  (The route maps are found on the document page.  Once you determine your day – same as your trash – Household waste map is located on document page – you then determine the route.  Routes are either A or B.  If available, the current year calendar for A route and B route are listed under the route maps on the document page as well.)

When a holiday falls on your normal pick-up day, your refuse will be collected the next business day.  All pick-ups, THAT WEEK ONLY, will be one day later.Waste Industries recognizes the following days as holidays and is subject not to operate on those days. The Town incorporates this information in its closed notices:

      • New Year’s Day
      • Memorial Day
      • Independence Day
      • Labor Day
      • Thanksgiving Day
      • Christmas Day


The Public Works Department prides itself on providing outstanding service to the residents of Spring Lake. Due to the management of the Waste Industries contract, Hosehold Waste and Recycling inquires are managed by John Kleinert and Mike Eckert both of the Public Works Department. Both can be reached by entering the item in the Sanitation portal or by calling (910) 497-3390.

      • Maintenance Director:  Mr. Vandergriff
      • Street Supervisor:  Mike Eckert

The Public Works Department can be contacted by phone, mail or fax:

720 Tuscarora Drive
PO Box 617
Spring Lake, NC 28390
phone: (910) 497-3390
fax: (910) 436-1964

Spring Lake Town Directory


The Town of Spring Lake • PO Box 617 • 300 Ruth Street • Spring Lake, NC 28390 Town Hall: (910) 436 – 0241 • Water Department: (910) 703 – 8912

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