Solid Waste Division Operations

The Utilities Division is responsible for providing Winston-Salem and Forsyth County residents, businesses, industry, and contractors and developers access to facilities for the safe disposal of solid waste. Our Mission is to provide, as an enterprise, environmentally and economically acceptable means of solid waste disposal (excluding hazardous, infectious and radioactive wastes) of current and future wastes generated in Forsyth County.

Landfill Permit online application, valid for 2 trips per year from date of issue.

Residential and Commercial Solid Waste Landfills

The Division operates a state-permitted, active, sanitary landfill at Hanes Mill Road. Additionally, the Division supervises closed-out landfill operations on Ebert Street, Airport Road, Overdale and Link Road. For additional information, please call City Link at 336-727-8000.

The Hanes Mill Road landfill is located at

325 Hanes Mill Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27105

Construction and Demolition Waste Disposal
The Division operates a state-permitted, active, construction and demolition landfill on Old Salisbury Road for waste materials generated for construction and demolition activities. These materials may also be disposed at Hanes Mill Road Landfill. For other information, please call City Link at 336-727-8000.

Old Salisbury Road Construction and Demolition Landfill is located at 3336 Old Salisbury Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27127

Solid Waste Rates and Fees 
See the current Solid Waste rates and fees [pdf/150kb/1p]

Yard Waste Management Facilities
N.C. State Law (130A-309.10(F) 3) prohibits the disposal of yard waste (e.g., leaves, grass clippings, tree limbs, brush, etc.) in sanitary landfills. Therefore, the Utilities Division operates two (2) permanent yard waste drop-off and processing sites, Overdale Yard Waste Facility at 4010 Old Milwaukee Ln. in Winston-Salem [Map] and Forum 52 Yard-waste Facility at 180 Northstar Dr. in Rural Hall [Map]. Both of these facilities, operated by a contractor, Wallace Farm, accept yard waste from the general public, private companies and the City Sanitation yard waste collection crews throughout the year.

Yard waste, exclusive of loose leaves, received at both facilities is ground and then transported to the contractor’s facility in Davie County. Loose leaves that are delivered by the Sanitation Division to the Forum 52 Yard Waste Facility are composted and distributed free of charge to the general public in the spring of each year. The City Sanitation Division operates a loose leaf Transfer Station on 32nd St. This facility is not open to the public and only accepts leaves from the City Sanitation crews during the leaf season. A portion of these leaves are transferred to the Forum 52 Facility but most are transferred to the contractor’s facility in Davie County.

Operating Hours

Days Overdale Yard Waste Facility Forum 52 Yard Waste Facility
Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Closed
Sunday Closed Closed

Both facilities are closed for the following holidays:
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Good Friday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day and the Friday following
Christmas Eve and Day

For more information about the yard waste facilities, please call CityLink at 336-727-8000.  

Information on the Enviro-Station and Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Disposal.

HHW Facility Wednesday - Saturday Sunday - Tuesday
3RC EnviroStation 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Closed

The Enviro-Station is closed on the following days:

New Year's Eve, New Year's Day and the Saturday following New Year's Day; Good Friday; Saturday before Easter Sunday, Saturday before Memorial Day; Memorial Day, July 4th (if July 4th is on a Monday or Friday, then the Saturday after the Friday or before the Monday is also a holiday); Saturday before Labor Day; Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the Saturday following Christmas Day.

The EnviroStation/3RC is located at 1401 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27101.

 

Landfill Operating Hours

Landfill Holiday Schedule for Solid Waste Facilities 2015-2016 [pdf/1p]

Landfill and Phone # Monday-Friday Saturday Sunday
Hanes Mill Road
336-727-8000
7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (normal hours of operation)

7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. New Year's Eve
CLOSED New Year's Day
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Martin Luther King's Birthday
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Good Friday
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Memorial Day
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. July 3
8:00 a.m. - noon July 4th
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Labor Day
CLOSED Thanksgiving Day
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. day after Thanksgiving
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Christmas Eve
CLOSED Christmas Day
8:00 a.m. – Noon Closed
Old Salisbury Road
Construction and
Demolition ONLY  
336-650-7659
7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (normal hours of operation)

7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. New Year's Eve
CLOSED New Year's Day
CLOSED Martin Luther King's Birthday
CLOSED Good Friday
CLOSED Memorial Day
CLOSED July 4th
CLOSED Labor Day
CLOSED Thanksgiving Day
CLOSED day after Thanksgiving
CLOSED Christmas Eve
CLOSED Christmas Day
Closed Closed
Overdale Rd
Yard-waste Facility
336-784-1615
7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (normal hours of operation)

7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. New Year's Eve
CLOSED New Year's Day
CLOSED Martin Luther King's Birthday
CLOSED Good Friday
CLOSED Memorial Day
CLOSED July 4th
CLOSED Labor Day
CLOSED Thanksgiving Day
CLOSED day after Thanksgiving
CLOSED Christmas Eve
CLOSED Christmas Day
8:00 a.m. – Noon Closed
Forum 52
Yard-waste Facility
336-727-8000
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (normal hours of operation)

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. New Year's Eve
CLOSED New Year's Day
CLOSED Martin Luther King's Birthday
CLOSED Good Friday
CLOSED Memorial Day
CLOSED July 4th
CLOSED Labor Day
CLOSED Thanksgiving Day
CLOSED day after Thanksgiving
CLOSED Christmas Eve
CLOSED Christmas Day
Closed Closed

White Goods, Scrap Tires and Other Wastes

The Division recycles "white goods" (refrigerators, stoves, etc.) through contracts with private vendors. Scrap tires are also recycled through a contract with Central Carolina Tire Disposal, Inc. “White goods” and scrap tires may be dropped off at the Hanes Mill Road Landfill, located on Hanes Mill Road in Winston-Salem. White goods may be dropped off free of charge; and scrap tires from commercial generators, if accompanied by appropriate certification forms, are also accepted free of charge.

Forsyth County residents can dispose of five tires per year free of charge including larger quantities of tires that are not appropriately certified through the NC scrap tire program. Disposal under other special circumstances, such as the clean-up of an illegal tire dump, must be handled on an individual basis.

White goods are defined as; stoves, ranges, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioning units, hot water heaters, dish washing machines, clothes washing machines, clothes dryers, fireplace inserts, floor model gas, oil, or wood fired heaters, trash compactors, and large humidifiers/dehumidifiers. If you have any of these "white goods", you may take them to the Hanes Mill Road Landfill free of charge.

Examples of items NOT classified as "white goods": microwave ovens, small tabletop appliances, toaster ovens, bread baking machines, food processors, food mixers, food blenders, garbage disposals, gas/charcoal grills, vacuum cleaners, TVs, copiers, stereo equipment, propane gas tanks, and electric fans.

Recycling Program
Curbside Recycling provides curbside recycling bin collection to all single-family residences and to multifamily units utilizing carts.

Materials that are collected through this program include: newspaper; magazines; telephone books; junk mail; chipboard; corrugated cardboard; aluminum and steel cans; #1 and #2 clear and colored plastics and glass (clear, brown and green).

The program was designed and is administered by the City of Winston-Salem, but it is performed by Waste Management, a private contractor. The contract includes collection, processing and marketing of recyclables.

Additionally, this program includes nine drop-off sites for cardboard recycling which are placed throughout the city at some fire stations. Cardboard is collected and transported to a recycling facility by employees in the Bulk Container program.

Recycle Today web site

The Solid Waste Division is also responsible for the Schools Recycling Program.

Students, teachers and staff of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system are all able to participate in a comprehensive recycling program sponsored by the City/County Utility Commission. The Commission has funded this program since 2002 at which time it was implemented throughout the entire school district. The program includes cardboard, office paper and beverage container recycling. It is estimated that 2,000 tons of materials are recycled through this program each year. The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Recycling Program is one of only two like it in the state. The other program, which is in Wake County, was modeled on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system program. If you or anyone in your family attends any of the schools in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System, please remember to participate in this convenient and successful recycling program.

For more information about how to participate: Recycle Today

Administration
Meeting our area’s solid waste disposal needs is accomplished by an effort known as an integrated waste management plan. A fully integrated waste management plan is made up of different approaches available to manage solid waste. The elements are designed to be complimentary. They can be used in combination as necessary to meet a community’s individual solid waste disposal needs.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County’s integrated waste management plan includes three waste management technologies: source reduction, recycling, and landfilling. These three approaches form a safe and effective system for the proper disposal of our municipal waste. Alternative technologies such as waste combustion are not currently used to dispose of municipal waste, and there are no existing plans to use this approach. Waste combustion with energy recovery does, however, remain an alternative disposal option in the future.

Operating responsibility for the system is a function of the City of Winston-Salem Utilities Division, with governance provided by the City/County Utility Commission, whose members are appointed by the Winston-Salem City Council and the Forsyth County Board of County Commissioners.

Read more about the history, organization, members, and work of the City/County Utility Commission.

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