It’s almost impossible to keep up with the changing City of Greensboro waste collection policies, but for those of you trying to follow the rules, here’s the latest one: Friday, June 28 is the last day that the Greensboro’s Solid Waste and Recycling Department will collect yard waste from personally-owned yard waste containers.

Starting with the new fiscal year on Monday, July 1, your yard waste will only be collected either…

  • From the 95-gallon, city-provided gray rolling container that city workers left in your front yard about a month ago
  • In five-foot-long, twine-tied bundles, weighing less than 50 pounds
  • In paper bags.

Other than that, you’ll be out of luck.

 If you try to leave yard waste by the street in that personal container that’s worked well for years – well, forget about it.

The best way to keep up with the details on how to properly prepare yard waste is to visit  It might be a good idea to check the site every 30 minutes or so since changes have been happening at a very rapid pace for the last several years.

A Monday, June 18 press release from the city that reminded people of the change that will take effect at the end of this month also offered advice on what you can do with your current yard waste container – which includes everything from using it for composting, making it a storage bin, throwing it away or giving it to someone who can use it.

“Solid Waste and Recycling encourages residents to keep and repurpose their personal containers,” the press release from the city reads. If none of those alternatives are for you, you may dispose of your personal containers by calling the City Contact Center at 336-373-CITY and scheduling your trusty old container to be picked up as bulk trash.