Welcome to the Town of Rocky Mount's Solid Waste Collection website!

While you're here, you can request additional solid waste collection carts, make special arrangements if you're unable to get your cart to the curb each week, learn where to place your cart and more. Thanks for stopping by and for helping us maintain a clean, beautiful community!


The lid on your new solid waste cart must be fully closed after placing your bagged garbage in it.

This assures that the solid waste in the cart makes it into the solid waste truck without the risk of bags falling and scattering trash into the neighborhood. It also keeps animals from getting into the solid waste in the cart.

If you consistently have more solid waste than your cart will hold (with the lid closed), consider requesting a larger cart (if you don’t already have the 95 gallon cart), holding some bags until next week’s collection, or requesting an additional solid waste cart.


In addition, no parking is allowed on the street from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on that street's solid waste collection day.

Street parking makes it very difficult, and sometimes impossible, for the driver of the solid waste collection truck to navigate the street and operate the remote arm safely.

Please make arrangements to remove your car from the street on collection day so that your solid waste collection is not disrupted.

Where to Place Your Cart for Collection


Place your cart on a relatively level area in front of the premises, adjacent to but not on the roadway. Your cart should be no more than eight (8) feet from the edge of the road's pavement.


Position your cart with the lid opening facing the road and the handles/hinge facing the property.


If two carts are used, place carts at least three (3) feet apart from each other and clear of overhead obstructions. Do not place the cart behind vehicles or mailboxes or in the roadway.

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Driveway with no sidewalk: Place cart in the grassy area at the edge of the driveway away from mailboxes and other obstructions. Position so the front faces the street and the hinge is pointed toward the premises.

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Sidewalk with no grass median: Place the cart with the front facing the street and the wheels tight against the curb.

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Sidewalk with grass median: Place the cart with the front facing the street and the cart positioned in the grass close to the edge of the curb and at least four feet from other trees or obstructions.

General Solid Waste Items Allowed

Rocky Mount strives to provide a great curbside solid waste collection service at a price that makes it easy for our citizens and businesses to help us create a clean and beautiful community. So that we can collect your solid waste safely and effectively, while at the same time keeping costs low, there are a few rules you must follow:

When to Place Your Container at the Curb

  • Containers must be at the curb by 7 a.m. on the scheduled collection day.
  • Containers must be removed from the curb by 10 p.m. the day of collection.
  • Be aware of holidays that may affect garbage collection.
  • The Town may run two trucks on inclement weather days which will allow solid waste that day to be collected in the morning hours.

What to Place in Your Container

  • Trash must be placed inside a closed bag or can liner.
  • Bagged trash must be placed inside the Town cart provided.
  • The following items will not be accepted by the Town as part of your solid waste collection service: gasoline, oil, antifreeze, batteries, paint, acid, construction materials, tires, propane, dirt and sod, rocks, concrete, bricks, metal, tanks, or oil tanks.
  • Large amounts of brush, leaves and yard waste should be reserved for the monthly large item pick up dates only.
  • Used syringes are not allowed in your trash. The Town can supply residential customers with a “sharps” box that you can use to dispose of syringes. These are available free of charge for pickup at the Town Municipal Building at 345 Donald Avenue. Used boxes may also be dropped off at this address for disposal.

Unapproved Containers

  • Trash set out for collection in an unapproved container or containing inappropriate items will result in a surcharge of $10 per occurrence.

Trash Cleanup

  • The home or commercial occupant must clean up trash that blows out of trash cans or that is disturbed by animals. If the Town is required to clean up loose trash, the actual cost of cleanup will be assessed to your utility bill.

Additional Carts & Services

  • The Town will only dump two (2) cans per residential and four (4) cans for commercial per week. (Only one can per property will be issued. Additional carts can be requested at an additional monthly fee.)
  • Limited pickup at your home (not at the curb) is available if you are disabled and do not live with anyone physically able to bring the trash to the curb. All applicants must have the application signed by a physician.

Solid Waste Fees

Solid waste collection services include the Town’s curbside solid waste collection service. The fee for these services is billed monthly per cart up to two (2) for residential and four (4) for commercial properties at a monthly rate set by Town Council. NOTE: Canceling this service is not available.

Fees for solid waste collection. Extra carts are billed at the same rate.

  • Residential: $10/month
  • Commercial:  $20/month
  • Adopt a Truck: $30/occurrence