Please make the following changes pertaining to trash pickup during the Quarantine: 

We are currently having to deploy trucks from the yard at a staggered rate.  The trucks MAY reach your area before the usual 7:00 a.m. on your normal trash day.  Because of this, we ask that all of our customers please put trash and recycle carts, yard waste, and pre-scheduled Bulky items out at the curb the night before your normal pickup day.  As usual, if your debris is not picked up by 5:30 p.m. on your regular day, please let us know so we can have a truck out to your address within 2 business days to pick up the debris.

If you need to purchase "Extra Trash" Stickers, please call the office to order them, and we will mail them to you.  In an urgent situation, you can come to the office at 235 Operations Center Drive to pick up the stickers. Thank you!


The City of Wilmington Recycling & Trash Services Division is dedicated to environmental stewardship and fiscal responsibility. It is with these directives in mind that we employ a "Pay as you Throw" services strategy. This tiered service and cost structure will allow all City residents to pay less money for sending less waste to the New Hanover County Landfill. This can be accomplished by switching to a smaller 35 gallon trash cart and using the "no charge" large 95 gallon recycle cart (collected every other week). The cost for the 35 gallon residential trash cart service is $21.36 per month while the 90 gallon residential trash cart service is $26.29 per month. Switching to the smaller 35 gallon trash container can currently save you $4.93 per month! That's almost $60 a year; AND you're helping to divert waste from the landfill to the recycling processor where it can be reused! Win/Win!! Please call us at 910-341-7875 to make the NO CHARGE switch. We will have your smaller trash/larger recycle cart(s) delivered to you, your large trash cart picked up, and start saving you money!

Recycling & Trash Division

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Residential Trash Service

To sign up for service or for questions about your bill, call the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority at 910.332.6550.
Find out more about your trash service.

Yard Waste Service

Yard waste is collected once a week on the same day as your trash collection as part of your regular service. We are not able to pick up contractors' work. Please click the link below for detailed information about preparation of the debris we are able to collect.

Find out more about your yard waste service.

Recycling Service

City of Wilmington trash customers can participate in the recycling program at no charge! Call 910.341.7875 to sign up today!

Find out more about your recycling service.

Bulky Item Service 

Bulky items such as appliances, electronics, and furniture are collected at no additional charge as part of your regular trash service by appointment only.

Find out more about your bulky item service.

Central Business District

Residents and commercial establishments in the downtown business district can elect trash collection ranging from 2 times a week to twice a day, seven times per week.  In the central business district, trash bags are used instead of carts.  Find out more about trash collection in the Central Business District.

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