Garbage and Recycling

Garbage Service:

Free to Town residents.
Renters are required to pay a $45.00 deposit for the trash container.

Garbage is to be placed at the curb in the Town-provided container each Friday morning no later than 6:00 a.m. You are encouraged to put your can out the night before. The Town’s contractor will not stop again if your container was not out the first time he passes.  No exceptions. Please do not leave your container at the curb all weekend.

The Town of Cleveland will provide garbage containers for residents’ use.  These containers are available in 96 gallons. The elderly or handicapped may request a 64 or 32 gallon container.  These are available on a first come, first serve basis.  Only garbage in the containers provided by the town will be picked up.  If you have more garbage than will fit in the 96-gallon container, you must make arrangements with a private hauler to remove the rest.  This would be a perfect opportunity to begin recycling to reduce the amount of garbage generated.

A $45.00 deposit is required for all property where the occupant is not the property owner, i.e., rental and estate property.  The deposit will be in the same name as the water bill.  This deposit is refunded when the occupant moves and the container is returned cleaned and in good condition.

Residents/occupants are responsible for the upkeep of the container.

If you damage your container beyond repair, replacements will be provided at a charge of $45.00.

Only waste generated at occupied residences and small businesses will be picked up.  All garbage and refuse shall have the liquid drained from it and shall be wrapped in paper or other like material before it is placed in the container for collection.  (This means no loose garbage.)  No appliances or plumbing fixtures, furniture, tires, batteries, vehicle parts, scrap metal, building material scraps, yard refuse, tree trimmings, animal carcasses, ashes or industrial waste are to be placed for regular pickup.

Heavy trash pickup is offered twice a year with dates announced in the Town Newsletter.  Large items (appliances, furniture, etc.) not picked up on a weekly basis may be placed for pickup during heavy trash pickup with the following exceptions: no tires, batteries, animal carcasses, industrial waste, rocks, gravel, bricks, building material scraps, yard refuse, tree trimmings, hazardous materials such as paints, liquids, etc., or anything not accepted at the county landfill. Pickup of electronics, televisions, computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, etc. will be picked up separately on heavy trash pickup day and taken to the Rowan County Recycling Center. 

Recycling Service:

Recycling service is offered to residential addresses only. It is picked up by the Town’s contractor twice a month (the first and third Fridays) beginning at 6:00 am. Call Town Hall to participate in this program.

Beginning January 1, 2020, the Town’s recycling program does not include glass bottle and jars. All glass should be put in your garbage can, not your recycling cart. As of July 1, 2011, televisions, computers, monitors, printers, scanners and computer peripherals such as keyboards and mice are banned from the landfill.  The Town offers pickup of these items twice a year during heavy trash pickup.  Rowan County’s Recycling Processing Center located at 1102 N. Long St., East Spencer takes these items from 8 am to 3 pm.  Their contact number is 704-638-3045.  Also check the States’s website at for other recycling options.

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