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Which goes first -- trash or snow from Raleigh curbs?

Posted February 25, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015

— As a series of snow days put waste collection schedules on hold, trash and recycling piled up in households and along curbs around the capital city.

Crews began pickup Thursday afternoon and played catch-up throughout the day Friday and Saturday. They will work through Sunday, weather permitting, in an attempt to get back on track for Monday morning.

"It's been a tremendous challenge," Frederick Battle, director of Raleigh's Solid Waste Services, said Wednesday. "Last week, we started out on the routes, but due to weather, particularly with ice and roads being so slick, we had some safety concerns."

Battle said workers from the city's public works, public utilities and parks and recreation departments were assisting his department to collect trash and recyclables so a normal schedule can resume Monday.

Raleigh residents should place all garbage and recycling bins at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on their normal day of collection. They should also leave any overflow garbage at the curb as well, although that might not be collected the same day.

The city says it will not issue any fines until garbage collection returns to a normal schedule.

Yard waste collection is suspended until March 3.


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  • Peter Kerstetter Mar 2, 2015
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    My combined collection day is Thursdays. Raleigh recycling picked up that container by around 8:30 Saturday morning. Solid waste was picked up by later Saturday afternoon. I can only imagine the snarl that was created with back-to-back bad weather, so kudos to them for getting the job done.

  • Doug Hanthorn Mar 1, 2015
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    Errrrr. leave it out until it gets picked up? Maybe?

  • Wayne R. Douglas Mar 1, 2015
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    Ohh ohh ohh, I know the answer. Mrs. Johnson, I know. Ohh I know.

    OK Johnny, which do think should go first?

    The politicians.....The people who have ruined America.....The stupid people who hold all of the power.....I mean, THE TRASH!!!!

  • Sherrill Craig Feb 28, 2015
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    "Leave overflow garbage o the curb, although it might not be collected the same day"

    Well, how long should we leave it out on the curb? A week? Why? How lovely.

  • Vera McGraw Feb 28, 2015
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    same for me in Durham....trash finally picked up today. Did not have mail for 2 days ( what happened to that through snow, rain, etc