Rollout Recycling Collection

All residential curbside recycling in Winston-Salem is collected every two weeks using 96-gallon blue rollout carts that hold all household recyclables. No sorting is needed.

Recycling carts must be at the curb by 6 a.m. on collection day. Please ensure that the cart is at least three feet from any other object, including another cart. Do not place your cart under low-hanging wires or branches.

Red Week & Blue Week Collections

Neighborhoods are designated for "red week" or "blue week" collection. Please view the Collections Map (JPG) and the Collection Schedule (PDF) to find when your recycling will be collected.

Red Week and Blue Week Collections Map (JPG)
Image of the 2023-24-Red-Blue-Collection-Calendar


  • All items must fit inside and the lid must be completely closed.
  • Do not place under low-hanging utility lines or tree limbs.
  • Leave at least 3 feet of space around the rollout cart.
  • Only place recyclables in the cart! View recycling guidelines.
  • Place out by 6 a.m. on your designated day; remove by next day.
  • Put your recycling rollout cart at the curb or at the edge of the pavement, with the front of cart facing the street (arrow on lid indicates which way to place the cart).
Cart Placement Diagram


Rollout recycling offers these advantages:

  • Bi-weekly collection: You only have to put out your cart every other week
  • Bi-weekly, automated collection reduces collection time, saving fuel and reducing emissions
  • The cart consolidates the storage of your recyclables between pick-ups and protects them from the weather
  • No sorting is required; Just put all your recyclables in the cart