Public Works

Important Notice!
Beginning Monday, August 5, 2024 the Town of Tarboro will transition to once a week household trash collection and every other week recycling/yard waste collection.
For information about this change and to view a map of your collection day, please click one of the links below:

Trash, Recycling, Yard Waste Collection Map Effective August 5th, 2024 - Flyer

Interactive Solid Waste Collection Map and address search

Solid Waste Collection

 Household waste is collected twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays or Tuesdays and Fridays on your assigned collection days.  Household waste must be placed in the brown, roll-out container and at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.   Household waste should not be mixed with yard waste. 

Yard waste is collected on Wednesday of each week.  Yard waste should be placed in the green roll-out container and at curbside by 7:00 a.m. each Wednesday morning.  Yard waste consists of anything that grows (grass, leaves, pine straw, limbs, plants).  Piles of yard waste too big for individual collectors to lift will be picked up with our knuckle boom truck on the day scheduled for your area.  Loose leaf collection is now available year round.  PLEASE NOTE:  ANY TREES CUT DOWN BY A CONTRACTOR/LANDSCAPER MUST BE REMOVED BY THE HIRED PERSON.

should be placed in the red or blue container and at the curb by 7:00 a.m.  Recyclables will be collected once a week on Thursday or Friday, same day household waste is collected.  Items accepted for recycling are plastic containers, cardboard, aluminum & steel cans. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to accept glass. Motor oil should be put in gallon jugs with screw on tops.  We partner with Eastern Carolina Vocational Center for our recycling needs.  For a full list of recycling options please visit or call (252) 830-0797. 

Collection Map & Schedule This link provides a map representative of trash, recycling, and yard waste collection:  Trash, Recyclable, & Yard Waste Collection Map until August 5th, 2024. 

Appliances & large metals are collected on Wednesdays.  Note that lawn mowers must have the battery removed & fluids drained, gas grills must have the tanks removed.

Construction materials (work done by residents not a contractor) will be picked up on the day scheduled for your area.  A CONTRACTOR MUST REMOVE CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL FROM THE RESIDENCE.

The Town does not pick up batteries, car parts, or canisters that contain fuel.  Please contact the Edgecombe County landfill at 252-827-4253 for advice on how to dispose of such items

Feel free to call 252-641-4235 for or any questions concerning solid waste collection.  (M-F, 7 to 4)