The Town of Matthews contracts with Republic Services for
garbage/recycling service for residents and small businesses and for yard waste & bulk pick up for residents. If you have any concerns or issues with any of these services, please contact Republic Services directly at 704-393-6900.
The Town of Matthews has a residential roll-out cart program for both garbage and recycling. All single-family households are provided with two carts- one blue garbage cart (some of the oldest ones may still be green) and one green recycling cart. There is no charge for your first cart. The carts are 96 gallons and should hold a normal family's waste between collections.
A second recycling cart is available for a one-time charge of $32.40 (effective 8/22/16). A second trash container is available for an annual fee of (12 times the monthly charge per household), which is currently $87.96. These fees must be paid prior to receiving a second cart.
Garbage collection is weekly. Recycling collection is every other week on the same day as garbage collection. Yard waste service is for homeowners only and is picked up once a week on your scheduled garbage day.
Containers should be at the curb by 6:30 AM on your scheduled service day and off the curb by the end of the day. The wheels on your cart should face your home and carts should be at least 3 feet from mailboxes, posts and from each other to allow for mechanical collection. Please do not place containers on the sidewalk or in the street.
If your container needs to be replaced due to damage, contact Republic Services at 704-393-6900. Residents are responsible for cleaning the interior or their containers.
Garbage collection is weekly. Garbage should be bagged and tied before placing inside your roll-out container. No overflow garbage is allowed. No yard waste is allowed in garbage because North Carolina law prohibits yard waste in landfills.
Items Banned by Law in NC Landfills That We Can No Longer Accept and must be taken to a Mecklenburg County Recycling center
Electronics (tvs, computers, printers, scanners)
Used Motor Oil/Filters
Batteries (including car batteries)
Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Thermostats Containing Mercury
The following are links to the Foxhole Waste and Recycling Center and the Hickory Grove Waste and Recycling Center:
Computers and other electronics, such as TVs, DVD players, computer monitors, audio and video cables, cellular telephones, etc. can also be taken to Best Buy at Sycamore Commons to be recycled. Map Computers and other electronics are also accepted at the Goodwill Store at Plantation Market, near the Siskey YMCA. Map
In addition to the county sites, motor oil, oil filters and car batteries can also be taken to Advanced Auto Parts or Pep Boys on Independence Boulevard (or any other location).
Recycling collection is every other week on the same day as garbage collection. Do not bag recyclables. Overflow recycling should be placed in a clear bag next to the recycling cart. Large cardboard boxes need to be broken down (no larger than 3' by 3'), flattened and placed beside your recycling container.
Acceptable Items for Recycling are all plastic containers except #6 (styrofoam) ; plastic milk jugs, drink bottles, liquid detergent, soap and bleach containers, rigid plastics such as toys, litter boxes and buckets; plus aluminum and steel cans, and clear, brown and green glass containers. Plastic lids can now be recycled if they are firmly attached to a plastic container. All food and other residue should be washed out. Cardboard can be recycled and should be cut into squares no larger than 3' by 3'. Paper items such as junk mail, newspapers and inserts, office paper, magazines and telephone books can also be recycled. We also accept empty aerosol cans, cartons and juice boxes.
Non-acceptable recycling items are #6 plastic containers (clamshells or Styrofoam), plastic bags, shredded paper, plastic food trays and cups, ceramics, pots & pans, household glassware, paper plates, napkins, batteries, light bulbs, wire hangers, food, scrap metal & auto parts, plastic film, clothing or textiles, food, electrical cords or garden hoses. In addition, no hazardous waste or commercial medical waste, may be put in the recycling containers.
Why not food containers (except pizza boxes)? Foil, grease, paint, plastic or oil on food boxes or paper show up farther down the paper-making process, causing a defect that's an "oily" spot on newly formed paper. These spots don't print or glue properly and cause stains on the paper. This causes the new paper to be rejected and ultimately end up in the garbage. (source: Anoka Co., Minn. Integrated Waste Management Dept.)
For more information on Mecklenburg County Recycling, please click here.
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White Goods/Bulky Items
Special pick up for white goods and bulky items, such as stoves, refrigerators, water heaters, mattresses, carpet (must be rolled and tied) and furniture can be scheduled by calling 704-393-6900. Bulk garbage will not be picked up by the automated truck, but will be picked up by an additional truck that follows that automated truck.
Yard waste includes brush, tree and shrub trimming, leaves and grass trimmings. Leaves and grass clippings must be bagged in clear bags or other bags left open so the driver can see the contents. Bags must weigh less than 50 pounds each, with a 20 bag limit per week.
Branches must be cut in lengths of four feet or less and can be no larger than five inches in diameter. Stack limbs in small enough piles that an individual is able to pick up with a pitch fork at the curb. Do not leave bagged yard waste or limbs and branches blocking the sidewalk or in the street.
Each residence shall be limited to a max of 20 bags or an amount that can be picked up in a max of 20 minutes.
As of April 8, 2017 the current Compost Central facility located at 5631 West Boulevard and the West Meck Recycling Center located at 8440 Byrum Drive will no longer be open to the public or to receive materials. The new facility, Mecklenburg County Compost Central and Recycling Center located at 140 Valleydale Road will be in full operation beginning on April 10, 2017. Hours of operation will be from 7am-4pm Monday thru Saturday. For those delivering materials to the site, please enter the facility on Valleydale Road, follow the signs to the scale house and exit onto Rozzelles Ferry Road. The phone number for the facility including product purchase and delivery is 980.314.3880.