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The City of Hickory operates a full service Sanitation Division for all waste generators, both Residential and Commercial, within the City Limits. This division manages routine garbage pickup and recycling, in addition to several other waste removal services.

Regular yard waste such as leaves, grass clippings, and shrubbery trimmings are collected curbside weekly on the same day as residential garbage pickup. Recyclables and Bulky items are also collected separately on the same day. Additional assistance is available for citizens with disabilities by calling (828) 323-7500 or you may
click here to receive your application form.

A special pickup is available on Thursdays for appliances by calling (828) 323-7500.

Curbside leaf collection occurs in the fall, and residents are advised of the schedule in advance through the local media, online and the 'City Snippets' which is mailed with the water bill. The City operates vacuum trucks, which make (2) two rounds through the City. Citizens do not need to bag their leaves for collection.

Citizens wishing weekly collection of leaves must use either clear plastic bags (available at retailers or at the City's Public Services Complex) or personal containers labeled "yardwaste." Containers should not exceed 33 gallons in capacity.

Customers should call (828) 323-7500 to report broken rollout containers, request additional rollouts or for any other sanitation related matter.  (Additional fees may apply.)

Dumpster service and recycling services for commercial customers are also available. For information about commercial dumpster service and recycling
click here. You can also call (828) 323-7500 or e-mail for more information.

If you would like to make a service request please click
Service Request.


Garbage Pickup Schedule Dumpster Service Commercial Recycling Residential Recycling Leaf Collection


City of Hickory

76 North Center Street
Hickory, North Carolina 28601
Phone: (828) 323-7400
Fax: (828) 323-7550



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Hickory is for doers and makers seeking a well-rounded community, located between Charlotte and Asheville at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along I-40, where a collective spirit of craftsmanship strengthens any endeavor with detail, artistry, and quality.


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