City of Lowell Garbage Collection:

The City of Lowell’s objective is to provide you, the citizens, with the best possible management of solid waste, our most common problem. How well we do it affects our health, our business, our appearances, and our pride in our city.

On behalf of the elected officials and the city employees who serve this community, we pledge our commitment to provide you with the best service possible. The following information explains the City’s solid waste collection practices.


Containers will be scheduled for collection on Monday thru Wednesday. View the map for the Garbage Pick-up Schedule or contact City Hall for your trash collection day.


When a holiday occurs, our schedule allows us to reschedule collection during the week to ensure service. If the holiday falls on your collection day your garbage will generally be collected on the following business day.


If your container breaks through normal use, the City will replace it at no cost to you. The City is not responsible for repair or replacement of the rollout container when it is damaged because of customer abuse or neglect. Call 704-824-3518, option 1 and report your address and the type of damage to your container. Containers needing repair or replacement must be emptied and placed at the curb.

Where to place your rollout container for collection

The collection truck must have access to your container. Place it three feet away from trees, mailboxes, parked cars, utility lines, or anything else that could get in the way. Place the container within two feet of the curb. The lid of your container must close shut and all trash must be inside the recycle.

When do I place the container at the curb?

Your container should be placed at the curb no later than 6:30 am on your collection day. The collection truck is on a scheduled route. It is difficult for the truck to return to your address if your garbage is missed because it was not put out correctly or was put out late.

Removing Your Empty Container from the curb

Remove your empty container from the curb by midnight on the day of collection. Containers should not be left on the curb during weekends. Failure to remove your container from the curb could result in a citation. Your cooperation in abiding by this requirement helps keep Lowell beautiful.

Defacement of Container

Containers are the property of the city and should not be defaced. House numbers, street names and residents’ name shall not be painted or attached to the container.

Construction/Demolition Debris

Any construction or demolition debris left by a contractor such as roofing shingles, carpet or lumber left at the roadside, or placed in your container will NOT be removed by the City. The City loaner truck is available if work is not being completed by a contractor.


The rollout container is the property of the City of Lowell. Each container is numbered and assigned to a specific address. If you move, the container must remain at the current address.

Stolen Container

Report stolen containers by calling 704-824-3518, option 1.

What NOT to put in your rollout container

▪ Do not place yard waste in your container. Yard waste is recyclable and is collected by a different crew.

▪ Do not place construction, remodeling, metal or demolition debris in the container.

▪ Do not put concrete, dirt, sod, sand, plaster, hot ashes, tires, auto batteries, auto parts, chemical materials, toxic or flammable items or liquid paint in the container.

▪ Do not place dead animals in your collection container. It is unlawful to place hazardous waste in your collection container.


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