Residential Curbside Services

Curbside Solid Waste (Trash)

May 1 through September 30:
Trash twice per week, Mondays & Fridays

October 1 through April 30:
Trash once per week, Mondays

Curbside Recycling

May 1 through October 31:
Recycling every Monday

November 1 through April 30:
Recycling FIRST and THIRD Monday of the month


Residential Solid Waste Collection

SOLID WASTE (TRASH) COLLECTION for the Town of Duck is provided by Waste Management, Inc. Place trash in existing BLACK AND BROWN waste containers.

The Town-wide residential collection schedule:
  • May 1 through September 30: Trash twice per week, Mondays & Fridays
  • October 1 through April 30: Trash once per week, Mondays

Please note that there are currently no holiday changes to the 2022 schedule.

Items To Remember

  • Place the solid waste container at the curbside the night prior or on the day of collection no later than 5:00 a.m.
  • Position the waste container with the opening towards the street, within three (3) feet of the road.
  • A three to four (3-4) foot clearance should be maintained between waste containers to ensure that collection equipment has access to the container(s).
  • Do not leave any trash outside of the waste container or it will not be collected.
  • Once trash has been collected, the waste container must be relocated from the street to under or alongside the house no later than 12:00 midnight on the day of collection.
  • Do not place construction debris, rocks, dirt, shingles, or concrete in your waste container, as these materials are too heavy to be lifted by the collection equipment.
  • Health and safety hazards may occur if containers are overflowing and rubbish exceeds the container capacity. Please do not overload.
  • Rental properties are required to have a minimum of two (2) approved solid waste containers.

Missed Collection

Call the Town Office immediately at 252-255-1234 with your property address, name, and phone number.

In the summer season, reports must be received by 12:00 p.m. on the service day for same day collection.

In the off-season, reports must be received by 10:00 a.m. on the service day for same day collection.

Properties that report missed collection later than these times will be informed of the next scheduled collection date.

Replacement Container

Send a photo of the damaged can to info@townofduck.com with the address, a description of the damage, and your name and phone number.

Cans may be eligible for replacement only for functional damage (broken wheel, broken lid, etc.) and not for odors or age.

Staff will advise if your can is eligible for a free replacement or if a new can must be purchased. No-cost replacements are limited to one per year per property.

  • Newly completed homes will be eligible for one free can. This does not include redeveloped properties. 
  • Rental properties are required to have a minimum of two solid waste cans. Additional cans must be purchased from Waste Management prior to your final inspection.
  • To purchase additional cans from Waste Management, please call 855-964-2845. You will need to reference Town wide account number 425-26029. If you have any difficulties ordering extra cans, please contact the Town Office at 252-255-1234 and we will be glad to assist you.

Residential Curbside Recycling

RESIDENTIAL RECYCLING for the Town of Duck is provided by Tidewater Fibre Corporation utilizing leased BLUE containers.

Collection days are as follows:

  • May 1 through October 31: every Monday
  • November 1 through April 30: FIRST and THIRD Monday of the month

NOTE: The schedule does NOT change when scheduled collections occur on public holidays. The collection schedule is maintained 365 days per year, except for December 25th, and/or unless the Town is informed otherwise.

Items to Remember

  • Place your recycling container at the curb facing the street no later than 5:00 a.m. on collection day.
  • Position your recycling container with the opening towards the street, within three (3) feet of the road.
  • A three to four (3-4) foot clearance should be maintained between containers.
  • Do not leave recyclable materials outside of the recycling container, or they will not be collected.
  • Once recycling has been collected, the recycling container must be relocated from the street to under or alongside the house no later than 12:00 midnight on the day of collection.
  • Please pour or wipe out contents of cans and bottles before recycling.
  • Please break down cardboard.
  • Place recyclable materials loosely in your recycling container.
  • Do not place trash in your recycling container.

Missed Collection

Call the Town Office immediately at 252-255-1234 with your property address, name, and phone number.

Reports must be received by 10:00 a.m. on the service day for same day collection.

Properties that report missed collection later than these times will be informed of the next scheduled collection date.

Replacement Container

If your can is damaged, contact info@townofduck.com with the address, a description of the damage, and your name and phone number.

Missing cans may also be reported at info@townofduck.com or 252-255-1234.

Replacement cans are typically delivered on the same Monday schedule as recycling collection.

Recyclable Items

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Recyclable Items

  • Plastic bottles and jugs, screw tops can stay on
    • (plastic tubs are not accepted; yogurt containers, salad containers)
  • All metal cans
  • Glass bottles and jars, remove lids
  • Paper, cartons, and cardboard: flatten all cardboard boxes

Know Your No’s

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Do Not Recycle in Your Curbside Can

  • Plastic bags or film (grocery stores may accept)
  • Paper smaller than a business card
  • Receipts
  • Greasy paper/cardboard items
  • Beach items (toys, umbrellas, chairs)
  • Batteries (hardware stores may accept)

For more information, check out the following FAQ from TFC: