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CARTology is a waste collection calendar and reminder system. Through this free app, you can search for your collection days, set reminders, and search for how to dispose of different items. The platform also provides information on how items can be reused, recycled, composted or disposed of.

CARTology features a waste sorting game for children that is a fun, interactive way to learn how to properly dispose of waste.

Download the app in the Apple and Google play stores or use the search feature below.

Our garbage/recycling contractor, Waste Management, is experiencing delays due to staffing vacancies and equipment issues. If your carts are not collected on your regularly scheduled day please leave your cart at the curb and they will be collected the next day. Please report the missed collection pickup to 704.920.4444 or in the Cartololgy app. It is really important to report any missed collection pickups to us.

July 2022
Approximately 1,200 households in Kannapolis will see modifications in their collection schedule in July 2022. If your collection schedule is changing you will receive a postcard in the mail. If you DO  NOT receive a postcard - then your collection schedule is staying the same.


1. Why is my route day changing?
As the City has grown - some of our daily routes have become so large all the carts cannot be collected on their designated days. We are changing your collection day as well as others in the City to better balance the routes. This will allow us to collect the carts more efficiently throughout the City.

2. Will my collection day change again anytime soon?
It has been many years since we have modified the routes. We do not anticipate any additional changes at this time.

3. Does this impact all of my collection services (garbage/recycling/yard waste/bulky waste)?
Depends on your address. Please enter your address in the CARTology app to find the information or you may call 704. 920.4444 and we will be glad to help you.

Garbage, Recycling & Yard Waste


The City of Kannapolis provides the following disposal services for residents:

  • Garbage
  • Yard Waste
  • Recycling
  • Bulky Items- Five yard limit in size
  • White Goods- major household electronic appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, clothes dryers, air conditioners, water heaters, ovens and stoves
  • E-Waste- electronics such as computers and televisions


Garbage and yard waste collection occurs weekly.
The collection of recycling, bulky items, white goods and e-waste occurs every other week.

To find your garbage/yard waste and recycling, bulky items, white goods, and e-waste pick-up day, download the CARTology app, or enter your address at the top of this page.  

Please space carts, yard waste, furniture and bulky items 5 feet away from each other and from parked cars, mailboxes, poles, guy wires, fences and other obstructions. Place your garbage, recycling, yard waste, bulky items, white goods, and e-waste at the curb the night before your collection day and remove empty containers from the curb no later than 7 a.m. the day after your collection day.  

If any services are missed, you must contact us at 704-920-4444 within 24-hours, or items will not be collected until the next scheduled pick up.

To request a second garbage cart or recycling cart call (704) 920-4444.  There is a fee of $2.50 per month to have a second cart.

If your cart is damaged please call (704) 920-4444 to request a replacement. PLEASE NOTE:  residents are expected to keep their carts clean and we do not replace carts because they have an odor or there are bugs in the cart.

Click here to view the 2022 Recycling Calendar.


Collection of garbage, recycling, bulky items, white goods, and e-waste occurs on all holidays EXCEPT Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. For those two holidays, collection will occur on a one-day delay for the remainder of the week to include a Saturday pick-up. 

Yard waste, limbs, and loose leaves are collected by City crews.  There will not be any yard waste, limb, or loose leaf collection on any of the following holidays observed by the City: 

  • New Year's Day (January 2, 2023)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 17, 2022)
  • Good Friday (April 15, 2022)
  • Memorial Day (May 30, 2022)
  • Independence Day (July 4, 2022)
  • Labor Day (September 5, 2022)
  • Veterans Day (November 11, 2022)
  • Thanksgiving Holiday (November 24 and 25, 2022)
  • Christmas (December 22, 23, and 26, 2022)  


Garbage Reminders

Garbage should be placed in your 96-gallon rollout carts with the BLACK lid.  The cart should not be overloaded, and the lid should close properly.

Garbage should be bagged and lid closed.

Request an additional garbage cart or replace a damaged garbage cart by calling 704-920-4444. There is an additional fee of $2.50 per month for a second cart.


Recycling Reminders

Recycling should be placed in your 96-gallon rollout carts with the YELLOW lid.  The cart should not be overloaded, and the lid should close properly.


Recycling should NOT be bagged.

All items should be clean and dry before being placed into the bin.

Request an additional recycle cart or replace a damaged recycle cart by calling 704-920-4444. There is an additional fee of $2.50 per month for a second cart.


Commercial Garbage and Recycling Collection

The City of Kannapolis also offers garbage and recycling to businesses. This Informational Brochure offers complete details on the Program.  If your business is interested – fill out the convenient online application. The online application will calculate the cost of the service based on your individual business needs. 




Yard Waste Reminders

All leaves and yard waste must be bagged for collection except during Loose Leaf Collection Season. Yard waste in opaque bags (dark or white) must be left open, and yard waste in translucent bags must be tied shut.

Loose Leaf Collection Season (vacuuming of loose leaves ONLY), begIns October 31, 2022 and ends March 10, 2023.  During this period, leaves do not need to be bagged.   Check the CARTology app for your loose leaf collection day.   

Processed wood will not be collected.

To dispose of your real Christmas tree, please remove all decorations, lights, and place at the curb for collection same day as yard waste. Artificial Christmas trees, remove all decorations, lights, and place at curb the same day as your recycling for bulky collection. 

In the event of a missed pickup (not due to a holiday or posted delay), please call (704) 920-4444 within 24-hours.


Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Residents should use the Cabarrus County Household Hazardous Waste Facility to dispose of waste oil, paint, batteries, car batteries, oil, propane cylinders, fluorescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs, and many other materials that are not collected by the City. 

For a complete list of accepted items and more information, contact the Cabarrus County Household Hazardous Waste facility at (704) 920-3278 or see CARTology for instructions.


 Medication Drop Off Site

Unused medicine is a threat to both public health and the environment. Medicines that are flushed down the drain or that leach from landfills eventually end up in our waterways. Don't keep unused medicines lying around, but also remember not to flush medicines or put them in the trash.

To prevent prescription and over-the-counter medications from getting into our waterways or into the hands of children, please drop off medications in the drop box located in the lobby of the Kannapolis Police Department at 401 Laureate Way.


Animal Control

The City does not pickup dead animals that were personal pets or animals that have died and are outside of the City's rights-of-way.

Dead animals that have been killed by a car and are left along the road should be reported to Public Works at 704-920-4444. On weekends, please leave a message through option 1.