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Community Improvement
8 Simple Guidelines For Community Improvement

Following these guidelines will help you help you be a good neighbor by following the City's garbage, trash and community improvement ordinance.

1.  Green Rollcart

The green rollcart is for household garbage. The following items should not be placed in the rollcart: bricks, dirt, rocks, building materials and paint cans or other hazardous materials. All garbage must be bagged, fit inside the cart and the lid must be closed with the lid opening facing the street. No garbage bags will be collected outside the cart. Extra garbage can be taken to County convenience centers or you may purchase an extra rollcart for $50. (Your sanitation fee will increase by 50 percent.) Carts are emptied once a week - they can be placed at the curb in front of your house or apartment no earlier than noon the day before collection and should be removed from the curb by 7 AM the day after collection. Please place your rollcart at least 4 feet from any other objects, such as mailboxes, recycle bins, cars, etc. If your rollcart should need repair, please click here or call 803-329-5609.

2.  Blue Recycling Bin

Recyclable items may be placed in the blue bin for collection on the same day as garbage. The City collects newspaper, aluminum and steel cans, glass bottles and jars(remove lids and place in bin), plastic containers (NO STYROFOAM), magazines, junk mail and office paper (please bag these), chipboard (cereal boxes, etc., flattened) and cartons. Corrugated (3-layer) cardboard may be taken to any of the City’s four fire stations and placed in the red dumpsters or cut into 2-foot sections and placed next to your bin. Please place your blue bin at least 4 feet from your green rollcart and brown YardCart.

3. Brown YardCart

The brown rollcart is for yard debris (leaves, grass and small limbs). The following items should not be placed in the YardCart: household garbage, bricks, dirt, rocks, building materials and paint cans or other hazardous materials. All yard debris must fit inside the cart and the lid must be closed with the lid opening facing the street. No small piles of yard debris or grass clippings will be collected outside the cart. Extra yard debris can be taken to the York County landfill or you may purchase an extra YardCart. YardCarts are emptied once a week -- they can be placed at the curb in front of your house or apartment no earlier than noon the day before collection and should be removed from the curb by 7 AM the day after collection. Please place your YardCart at least 4 feet from any other objects, such as garbage rollcarts, mailboxes, recycle bins, cars, etc. If your YardCart should need repair, please submit an online service request or call 803-329-5609.

4.  Grass
Yard maintenance will depend on your type of housing. If you live in apartments, chances are your landlord will be responsible for cutting the grass. But, if you rent or own a duplex or a house, you will more than likely be expected to cut the grass. If you own your home and have contracted with someone to do your yardwork, please make sure the contractor is aware of the City’s regulations. Contractors also must dispose of yard waste themselves. The City ordinance requires that grass and weeds be less than 12 inches high throughout the whole yard, front and back, and including the strip between sidewalk and street.

5.  Yard (other than grass)

Everyone likes to have cookouts and get-togethers and these events generate trash. Oftentimes, we also have items we don’t use any more and don’t want inside the house. However, City ordinances don’t permit residents to leave trash and/or litter, old appliances or “junk” outside - in the front or back yards. Of course, lawn furniture, grills and other items that would naturally be found outside, are fine.

Please clean up promptly after your events and throw away or store other items indoors.

6.  Junk Vehicle (on private property)

Both the State of South Carolina and the City of Rock Hill define a junk vehicle as one that is wrecked, inoperable or lacks current registration. If your car falls into one of these categories, the vehicle could be towed. Any vehicle you plan to have repaired or registered, or want to keep, please put it in a carport or garage. Junked vehicles on the street are under Police Department jurisdiction and must be moved within 48 hours.

7.  House or Duplex
If you live in a house or duplex (those living in condos and apartments may call for information)

You may place your bulky items at the curb no earlier than noon the day before collection day. Please use the YardCart for leaves, small limbs, and grass clippings. Please make sure limbs are less than 12 feet long and less than 6 inches in diameter. If you have appliances or metal items, please submit an online service request or call 803-329-5609 to schedule collection by the metal truck.

8.  Apartment
If you live in an apartment you’re not allowed to place bulky items or yard waste at the curb or at the dumpster site. Bulky items may be taken to any York County Convenience Centers or to the York County Landfill. You can also recycle at any convenience center.

If You Have Questions--Call Us
City staff can answer your garbage, trash and community improvement questions. Call us at 803-329-5609, from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM Monday through Friday.