Driver shortage disrupts recycling pickup in Fayetteville

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Some curbside recycling pickup routes will be skipped starting Monday, Sept. 25.

The city’s recycling and trash collection department is experiencing a truck driver shortage, according to a news release issued on Thursday.

Residents whose recycling bins aren’t picked up can either wait another week or take their recyclables to a drop-off center.

Trash pickup and yard waste collection will not be affected, according Brian Pugh, the city’s waste reduction manager.

“While every effort will be made to service as many routes as possible, residential and commercial curbside customers placing their 18-gallon green recycling bins out on normal collection days should expect that not all recycling routes will be serviced,” said Pugh.

The department is actively working to recruit drivers with a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) needed to maintain normal collection schedules, Pugh said.

Route drivers are paid between $34,777.60 and $51,979.20 per year, according to a job listing posted by the city. Drivers typically work 10-hour days and 40-hour weeks collecting and separating recyclable items, according to the listing.

Residents who choose to drop off their recyclables can use either of the city’s two sites which are open 24 hours a day and seven days a week:

  • Happy Hollow Recycling Drop-Off – 1420 S. Happy Hollow Road
  • Marion Orton Recycling Drop-Off – 735 W. North St.

For information on what types of materials can be recycled in Fayetteville, visit