Heat Causing Solid Waste and Yard Waste Pickup Delays

Heat has significantly impacted the readiness of our solid waste and yard waste trucks. As a result, we haven’t had enough available trucks to maintain solid waste and yard waste pickup schedules. Equipment issues with these trucks in such hot and humid conditions as we’ve experienced over the last few weeks are not uncommon. We apologize to residents for the inconvenience. Our first priority is to pick up solid waste (green carts). Our staff is currently working on its off days of Wednesdays and Saturdays to catch up on missed routes. Our second priority is yard waste (brown carts) and it may not be collected this week. At this time, it is recommended to leave solid waste out for pickup and it will be collected as soon as possible. We hope to be back on schedule next week and will keep residents informed on our progress. 

Stormwater Public Education and Involvement

IMG_7962sThe leading cause of water pollution in the United States is stormwater runoff. As our city grows and urban development increases, so does the amount of runoff that ends up in our local rivers and streams. Many residents in the City of Fayetteville are unaware that stormwater flows UNTREATED to our local rivers and streams. Stormwater never passes through a treatment plant before it is carried to the Cape Fear River and other water bodies in the area. It is the mission of the City of Fayetteville's Stormwater Division to educate its citizens about stormwater, and how to prevent pollution.

How does the Stormwater Division educate the public?

Hands-on Pollution Demonstrations

The Stormwater Division provides hands-on pollution demonstrations to schools, clubs, and organizations to show how urban development can impact our local rivers and streams. Demonstrations are available to any group within the Fayetteville city limits. If you are interested in having a hands-on pollution demonstration, please contact us at 910-433-1613, or by email

IMG_7599sPublic Events

Throughout the year, the Stormwater Division participates in various public events throughout the city.  These events range from the Dogwood Festival downtown to setting up a booth at community outreach events. During these events, the Division will set up an informational booth stocked with pamphlets and giveaways. A staff member from the division will also be available to answer questions and provide additional information.

The Stormwater Division can also donate promotional materials such as brochures, pens and pencils if we are not able to attend the event. If such materials are requested, please contact the Stormwater Educator at 910-433-1613, or via email at

If you have an event scheduled, and would like the Stormwater Division to be there, please contact us at 910-433-1613, or by email

Advertising and Brochures

Throughout the year, the Stormwater Division runs several commercials on television and, places advertisements in different magazines and newspapers. These advertisements are used to promote the fact, "When it Rains, it Drains". There are also brochures available to the public about stormwater runoff, and the City's solution to stormwater pollution.

Stormee1Public Involvement

The Stormwater Division welcomes public involvement through the Stormwater Advisory Board and other stakeholders groups. The Stormwater Advisory Board is appointed by the City Council and meets once monthly to gather citizen input on the issues facing the Stormwater Division. The group discusses policy and ordinance changes, stays abreast of water quality concerns, and hears about the efforts of public awareness. To learn more about the Stormwater Advisory Board, please contact us at 910-433-1613, or visit the boards and commissions webpage to learn more.