Solid Waste Pickup: Normal Durham City pick up of solid waste materials occurs on Wednesday for the green roll-out cart, every other Wednesday for the blue cart and Thursday for the brown (yard waste) cart and bulky items. Carts are to be placed at curb-side with the lid facing the street and at least three feet apart, by 7am. However, during a holiday period this schedule is usually modified and pertinent information can be found at: