Curbside Garbage Collection



Garbage & Recycling
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Yard Waste
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Household trash.

Trash needs to be bagged before being placed in rollout cart.

Point of Service
Place cart at the curb before 7 a.m. on your scheduled pickup day. Please position cart at least four feet to the side of your recycling rollout cart to ensure sufficient space for the operation of Republic Waste Services' collection equipment.

Rear Yard Service  
Republic Services offers free rear yard service for the elderly and disabled. For more information, contact Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570.


Days of Service


During holiday weeks, your normal garbage and recycling collection day may change. Collection may occur even though Town Hall is closed. Garbage and recycling customers are encouraged to refer to the holiday schedule webpage five to seven days prior to a holiday for updated collection schedules and additional information concerning affected Town services.

  • Garbage & Recycling Collection on Holidays
    The Town of Wake Forest contracts with Republic Services for garbage and recycling collection. Republic does not collect garbage and recycling on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Whenever one of these holidays falls on a weekday, Republic will run that day's garbage and recycling collection route the next day. From that point forward, the week's collection schedule will operate one day later than normal and extend into Saturday. Whenever one of these holidays falls on Saturday or Sunday, Republic will be closed the following Monday. As a result, the collection schedule for the entire week will operate one day later than normal and again extend into Saturday.

Items that cannot be collected

  • Hazardous materials
  • Yard waste (see yard waste schedule)
  • Bulk items (picked up on Tuesdays)
  • Paint
  • Tires
  • Motor oil
  • Deceased animals
  • Wooden Pallets 

Corrugated Cardboard Preparation
Fold, flatten, or cut corrugated cardboard into bundles no larger than 2' x 2' x 3', tie securely and place next to or under your bin. Discard packing material and badly stained items.

Yard Waste/Leaf Collection
Yard waste is a separate pickup from trash. Loose leaves are picked up Oct. 1 through March 15 of each year. Please refer to the yard waste page and scroll down to view the yard waste and leaf collection schedule for your area.

Bulk Pickup
Bulk pickups are provided on Tuesdays for items that can not fit in your trash receptacle. All pickups must be scheduled. Examples of items for bulk pickup are furniture, lawn mowers, swings, book shelves, bikes, etc. To schedule a bulk pickup please call 919-435-9570 by 2 pm on the Monday prior to pickup. Note: The Town of Wake Forest can not pickup up gasoline, oil, tires or any hazardous material.  Paint cans with dry paint only may be placed in the trash receptacle.

If you encounter any problems or have any questions concerning your service, please contact Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570 or Mike Barton at 919-435-9571.