Bulk Pickup


  • Bulk Waste is defined by the Town of Wake Forest Code of Ordinances as “refuse including appliances, furniture and other large items weighing in excess of 75 pounds each.”

  • The following are examples of bulk pickup items:

    • Furniture

    • Lawn mowers

    • Swings

    • Book shelves

    • Bicycles

  • The Town of Wake Forest does not pick up:

    • Liquid paint

    • Batteries

    • Gasoline

    • Oil

    • Tires

    • Any hazardous material

    • Wooden Pallets 

    • Electronics (TVs, computers, printers, copiers, etc.)

Note: Paint cans with dry paint only may be placed in the trash receptacle.

How to Schedule Bulk Waste Collection

  • Bulk pickups are provided on Tuesdays by appointment only. 

  • To schedule a bulk pickup, please call 919-435-9570 or e-mail Betty Pearce by 2 p.m. on the Monday prior to the Tuesday.

  • Voicemail and email requests for service must include the following:

    • Resident’s name

    • Physical address

    • Telephone number

    • Description of bulk waste items to be collected

    • Please note: Any service request that does not include the required information will not be processed.

  • Bulk waste that is scheduled for collection before 2 p.m. on Monday will be picked up the following day (Tuesday)


  • Subject to the availability of equipment and to the provisions of this section, the maximum quantity of bulky waste which will be collected is not regulated.

How to Prepare Bulk Waste for Collection

  • Place bulk waste at the curb by 7 am on your scheduled collection day.

  • Place bulk waste within six feet of the curb and at least three feet away from other collection items and obstacles such as mailboxes, phone poles, vehicles, etc.

  • Do not place bulk waste inside the roll-out carts. 

  • Do not block the sidewalk.

Electronic Recycling

  • Anything With a  Plug Recycling.com is a Raleigh-based business providing electronics removal service. Basically, they accept anything with a plug:

    • Computers

    • Kitchen appliances

    • Printers & copiers

    • Stereos

    • All types of cords and cables

    • CRT monitors & TV sets (except Projection-Style TVs)

    • Game consoles

    • Batteries

    • Cell phones

To learn more, visit their website or call 919-610-3465. 

Household Hazardous Waste

  • Household hazardous materials cannot be disposed in the landfill because of their caustic properties and potential for environmental contamination.

  • Wake County has established a collection program where residents can drop off these materials for proper disposal by a certified Household Hazardous Waste contractor. 

  • Download a Wake County Solid Waste Recycling Guide (pdf).