The Town of Wake Forest provides mandatory residential sanitation service for single-family dwellings (up to four total units) that have private driveways. The service includes one rollout garbage cart, one rollout recycling cart and weekly collection service.

Town ordinance requires that trash be bagged before being placed in the cart. This prevents flyaway litter as the cart is emptied into the truck. Also, do not place bags or boxes of garbage on the ground. No bags or boxes of trash left beside the rollout cart will be serviced.

Roll-out carts are to be used for household garbage only. Yard trimmings and bulk items are collected separately and should not be in the roll-out cart.  

Days of Service 
Use the "My Schedule" function below to determine your collection day and/or receive a customized calendar or notification for your garbage and recycling schedule! Use the "Waste Wizard" to sort your waste properly.

How to Position Your Carts Correctly at the Curb

Only rollout carts properly positioned along the right-of-way are eligible for curbside collection service. When setting your carts out for collection, please remember the following:

  • Place cart at the curb before 7 a.m. on your scheduled pickup day.

  • Rollout carts must be rolled out to the right-of-way with the arrows facing out to the street;

  • Leave four feet of space between the carts so the truck's mechanical "arm" can grip each cart;

  • Carts should be at least four feet away from power poles, mailboxes, fire hydrants, trees and cars.

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.

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.

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.

When You Move, the Carts Stay 
In the event that you move, do not take your roll-out garbage or recycling cart with you. These carts are the property of the Town of Wake Forest and are numerically registered to the address to which they were originally delivered. Additionally, there's no need to cancel your service. Simply leave your carts in the garage or behind the home.

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