Christmas & New Year’s Holiday Schedules

Monday, December 14, 2020 - 9:34am

The Wake Forest Town Hall and other administrative offices will be closed Thursday-Friday, Dec. 24-25, and Monday, Dec. 28, for the Christmas holiday and Friday, Jan. 1, for the New Year’s holiday. Police service will not be interrupted, but Town bus service and sanitation schedules will be affected.


Bus Service

During the week of December 21, the Wake Forest Loop (WFL) will operate on Thursday, Dec. 24, but the Wake Forest-Raleigh Express (WRX) will not. Neither bus service will operate on Friday, Dec. 25.

During the week of December 28, neither the WFL nor the WRX will operate on Friday, Jan. 1.


Trash & Recycling

During the weeks of December 21 and December 28, the Friday trash and recycling routes will be collected Saturday.


Yard Waste

During the week of December 21, the Monday and Tuesday yard waste routes will be collected, while the Wednesday-Friday routes will be suspended.

During the week of December 28, the Wednesday-Friday routes will be collected, while the Monday and Tuesday routes will be suspended.


Leaf Collection

During the week of December 21, loose leaf collection will continue as normal.

The Town will suspend loose-leaf collection during the week of December 28. The break will allow crews to focus on collecting Christmas trees and provide the Fleet Services Division an opportunity to make much-needed repairs to the Town’s leaf collection equipment.

Loose-leaf collection will resume Monday, Jan. 4. To view a map of the weekly yard waste collection schedule, visit Wake Forest residents can track the progress of leaf collection crews by calling the Leaf Collection Hotline at 919-435-9582. The hotline is updated each weekday morning by 8 a.m. with information identifying areas where crews will be working that day. 


Bulk Waste

During the week of December 21, bulk pick-ups will be scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 22. To schedule a bulk pick-up, complete the online bulk waste pick-up request form at by 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21.

During the week of December 28, bulk pick-ups will occur Wednesday, Dec. 30. To schedule a bulk pick-up, complete the online bulk waste pick-up request form at by 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29.

Residents without internet service can schedule their bulk pick-ups by calling 919-435-9570. Anyone who calls after hours may leave a voicemail message. All voicemail requests for bulk pick-up service must include the resident’s name, physical address, and telephone number, along with a description of the bulk waste items to be collected. Any service request that does not include the required information will not be processed.

When scheduling a bulk waste pick-up, Wake Forest residents are urged to follow the Town’s bulk waste guidelines. Defined in the Town of Wake Forest Code of Ordinances as “refuse weighing in excess of 75 pounds each,” bulk waste includes any item that does not fit in the Town-issued roll-out garbage cart. Examples of bulk waste pick-up items include furniture, lawn mowers, swings, and bookshelves. For more information, visit and search “Bulk pickup.”

Area residents who wish to dispose of items that do not qualify for bulk waste pickup may consider utilizing one of Wake County’s 11 convenience centers. Open daily from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., each convenience center will close at noon on Christmas Eve and be closed all day on Christmas Day. For more information, including a list of locations, as well as acceptable and unacceptable items, visit


Christmas Tree Recycling

Beginning Monday, Dec. 28, Wake Forest will collect and recycle Christmas trees from Wake Forest sanitation customers. All Wake Forest residents whose trash and recycling are collected by the Town may participate in the “Treecycling” program. To recycle your Christmas tree, remove all decorations, tinsel, nails, stands and bags from the tree and set it behind the curb for collection. Artificial trees cannot be recycled.

Wake Forest residents are strongly encouraged to stay informed about the Town’s trash, recycling and yard waste collection programs, including changes to the normal collection schedules, by signing up for the “Waste Wizard.” Available on the Town’s website at, the Waste Wizard is an interactive tool that allows users to sign up for waste collection reminders and download collection schedules. As a bonus, the Waste Wizard is provided as a function on the Town of Wake Forest app. For more information or to download the Town’s app, visit

Residents can also receive email notifications concerning the Town’s holiday operations schedule by signing up for E-Notifier at

For more information about Wake Forest Solid Waste Service, contact the Public Works Department at