Bulk Pickup

Bulk Waste Collection Alternatives
Most bulk waste items wind up in area landfills. Before scheduling a bulk waste pickup, please consider one of these environmentally-friendly alternatives:

  • Habitat for Humanity
    Most Habitat ReStores offer pickup of furniture donations, as well as other large items including appliances, building materials and more. Learn more>>

  • Vietnam Veterans of America Donation Pick Up Service
    Make a veterans clothing donation, household items donations, and furniture donations to Vietnam Veterans of America by scheduling a free VVA donation pick-up through Donation Town. Donation Town will give you all the information you need to schedule a Vietnam veterans donation pick up in your local community. Visit the donation pick up scheduling webpage to schedule your donation pickup.

  • Goodwill
    When you donate your stuff to Goodwill®, you create opportunities for individuals in your community looking to find a job and build skills, including veterans and military families, single mothers and many others. Your impact doesn’t end there — the planet also benefits when you choose to ditch the dumpster and drop your items at Goodwill. Over the past few years alone, you’ve helped keep billions of pounds of clothing and household items out of landfills. Learn more>>




  • 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

    • Appliances

    • Lawn mowers

    • Swings

    • Book shelves

  • 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.)

    • Move outs, clean outs, or evictions

    • Construction material

    • Remodeling material

    • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Do not place bulk items in the roadway, curb, or gutter

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. 

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Bulk Waste Collection Alternatives