Garbage & Recycling Carts

garbage & recycling cartsThe Town of Wake Forest provides all single family households with a complimentary 96-gallon roll-out recycling cart (blue lid) and a 96-gallon roll-out garbage cart (black lid).

Residents may request extra recycling and garbage carts by calling 919-435-9570 or emailing Betty Pearce.


  • Extra Recycling Cart - $3.51 / month

  • Extra Garbage Cart - $10.80 / month

Anyone who purchases an extra cart will be billed annually.

Extra Recycling Cart
The Town of Wake Forest provides each household we serve with one complimentary 96-gallon roll-out recycling cart. Each household may request an additional roll-out recycling cart for $3.51 per month by calling 919-435-9570. The Public Works Department will deliver the recycling cart to the address specified in your request.

Extra Garbage Cart
The Town of Wake Forest provides each household we serve with one 96-gallon roll-out garbage cart. For residents who consistently produce more garbage than will fit in the cart there are a couple options:

  1. Request a second garbage cart by contacting Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570. Each household may purchase one additional cart for a fee of $10.80 / month.

  2. Ensure that you are recycling all that you can. This will help reduce the amount of garbage you have.

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 garbage and recycling carts so the truck's mechanical "arm" can grip each cart;

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

Bag Your Garbage, Not Your Recycling
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. Bags and/or boxes of trash left beside the rollout cart will not be serviced. Recyclables should be placed loosely in your recycling rollout cart.

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.

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