Recycling

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/recycling schedule!

Curbside recycling collection is provided weekly to all single-family households. Recyclables must be separated from household trash and placed loosely in your roll-out cart. Do not bag your recyclables.

Wake Forest was the first municipality in Wake County to offer roll-out comingled curbside community recycling utilizing a 48-gallon cart. Our recycling program has been cited nationwide for its high customer participation rate and rate of recycling.

How to position cartsHow 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 your 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.

Recycling - What's Accepted

What Can Go in the Recycling Container

Paper: catalogs, mail, magazines, newspaper, office paper, etc.

Glass: bottles, jars (clear, brown, green)

Phone books

Corrugated cardboard

Paperboard: cereal boxes, shoeboxes

Aseptic juice boxes

Gable-top paper cartons: milk cartons

Steel food cans

Aluminum: cans, pie pans, and foil with no food residue

Plastic: bottles and jugs,  plastic milk and water jugs, margarine tubs, yogurt cups and large plastic containers such as laundry detergent


What Can't Go in the Recycling Container

Plastic bags - Do not place plastic bags OR plastic wrap/film in your recycling cart. In order to recycle plastic bags/wrap/film, those materials must stay clean and dry and go through their own recycling process. Many grocery stores have on-site plastic bag recycling collection boxes for this purpose. You may also consider taking plastic bags back to the store you received them from and ask what options they have for recycling. Or, consider purchasing items with little to no plastic packaging or use a reusable shopping bag.

Styrofoam

Stamps and stickers in junk mail

Recycling - What's Not Accepted

Pizza boxes

Plastic bottles that contain oil or hazardous substances

Waste Wizard

Use the Waste Wizard (above) to sort your waste properly.


Corrugated Cardboard Preparation

Fold, flatten, or cut corrugated cardboard into bundles no larger than 2' x 2' x 3', tie securely and place next to or under your bin. Discard packing material and badly stained items.

Collection Assistance Program (CAP)

Republic Services offers free collection assistance for the elderly and disabled.

For more information, contact Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570.


Holiday Schedule

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 web page 5-7 days prior to a holiday for updated collection schedules and additional information concerning affected Town services.

Phone Book Recycling

Area residents may dispose of their old phone books throughout the year in their rollout recycling carts.


Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Wake County Household Hazardous

Electronic Recycling

Anything with a Plug Recycling

Technology Recyclers


Important Message About Your Rollout Carts

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, please contact Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570.

Recycling
Fleet Maintenance Office Assistant
919-435-9584
Assistant Public Works Director
919-435-9585