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 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.

Waste Wizard

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

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

  • Six-pack rings with rings cut

  • Plastic: Narrow-necked, screw-top bottles, such as soda bottles, dairy containers, plastic milk and water jugs and colored bottles labeled or imprinted with one of the following on the bottom of the container:

  1. PETE (Polyethylene Terephthalate): Fizzy drink bottles and oven-ready meal trays.

  2. HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene): Bottles for milk and liquid soap bottles.

  3. PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride): Food trays, cling film, mineral water, plumbing parts and outdoor decking/fencing, just to name a few.

  4. LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene): Grocery bags and bin liners.

  5. PP (Polypropylene): Margarine tubs, microwaveable meal trays.

  6. PS (Polystyrene): Yogurt pots, foamed meat or fish trays, hamburger boxes, egg cartons, vending cups, plastic cutlery, protective packaging for electronic goods and toys.

  7. OTHER: Any other plastics that do not fall into any of the above categories.

What Can't Go in the Recycling Container

  • Plastic bags

  • Styrofoam

  • Stamps and stickers in junk mail

  • Pizza boxes

  • Plastic bottles that contain oil or hazardous substances

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.

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.

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

Electronic Recycling

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.