Solid Waste

Bag Trash, Not 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 trash on the ground. Bags and/or boxes of trash left beside the cart will not be serviced. Recyclables should be placed loosely in your recycling cart.

Days of Service

Use the "My Schedule" function below to determine your collection day and/or receive a customized calendar or notification for your trash and recycling schedule!

Positioning Carts at the Curb

Only  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.

  • 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 carts so the truck's mechanical "arm" can grip each cart;

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

Please note: Trash and recycling collection trucks are not allowed to go on private property for pick-up, unless special permission is granted by the Assistant Public Works Director.

Commercial Service

All multi-family residential (greater than four units total), office, institutional, educational, commercial and industrial uses shall have refuse collection through a dumpster system and may contract with any commercial service provider. Please note: Trash and recycling carts provided by the Town of Wake Forest are intended for residential properties only.

Yard Waste

Yard waste is described as vegetative matter resulting from landscaping maintenance performed by the homeowner only, including but not limited to leaves, twigs, grass, limbs, hedge clippings, hay/pine straw, pine cones, and logs.

Bulk Waste Pickup

Bulk Waste is defined as "refuse including appliances, furniture and other large items weighing in excess of 75 pounds each." All bulk waste pickups are provided on Tuesdays on an "as needed" basis. Bulk pickups are scheduled online.

Schedule a bulk waste pickup

Bulk pickups scheduled by 2 pm on Monday will receive service that Tuesday.

Phone Book Recycling

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

Sanitation Billing

In 2008 the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners voted to add four cents to the property tax rate for the purpose of replacing the monthly residential garbage and recycling fee. Beginning in July 2008, the Town of Wake Forest began treating residential garbage and recycling service the same as fire and police service as part of your annual property tax bill.

Holiday Schedule

The Town of Wake Forest officially observes a number of holidays each year. On these occasions, town hall is closed and sanitation service schedules are often altered. Please refer to the Holiday Schedule for updated operating schedules.

Public Works

Public Works Operations Center
234 Friendship Chapel Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Wake Forest Power
5031 Unicon Dr.
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Residents Guide to Trash, Recycling & Yard Waste Pickup

Sanitation Guide Cover

Collection Schedules