Trash & Recycling Carts

Your rollout carts

Cart Delivery Alert

Effective June 17, 2020 through July 15, 2020 we are unable to perform recycling upgrades and requests for additional recycling carts. The Town's shipment of carts has been delayed. Remaining 95G recycling carts will be prioritized for New Homes/New Construction. 

Cart Services

The Town of Wake Forest provides all single family households with a complimentary 96-gallon  recycling cart (blue lid) and a 96-gallon trash cart (black lid).

Residents may request extra recycling and trash carts at Cart Request Form.


  • Extra Recycling Cart - $3.51 / month

  • Extra Trash 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 recycling cart. Each household may request an additional recycling cart for $3.51 per month by applying at Cart Request Form The Public Works Department will deliver the recycling cart to the address specified in your request.

Extra Trash Cart

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

  1. Request a second trash cart through the  Cart Request Form. 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 trash you have.

How to position carts

How to Position Your Carts Correctly 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 placed curbside with the arrows facing out to the street;

Leave four feet of space between the trash 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.

Remove your carts from the curb within 24 hours of collection

Bag Your Trash, 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 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.

Moving? The Carts Stay

In the event that you move, do not take the Town's trash 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, contact Public Works at 919-435-9570.

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

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