Sanitation

Garbage, Recycling, Yard-Waste Pick-up AdvertisementThe Town of Wake Forest provides mandatory residential sanitation service for single-family dwellings (up to four total units) that have private driveways. The service includes one rollout garbage cart, one rollout recycling cart and weekly collection service.


Garbage
Garbage or household trash is collected weekly. Residents are encouraged to place their rollout cart at the curb before 7 a.m. on their scheduled pickup day.


Recycling
Recyclables are collected weekly and must be separated from household trash. Recycling rollouts must be placed at the curb before 7 a.m. on your scheduled pickup day. Use the "Waste Wizard" (below) to sort your waste properly.


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.

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 and recycling schedule!

Positioning Your Carts 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 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: Garbage and recycling collection trucks are not allowed to go on private property for pick-up, unless special permission is granted by the 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: Rollout garbage and recycling carts are intended for households 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. To schedule a bulk pickup, please call 919-435-9570 or e-mail Betty Pearce by 2 pm on the Monday prior to the Tuesday pickup.


Phone Book Recycling
Area residents may dispose of their old phone books throughout the year in their rollout 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.