Wake County Trash Schedule 2023 (Bulk Pickup, Holidays, Map)

We’re here to help you find the Wake County trash pickup schedule for 2023 including bulk pickup, recycling, holidays, and maps.

Wake County is in North Carolina and contains Raleigh, Apex, Cary with Durham to the north, Fayetteville to the south.

If there’s a change to your normal trash collection schedule then there’s a good chance your street sweeping schedule has changed too so make sure to check for updates.

Wake County Trash Collection Calendar 2023

Wake County Solid Waste Management Division manages 11 Convenience Centers for Wake County residents to drop-off their recycling and trash.

Daily from 7 a.m.–7 p.m.

Trash Pick Up Holidays

Here you can see the city-observed holidays.

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve (at noon)
  • Christmas Day

Wake County Trash Collection Map

Wake County Trash Pickup Schedule Map

Bulk Waste Pickup Calendar 2023

Drop-off locations for household recycling and trash: Convenience Centers (daily from 7 a.m.–7 p.m.)

Acceptable Items for Bulk Pickup

  • Garbage (household waste and bulky items under 8 feet long/wide)
  • Household construction debris from homeowner only (Sites 1, 2, 4, 7, 10 & 11 only)
  • Mattresses (limit 2 mattresses and 2 box springs per day per person)
  • Scrap metal (power equipment must be drained of gas & oil)

Unacceptable Items for Bulk Pickup

  • Appliances/white goods, such as a/c units, washers/dryers, stoves, refrigerators and water heaters (accepted at Multi-Material Drop-Off Facilities)
  • Automotive, such as antifreeze, motor oil, oil filters (accepted at Multi-Material Drop-Off Facilities)
  • Batteries (accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Facilities)
  • Boat hulls and any other over-sized items that do not fit in Convenience Center containers may be disposed of by Wake County residents at the South Wake Landfill but will be subject to posted tipping fees (South Wake Landfill fees)
  • Burning or smoldering material
  • Chemicals, such as acids, bases, solvents, lacquers, paint thinners, paints, fertilizers, pesticides, poisons, corrosives (accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Facilities)  
  • Commercial, industrial, institutional waste, waste from businesses
  • Concrete, bricks, pavers
  • Contractor waste (refer to Resources for Construction & Demolition facilities)
  • Cooking Oil (accepted at Multi-Material Drop-Off Facilities)
  • Dead animals (accepted at the South Wake Landfill), so long as they are not microbiological and/or pathological waste
  • Drums, such as burn barrels containing debris are not accepted. Drums that are empty and punctured are accepted for disposal at Convenience Centers
  • Electronics, any corded electronic device (accepted at Multi-Material Drop-Off Facilities)
  • Flammables, such as gas, fuel, oil, kerosene (accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Facilities)
  • Fluorescent light bulbs (accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Facilities)
  • Hazardous waste, such as chemicals, batteries, oil-based paints, fire extinguishers, mercury thermometers (accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Facilities)
  • Infectious waste, medical waste
  • Liquid waste, companies capable of properly disposing of this waste can be found in online/phone book under “Hazardous Materials and Waste Contractors.” If the product is not hazardous, please refer to the manufacturer’s directions for proper disposal suggestions
  • Motor oil (accepted at Multi-Material Drop-Off Facilities) 
  • Paint (accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Facilities)
  • Propane tanks (accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Facilities). Other gas tanks refer to the manufacturer for proper disposal suggestions
  • Radioactive waste, such as smoke detectors (check inside the detector for company name and address. Consult the product’s manufacturer for proper disposal method or contact the North Carolina Radiation Protection Section) 
  • Sewage plant sludge (contact the Permits and Engineering Unit, Water Quality Section, NC Division of Environmental Quality)
  • Tires (accepted at Multi-Material Drop-Off Facilities)
  • Yard waste, such as grass clippings, branches, pruning’s, weeds, logs

Have bulky items the city won’t pick up? You need a junk removal service.

If you have large items that the city won’t take from you, you may need to hire a junk removal service.

Junk removal services are not be as picky about the items they’re collecting so if the city won’t take the item, this may be your best bet. There’s usually a fee involved with junk removal but most companies can tell you ahead of time approximately what it’s going to cost.

There are a number of junk removal services in Wake County and I’m sure many of them will be able to help you out.

Recycling Collection Calendar 2023

Drop-off locations for household recycling and trash: Convenience Centers (daily from 7 a.m.–7 p.m.)

Frequently Asked Questions

When is bulk pickup in Wake County?

Drop-off locations for household recycling and trash: Convenience Centers (daily from 7 a.m.–7 p.m.)

What day is trash pickup?

Drop-off locations for household recycling and trash: Convenience Centers (daily from 7 a.m.–7 p.m.)

What time does trash collection start?

Trash drop-off starts at 7 a.m. Make sure to have your bins on the curb by then.

How can I contact the Wake County Public Works Department?

Customer Support – General Information
919-856-7400 Monday – Friday
Phone Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Download a guide  to all Wake County Waste and Recycling Drop-off Facilities.

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