Solid Waste Services Department

Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste

Last updated Oct. 16, 2018 - 2:26 pm
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  • *City's Yard Waste Center provides Mulch for Dorothea Dix CampusCity's Yard Waste Center provides Mulch for Dorothea Dix Campus
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Post Hurricane Michael Cleanup: How to Prepare Your Yard Waste for Curbside Collection

City of Raleigh crews are focused on helping residents clean up after Hurricane Michael. Solid Waste Services will provide regular curbside yard waste pickup today through Friday, Oct. 19. And then extra equipment will be used the following week, Oct. 23-26, to pick up remaining large piles of storm-related tree limbs, branches, and plant material. Yard waste is picked up the same day that garbage is picked up.

Residents are reminded to please prepare their yard waste in accordance with City guidelines to assure pickup. Place yard waste in:

  • A container with lifting handles, such as a plastic or metal garbage can no larger than 35 gallons;
  • Biodegradable paper bags; or,
  • CLEAR plastic bags.

Remember, City crews are unable to pick up yard waste left in black plastic bags.

For more detail about preparing yard waste, visit the City’s website at and enter the search term “yard waste preparation” or go directly to the information page.

Question? Call our Customer Support Line at 919-996-3245.

News and Events

Stay Safe on Collection Day

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Recycling truck with new City logo

Raleigh recycles! The City of Raleigh encourages residents, visitors, and businesses to recycle through a variety of programs and offerings. Recycling extends the life landfills, reduces pollution, and supports economic development. Learn more about how you can help divert waste from the landfill and protect our environment.

Learn more about Recycling

Garbage Program

Garbage Truck

The goal of the Residential (Garbage) Division of the Solid Waste Services (SWS) Department is to safely and efficiently collect residential solid waste and dispose of it at the county landfill. Responsibilities include:

Yard Waste Program

Yard Waste Collection

The City of Raleigh Yard Waste Center, which opened in 1992, serves as the recycling center for yard waste collected by City crews as part of the Solid Waste Services Department’s curbside collection program. Items such as grass clippings, shrubbery trimmings, leaves, limbs, logs, brush, pine straw, and hay are recycled into wood chips, mulch and compost, which are then made available to the general public for purchase. In addition to yard waste collected, the center also accepts yard waste from the public for a nominal fee. The yard waste must be generated inside the Raleigh City limits.

Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement

Responsibilities include: enforcing policies, procedures, municipal codes, the Solid Waste Design Manual, laws that are designed to improve the quality of life, oversees the solid waste/recycling site permit approval process, land use development process, operational efficiency and effectiveness, and SWS billing.

Learn more about Code Enforcement

Public Speaking and Outreach

Solid Waste Services staff are available to speak to schools, civic groups, neighborhood associations or Scout troops about solid waste issues. Presentations available on:

  • recycling
  • backyard composting
  • vermicomposting

Staff members welcome the opportunity to participate in school science fairs, career days and Earth Day events. In addition, a specialist can provide literature or advice to Girl and Boy Scouts working on environmental badges.

An Education Specialist will tailor a program to meet the needs of any group, from kindergarten students through senior citizens.

Recycling Center Tours


LEED Platinum Facility
The award-winning Wilders Grove Solid Waste Services Facility was constructed on a portion of the 260-acre City-owned parcel that includes the former Wilders Grove Landfill and the City’s solid waste transfer facility. The SWS Facility, completed in March 2012, is LEED Platinum certified. It reduces energy consumption by more than 40 percent using renewable geothermal energy, LED lighting, solar photo voltaic panels, and a web-based building control system. Recycled building materials were incorporated throughout construction of the facility and nearly 95 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills. Wilders Grove is home to the department’s administrative offices and most operations functions.

Vision and Values

Mission: To create a safe, efficient and effective waste management, disposal and recycling system that protects the natural environment while supporting the City of Raleigh's vision to achieve a sustainable future.

Vision: Our vision is to be recognized as a national leader in creating a sustainable future through innovation, efficiency, safety and service excellence.

Values: Accountability, Efficiency, Integrity, Responsiveness, Service Excellence, Stewardship, Teamwork, Continuous Improvement, Environmental Responsibility, Safety

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