Solid Waste Services Department

*Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste

Last updated Nov. 18, 2019 - 2:08 pm
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Seasonal Grease Collection
It’s that time of year again! Lots of holiday cooking means extra kitchen grease, and the City of Raleigh is here to help keep that grease out of the drain.

Through Jan. 15, 2020, residents and places of worship can leave used cooking oil curbside and the City will collect it at no charge.

Here’s how:

  • Call 919-996-3245 to arrange for grease pickup at the curb;
  • Place cooled grease in a sealable clear plastic container;
  • Label it “used cooking oil”; and
  • Place it at the curb the same day as your regular garbage pickup.

IMPORTANT: You must call ahead to arrange for curbside grease pickup because a special vehicle is used for this service.

Seasonal grease collection protects the environment by keeping cooking grease out of the City’s sewer system, preventing sewer overflows. It’s also an important recycling effort --collected grease is converted to biofuel, a renewable source of energy used to power vehicles, heat homes, and cook food.

More information: curbside grease collection or call the Raleigh Customer Support Center at 919-996-3245.

News and Events

Need Assistance Program

Recycle Cart

To remain in the Need Assistance Program, you must submit an application to the Solid Waste Services Department.

Backyard pickup is for customers who are not physically able to wheel their carts to the curb and have no one living with them who can do it for them. Our goal is to make sure that residents who need this service continue to receive it! To request an application, please call our Customer Care Center at 919-996-3245.

New Need Assistance Application


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 are available on:

  • Recycling;
  • Backyard composting; and,
  • 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.

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