Solid Waste Services Department

Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste

Last updated Sep. 21, 2018 - 5:03 pm
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Hurricane Florence Collection Schedule ALERT:

The City of Raleigh Solid Waste Services Department will resume curbside collection of trash and recycling on Monday, Sept. 17. Crews will collect trash and recycling on Friday routes. On Tuesday, regular curbside collection of garbage, recycling and yard waste will start back up on a normal schedule.

Due to Hurricane Florence, the City is temporarily relaxing limit restrictions on yard waste placed at the curb through Oct. 5. Residents must prepare the yard waste in accordance with guidelines outlined on the City’s website.

Hurricane Florence Recovery FAQs

News and Events

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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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