Solid Waste Services Department
*Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste
- Trashion Design Competition Contest Open for Entries
- Bag your leaves for curbside collection
- Recycle your textiles curbside with Simple Recycling
- Mulch available at Yard Waste Center
Trashion Design Competition:
Design clothing or accessories from items that would otherwise be tossed in the trash, and you could win $500!
This contest is open to residents of Raleigh and its utility service areas, ages 14 and up. The service areas include: Garner, Rolesville, Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon. Applicants must complete an online entry form that includes a written description of the creation, along with photographs or a video. Videos submitted must tell the story behind the work and be no more than two minutes long.
News and Events
- Christmas Tree Recycling
- New! Needs Assistance Program Application and Customer Letter for 2018-19
- Free biodegradable bags available at Yard Waste Center
- Report a missed collection online
- Download our Talking Trash Guide
- Sign up for Service Alerts through MyRaleigh Subscriptions.
- Holiday Schedule Changes
Stay Safe on Collection Day
This video is about how to stay safe on collection day.Open Video in YouTube
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
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
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.
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:
- Backyard composting; and,
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