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December 22
Go Green: Recycle your Waste this Holiday Season

Wake County Solid Waste Facilities Operating on Holiday Hours

Gift boxes, wrapping paper, cards and catalogs are just some of the many items you may toss in the trash after using them this holiday season. But, before you do, consider recycling them instead at one of Wake County's solid waste facilities.

The following items can be recycled at any Wake County Convenience Center:  

  • Aluminum, glass, paper, plastic;
  • Corrugated cardboard;
  • Chipboard such as paper roll tubes and cereal boxes;
  • Clothing and shoes;
  • Holiday cards;
  • Magazines and catalogs;
  • SBS board such as shirt boxes;
  • Scrap metal;
  • Wrapping paper (no foil);
  • And more.

Residents can also turn their Christmas trees into mulch for use on our local trails by participating in the Happy Trails Christmas Tree Recycling Program. Getting involved is easy. Just drop off your undecorated tree at one of our designated convenience centers or county parks, and our staff will give your old tree a new purpose.

Donating used goods like aging electronics and unwanted toys to charity is encouraged but not always possible. Instead of throwing them away, consider bringing them to a Wake County Multi-Material Facility for recycling. The following items are accepted:

  • Baby strollers;
  • Books;
  • CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes;
  • Cell phones;
  • Child safety seats;
  • Clothing and shoes;
  • Computer equipment;
  • Electronics (including Christmas lights);
  • Rigid plastics;
  • Toys;
  • And more.

Holiday Hours
Starting Saturday, Dec. 24, Wake County Solid Waste facilities will operate on the following holiday hours:

  • Saturday, Dec. 24: All convenience centers, multi-material and household hazardous waste facilities, as well as the East Wake Transfer Station, will close at noon.
  • Sunday, Dec. 25: All solid waste facilities will be closed and will resume normal operating hours on Monday, Dec. 26.
  • Sunday, Jan. 1: All facilities, except convenience centers, will be closed and will resume normal operating hours on Monday, Jan. 2.

View a complete holiday schedule here.

The Wake County Solid Waste Management Division provides waste disposal and recycling services to residents and businesses in Wake County. The division manages 17 waste facilities including a landfill, waste transfer station, residential waste and recycling convenience centers, household hazardous waste and multi-material recycling drop-off facilities. To learn more, visit wakegov.com/recycling.





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