South Wake Landfill
6300 Old Smithfield Road, Apex [map]
Open: Monday–Saturday, 7 a.m.–4 p.m.
Closed: Sundays, New Years Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve (at 1 p.m.) and Christmas Day

East Wake Transfer Station
820 Corporation Parkway, Raleigh [map]
Open: Monday–Saturday, 6 a.m.–3 p.m. (Wake County businesses only)
Closed: Sundays, New Years Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve (at noon) and Christmas Day

Tipping Fees:
Tipping Fee Structure
(cost per ton)
​South Wake Landfill ​East Wake Transfer Station ​Additional Information
Municipal Solid Waste (Garbage)​ $32/ton​ $41/ton​
Please note, the tip fee includes the $2 per ton State of North Carolina excise tax.
Corrugated Cardboard (OCC) Surcharge ​ $62/ton​ $80/ton​ Surcharge applies to MSW loads than have 10% or more corrugated cardboard​.
Acceptable Items:
  • Municipal solid waste
Unacceptable Items:
  • Aluminum beverage cans – accepted at Multi-Material Recycling Facilities
  • Barrels and drums that are not perforated sufficiently to ensure that no liquid or hazardous waste is contained therein
  • Burning or smoldering materials
  • Construction and Demolition debris
  • Flammable and volatile wastes
  • Hazardous wastes – "Hazardous waste" means a solid waste or combination of solid wastes that, because of its quantity, concentration or physical, chemical or infectious characteristics, may:
    • Cause or significantly contribute to an increase in mortality or an increase in serious irreversible or incapacitating, reversible illness; or
    • Pose a substantial present or potential hazard to human health or the environment when improperly treated, stored, transported or disposed of or otherwise managed.
  • Infectious wastes, except as provided by the N.C. Solid Waste Management Rules. "Infectious waste" means a solid waste capable of producing an infectious disease. The types of waste designated as infectious are microbiological waste, pathological waste, blood products and sharps.
  • Lead-acid batteries – accepted at Multi-Material Recycling Facilities
  • Liquids
  • Pesticide containers – accepted at Multi-Material Recycling Facilities
  • Raw sewage sludge, septic tank pumpings, or raw manure
  • Semi-solids
  • Sludges from industrial processes or sludges containing free moisture
  • Used scrap tires – accepted at Multi-Material Recycling Facilities
  • White goods – accepted at Multi-Material Recycling Facilities
  • Yard waste
  • Any other item or material prohibited by local, state and/or federal regulations
Federal and State regulations require that as of January 1, 1998, all sanitary landfills must incorporate a liner and leachate collection system. This adds an additional layer of protection for groundwater when combined with the County's Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Collection facilities; State ban on white goods, used motor oil and lead-acid batteries; vehicle load inspections; and an extensive public education program.
Wake County residents are not charged for disposal of their solid waste under the following conditions:
  • They do not use a commercial vehicle.
  • Vehicle and/or trailer has single axle.
  • All vehicles must stop on the scales prior to entering landfill. Solid waste transported in open-body vehicles must be secured to prevent spills and/or blown debris.
  • Commercially hauled municipal solid waste loads containing 10 percent or more recyclable corrugated cardboard or construction and demolition debris will be assessed a surcharge.
Have questions or need more information? Contact Johnny Beal or call 919-856-7400.