Are you planning an event? Serving food and drink to your guests? Wondering if there is a way to reduce waste? Wake County loans recycling, composting and trash bins at no cost, to residents hosting events in Wake County, who want to reduce waste.


The County has 25 portable recycling, composting and trash bins or "waste stations" available to loan for events, small or large, public or private, from weddings and neighborhood block parties to park festivals and marathons. The bins are easy to transport and include bags and signage that make it easy for attendees to sort recyclable and compostable materials.


How Does It Work?

It's easy; first decide how many bins you need using the guidelines below, then:

  1. Fill out a reservation form.
  2. Email the form two weeks before your event.
  3. Pick up the bins from the location you chose.


What Is A Waste Station?


Wherever waste is generated we encourage "waste stations," which include a recycling bin, a composting bin and a trash bin. By locating bins together, you are more likely to reduce contamination and increase waste diversion rates. Waste stations are best placed where most waste is generated, such as next to food vendors, near picnic shelters, outside restrooms, etc.


How Many Waste Stations Do I Need?


Waste stations should be kept to a minimum to aid servicing:

  • 1–2 waste stations for graduation parties, family reunions <150 guests

  • 3–4 waste stations for weddings <300 guests

  • 5–6 waste stations for school/church picnics <600 guests

  • 7–8 waste stations for park festivals <1,500 guests


How Do I set Up A Waste Station?


It's easy; watch this video to see how the bins are set up. 


What Do I Do with The Waste Collected?


Small amounts of trash and recycling can be placed in your carts for regular curbside collection. Large amounts of trash, recycling and food waste for composting can be dropped-off for FREE at Wake County Convenience Centers. The following Convenience Centers provide disposal options for collected materials only. Do not return your equipment to these locations:

Site ​Location ​Recycle Compost ​Trash
​1. ​10505 Old Stage Road, Raleigh [map] ​x ​x
​2. ​6025 Old Smithfield Road, Apex [map] ​x ​        x ​x
​3. ​266 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville [map] ​x ​x
​4. ​3600 Yates Mill Pond Road, Raleigh [map] ​x ​x ​x
​5. ​8401 Battle Bridge Road, Raleigh [map] ​x ​x
​6. ​3913 Lillie Liles Road, Wake Forest [map] ​x ​x
​7. ​9024 Deponie Drive, Raleigh [map] ​x ​x ​x
​8. ​2001 Durham Road/Hwy. 98, Wake Forest [map] ​x ​x ​x
​9. ​3337 New Hill-Holleman Road, New Hill [map] ​x ​x
​10. 5216 Knightdale-Eagle Rock Rd, Knightdale [map] ​x
​11. ​5051 Wendell Blvd./Business 64, Wendell [map] ​x ​x



What Waste Can Be Recycled?


Did you know that approximately 36% of waste in Wake County is recyclable under current recycling programs? The most common waste items generated at events include beverage containers such as glass wine and beer bottles, aluminum soda and beer cans, plastic water, soda and wine bottles, and wine and juice boxes. See a full list of items that can be recycled for FREE at Wake County Convenience Centers here.


What Waste Can Be Composted?


Did you know that approximately 34% of waste in Wake County is made up of organic materials, such as food scraps, paper napkins and pizza boxes, that can all be composted? See a full list of items that can be composted for FREE at Wake County Food Waste Recycling locations here


Additional Information

Specially labeled bags are provided with each bin and come in rolls. Each roll of recycling bags contains five bags. Each recycling bag can hold up to 200 bottles/cans. Each roll of composting bags contains 10 bags. Remember to monitor bins regularly to avoid contamination and overflows. Please return any unused bags.
One waste station (recycling bin, composting bin, trash bin) comes in a travel case (weighing 30 lbs.) and fits on the backseat of any size vehicle, including compact. If you are borrowing individual bins, each bin weighs 10 lbs and is composed of four parts:
frame, lid, sign holder and sign. The frame is the largest part of the bin, measuring 38” x 21” x 3”, and it folds flat for easy transportation. Consider how many bins you are loaning and plan accordingly when you come to pick up. Bring help and/or a cart, if you need it.

Note: When loaning equipment from Wake County the borrower will be required to sign a form that states they agree to:
  • Return bins to the pickup location selected on the request form
  • Return bins by the return date indicated on the request form
  • Return bins clean and in good repair
  • Recycle, compost and dispose of all waste materials collected accordingly
  • Return any unused bags
  • Pay Wake County $75 per bin if damaged and/or not returned

Reserve A Waste Station Today!


If you would like to reserve bins for your event complete a reservation form and email it to Note: The person on the reservation form must be present during pickup to sign for the binsSubmit your reservation form two weeks in advance of your event. Completing a reservation form does not guarantee approval. Bins are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please allow up to 48 business hours for a response.


For more information on the Event Recycling & Bin Loan Program email: Sara Davarbakhsh or call: 919-856-7412.