Wake County joined thousands of organizers holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, every November 15, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful. map-02.png

The most recent Wake County Recycling Day event was held on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at the North Wake Multi-Material Recycling Facility, located at 9029 Deponie Drive in Raleigh (map). The event was FREE and open to all Wake County residents.

Education and outreach activities are available year round, not just on Wake County Recycling Day. Sign up for our Bathroom Recycling Initiative and receive a FREE recycling bin for your bathroom. Support our Food Waste Recycling Program and request a FREE kitchen caddy for your food waste (while supplies last).

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Our special events sometimes include have shredding trucks on-site to provide residents with the opportunity to protect themselves from identity theft by disposing of confidential documents in an environmentally responsible way. Here are some useful tips to help you navigate the shredding lane faster:

  • Three (3) box/bag limit per household
  • Documents that should be shredded contain personally identifiable information, such as;
    • Social Security numbers
    • Dates of birth
    • Driver license numbers
    • Bank account numbers 
    • Debit and credit card numbers etc...
  • Documents that typically do not need to be shredded include;
    • Utility bills
    • Most junk mail, except pre-approved credit card offers
    • Cash register receipts
  • For more guidance on what documents should or should not be shredded click here  

Please Note: Due to traffic volume, paper shredding will be drive-through only .

Bring us your old, broken and unwanted electronics for recycling, including any household item with a cord or plug, such as:

  • Televisions, DVRs, video players
  • Computers, laptops, keyboards, printers
  • Microwaves, toaster ovens, toasters, kettles, food processors
  • Lamps, vacuum cleaners
  • Cameras, calculators, GPS, MP3 players
  • Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs, VHS cassette tapes

Please Note: Hard drives should be wiped before drop-off.

Many common household items are labeled toxic, flammable, corrosive etc... and should not be placed in your household garbage. Bring us your household hazardous waste items for recycling and safe disposal, items such as: 

  • Paints, varnishes, stains (10-can limit on latex paint)
  • Pesticides, herbicides
  • Propane tanks
  • Batteries
  • Fire extinguishers (dry chemical)
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Lighter fluid, gasoline, kerosene
  • Mercury thermometers
Please Note: We do not accept ammunition, smoke detectors or needles. For more guidelines click here.

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Wake County waste facilities accept a lot more items for recycling than you can leave out at the curb, including items such as;

  • Clothes, shoes, books
  • Children's toys, car seats, strollers
  • Appliances
  • Scrap metal
  • Cooking oil
  • Wooden pallets
  • Large rigid plastics etc...

See the full list here of what you can bring to our site for recycling.