Earth Day will be recognized for the 50th year on April 22, 2020. Wake County Solid Waste is celebrating all month long with a variety of events to practice environmental stewardship. Join us for one of these exciting events!

86it Litter Cleanup on April 4

86it litter cleanup.JPGWe're joining forces with Service Raleigh to 86 litter in east Raleigh! Volunteers will pick up litter in Anderson Point Park and along the Neuse River Trail.

Wake County residents are invited to join NC State University students for this event. Volunteers will meet at Anderson Point Park at 9 a.m. and finish around noon. Help us plan by registering by March 17 at Service Raleigh. Service Raleigh volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and snacks, plus the chance to win a TV!

Recycling Center Tour on April 7


Follow your plastic bottles and metal cans as they start their journey to being remade! Wake County environmental educators will host a tour of the Sonoco Recycling Material Recovery Facility in Raleigh on Tuesday, April 7, from 10:30–11:30 a.m. This family-friendly event offers visitors a chance to observe recycling workers and machines from a room overlooking the sorting floor. Visitors can also play a sorting game and learn how local governments are working together to make recycling less confusing.

This activity is open to all ages, but best suited for ages 4 and older. Registration is required because space is limited. Email Chelsea Arey or call 919-856-6776 to register by April 3.

Wake Me Up Before You Throw, Throw on April 14

compost_methods_food_scraps.jpgWhat do you need to know before you throw stuff away? Learn from experts at Wake County Solid Waste during an open house on Tuesday, April 14, from noon–4 p.m. We'll host displays inside and outside the South Wake Field Office Building at 6025 Old Smithfield Road in Apex.

This family-friendly event offers a hands-on look at how waste is managed at our facilities. Bring your questions about composting, recycling, landfills and energy from waste.

This is a free, drop-in event. No registration is required. For more information about the open house, email