Wake County offers convenient locations for residents who want to keep food waste out of the landfill, but don't have the space or time to compost at home. 

Look for the "Food Waste Recycling" sign and black collection carts at these locations:

  • Convenience Center #4
    3600 Yates Mill Pond Road in Raleigh [map]
  • Convenience Center #7
    9024 Deponie Drive, Raleigh [map] 
  • Convenience Center #8
    2001 Durham Road/Hwy. 98 in Wake Forest
  • Convenience Center #2 
    6120 Old Smithfield Road in Apex [map]
Food waste collection sites were chosen based on multiple factors, including available space and proximity to food waste haulers. Businesses or organizations interested in hosting a food waste collection site should email recycling@wakegov.com to explore potential partnerships.

Accepted items include:

  • Food scraps and leftovers

  • Cooked meats

  • Eggs, dairy and baked goods

  • Fruits and vegetables

  • Paper plates and paper trays

  • Paper towels and paper napkins

  • Pizza boxes and paper egg cartons
  • Tea bags, coffee filters and grounds


Please, no plastics, no raw meats, no recyclables and no yard waste.