Event Recycling & Bin Loan Program

Event Recycling & Bin Loan Program

Are you planning an event and wondering if there is a way to reduce waste? Wake County loans free recycling, composting and trash bins to residents hosting events in Wake County.

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?

Video on how the Event Recycling & Bin Loan Program works
How Does It Work?
Watch this video on the event recycling and bin loan program.
  1. Decide how many bins you need using the guidelines below.
  2. Fill out a reservation form.
  3. Email the form two weeks before your event.
  4. Pick up the bins from the location you chose on the form.


How many bins or waste stations do I need?

Waste Station
Waste Station

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

  • 1–2 waste stations for graduation parties, family reunions or <150 guests
  • 3–4 waste stations for weddings or <300 guests
  • 5–6 waste stations for school/church picnics or <600 guests
  • 7–8 waste stations for park festivals or <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 compostable materials/food waste can be dropped off for FREE at Wake County Convenience Centers.


  • Not all Convenience Center sites accept compostables/food waste. Check the site for accepted items.
  • The Convenience Centers provide disposal options for collected materials only. Do not return borrowed equipment to Convenience Centers.

What items can I recycle?

Did you know that approximately 36% of waste in South Wake Landfill could be recycled under current recycling programs? The most common recyclable 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. Learn what items can be recycled at Wake County Convenience Centers.

What items can I compost?

Did you know that approximately 34% of waste in South Wake Landfill is food and yard waste that can be composted? The most common compostable items generated at events include food scraps, paper napkins, and pizza boxes. Compostable food ware, such as plates, bowls, cups or cutlery labeled "compostable," "BPI Certified Compostable" or with the codes "ASTM D6400 or D6868" can be composted.

Unacceptable Items:

  • Plastic bags, plastic food ware and plastic food packaging are not compostable – please do not put plastic of any kind in a compost bin.
  • Paper cups and paper plates, unless labeled "BPI Certified Compostable" or "ASTM D6400" or "ASTM D6868.
  • Raw meat.

Follow this link to learn more about the items that can be composted at Wake County Convenience Centers.

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.

Equipment Specifications

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 (measures 38” x 21” x 3”, folds flat for easy transportation)
  • Lid 
  • Sign holder
  • Sign

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.

Signing the Agreement & Release Form

Note: 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.

The borrower/person on the reservation form must be present at pickup to sign for the bins. When loaning equipment from Wake County, the borrower is required to sign an equipment release form in front of a Wake County representative 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.

Contact Us

Education and Outreach Team

Email: recycling@wakegov.com