Food Waste Recycling

Three black carts in front of a sign that reads Food Waste Recycling.
Food waste is collected in carts.

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:

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 [email protected] to explore potential partnerships.

What Items Are Accepted for Food Waste Collection?

Acceptable Items




Coffee grounds and paper filters

Tea leaves

Cooked meats

Paper napkins and towels

Paper egg cartons and drink trays

Unacceptable Items

Raw meat

Paper plates and cups

Plastic bags

Yard waste