Loose Leaf Collection Suspended Week of Dec. 26

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The Town of Wake Forest will suspend loose leaf collection during the week of Dec. 26, so crews can focus their efforts on collecting Christmas trees and the unusually large volume of boxes and packages generated during the Christmas holiday.

Also, due to the Christmas holiday, yard waste collection will be suspended Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 26-27, but will resume Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 7 a.m. Crews will follow the normal collection schedule beginning with Monday’s route. Collection of the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday routes will occur throughout the remainder of the week until all have been completed.

Officials are reminding residents to follow these tips to prepare yard waste debris for quicker pickup:

  • Place yard waste within six feet of the curb and at least four feet away from other collection items (including other yard waste) and obstacles such as mailboxes, phone poles and vehicles, etc.;

  • Do not block the sidewalk;

  • Keep yard waste free of trash and other refuse;

  • Logs must not exceed 75 lbs.;

  • Place your yard waste in front of your residence separate from your neighbors’.

Residents are also reminded that next week’s bulk pick-ups will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 27. To schedule a bulk pickup, call 919- 435-9570 by 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26. Residents who call after hours may leave a voicemail message that includes their name and physical address. Residents may also request a bulk pickup by emailing [email protected].

All voicemail and email requests for bulk pickup service must include the resident’s name, physical address, and telephone number, along with a description of the bulk waste items to be collected. Any service request that does not include the required information will not be processed.

When scheduling a bulk waste pickup, Wake Forest residents are urged to follow the town’s bulk waste guidelines. Defined in the town’s code of ordinances as “refuse weighing in excess of 75 pounds each,” bulk waste includes any item that does not fit in the town-issued roll-out garbage cart. Examples of bulk waste pickup items include furniture, lawn mowers, swings, and book shelves. For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Bulk pickup.”

Area residents who wish to dispose of items that do not qualify for bulk waste pickup are urged to consider utilizing one of Wake County’s 11 convenience centers. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., each convenience center will close at noon on Christmas Eve and be closed all day on Christmas Day. For more information, including a list of locations, as well as acceptable and unacceptable items, visit www.wakegov.com/recycling/division/facilities/pages/cc.aspx.

Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 28, Wake Forest will collect and recycle old Christmas trees from residential homes according to the normal yard waste collection schedule. The trees will be ground into mulch, which will be available for free to residents upon request. Orders for mulch are currently being accepted by emailing [email protected] or calling 919-435-9570.

All Wake Forest residents whose yard waste is collected by the town may participate in the “Treecycling” program. To recycle your Christmas tree, please remove all decorations, tinsel, nails, stands and bags from the tree and set it behind the curb for collection. Artificial trees cannot be recycled.

For more information, contact Administrative Assistant Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570 or [email protected] or visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/sanitation.aspx.

For information throughout the year concerning Town of Wake Forest holiday operations, including holiday-related changes to the town’s sanitation schedule, sign up for E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx or visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/holiday-schedule.aspx.

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