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Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

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The Wake Forest Town Hall and other administrative offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23-24, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Police service will not be interrupted, but other Town operations will be affected.

Wake Forest Bus Service, including the Wake Forest-Raleigh Express and the Wake Forest Loop, will not be provided Thursday, Nov. 23. Only the Wake Forest Loop will operate Friday, Nov. 24. Both the Wake Forest-Raleigh Express and the Wake Forest Loop will resume their normal schedules Monday, Nov. 27.

The collection of garbage and recycling for the week of Nov. 20 will change as follows:


Normal Collection Day

Thanksgiving Week


Monday, Nov. 20


Tuesday, Nov. 21


Wednesday, Nov. 22


Friday, Nov. 24


Saturday, Nov. 25


Yard waste will not be collected Nov. 23-24. The collection of all routes, including the Thursday and Friday routes, will occur Monday, Nov. 20, through Wednesday, Nov. 22, until all have been completed. In order to ensure that all neighborhoods are serviced properly, residents are urged to leave their normal yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. Monday for pickup by Wednesday. As always, please avoid placing items on or near mailboxes, utility boxes, utility poles or other fixed objects.

Wake Forest residents can track the progress of leaf collection crews by calling the Leaf Collection Hotline at 919-435-9582. The hotline is updated each weekday morning by 8 a.m. with information identifying areas where crews will be working that day. 

Bulk pick-ups will be scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 21. To schedule a bulk pickup, call 919- 435-9570 by 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20.

Residents who call after hours may leave a voicemail message. Residents may also request a bulk pickup by emailing Betty Pearce at 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 of Wake Forest 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 and search “Bulk pickup.”

Town offices will re-open Monday, Nov. 27, at 8 a.m.

For information throughout the year concerning Town of Wake Forest holiday operations, including holiday-related changes to the Town’s sanitation schedule, visit

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