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New sanitation collection guidelines take effect in Wake Forest

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WAKE FOREST — As of Thursday, town of Wake Forest and Republic Services crews have begun “tagging” residents that violate trash, recycling and yard waste collection guidelines. Town sanitation customers may receive a “Non-Collection Notice” tag for a variety of reasons, including several common violations:

• Trash/recycling carts that are overfull, too close to another cart or blocked

• Trash/recycling placed in the wrong cart or improper container

• Trash/recycling carts that contain hazardous materials, soil, concrete or brick

• Bulk trash that includes cardboard that needs to be broken down

• Items that must be scheduled for bulk collection

• Electronics that are not eligible for curbside pickup

• Yard waste that exceeds four cubic yards permitted per household

• Yard waste left behind by a contractor

• Limbs, leaves and trash that must be separated

• Leaves containing soil, rocks, limbs, concrete or brick

The first time a resident violates any of these or other collection guidelines, crews will leave a violation notice — but collect the materials placed at the curb. For each future violation, the resident will receive a non-collection notice that identifies the issue and explains why their materials were not collected. For more information, visit and search “non-collection notice.”

Residents are also reminded that Republic Services crews are no longer servicing recycling rollout carts containing plastic bags or wrap and are instead tagging them with a non-collection notice.

Complete information about town sanitation guidelines is available in the “Resident’s Guide to Trash, Recycling & Yard Waste Pickup.” To view the booklet online, visit and search “Resident’s Guide to Trash.”

The Waste Wizard is also a useful resource that helps residents know which disposable household materials can be recycled and which ones should be thrown away. Available on the town’s website at, the “Waste Wizard” is an interactive tool that allows users to type in key words related to disposable household materials and receive valuable disposal tips. From aluminum cans and phone books to popcorn bags and plastic bags, the search tool helps residents effectively sort their recyclables from their trash. The Waste Wizard also allows users to sign up for waste collection reminders and download collection schedules.

For more information, email Assistant Public Works Director Allison Snyder at