Wake County

Solid Waste Management Division

Winter  2018-2019
Next Meeting
South Wake Landfill Citizens Committee

The South Wake Landfill Citizens Committee meet every six months, during March and September The next  meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. 

Location update: The next meeting will be held at the new field office at South Wake Waste Management Facilities, 6025 Old Smithfield Rd, Apex, NC 27539

The South Wake Landfill Citizen Committee was established in 2006 with the purpose of providing:
  • A forum for neighbors of the landfill to have a voice in its continuing development
  • A conduit for information between landfill staff and the neighboring community regarding activities at the landfill
If you know of someone interested in becoming a member or would like to attend the next meeting, please contact us .  

NOTE: Citizen Committee meetings are for members, they are not public meetings .
Traffic Statistics
Number of Garbage Trucks

Avg Trucks/
Jun 2018
Jul 2018
Aug 2018
Sep 2018
Oct 2018
Nov 2018

The above table shows the average number of trucks per day and the total number of trucks per month tipping waste at the South Wake Landfill, over a six month period, from June 2018 through November 2018. 

The landfill is open Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. To request more information about truck statistics and tonnages, please contact us
Landfill Tours
New Dates Added

Residents boarding the landfill tour bus
Wake County Solid Waste staff provide free tours of the South Wake Landfill to the public and interested groups wanting to learn more about what happens to their garbage.  Take a guided tour and learn:
  • How to reduce waste at home
  • How to recycle more than you can leave out at the curb
  • How trash is being turned into energy
  • What items can be harmful if you put them in the trash
Tours last one hour and participants are required to ride the landfill tour bus. Upcoming public tour dates include: 
Seating is limited. All tour participants must be aged eight years by the date of the tour. Click here or on a date above to  learn more about touring the South Wake Landfill.
Happy Trails
Christmas  Tree Recycling

Wake County residents are encouraged to  recycle their real Christmas trees from Wednesday, December 26, 2018 through Sunday, January 27, 2019. Trees collected will be used to mulch park trails at Harris Lake Park, Crowder Park and Bass Lake Park, among others.
The following Wake County Convenience Centers will accept trees daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.:
  • Site #1: 10505 Old Stage Road, Garner
  • Site #2: 6025 Old Smithfield Road, Apex
  • Site #4: 3600 Yates Mill Pond Road, Raleigh
  • Site #11: 5051 Wendell Blvd., Wendell

The following County parks will accept trees daily from from 8 a.m. until sunset:

  • Blue Jay Point County Park, 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd, Raleigh
  • Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr, New Hill
  • Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville
  • Green Hills County Park, 9300 Deponie Dr, Raleigh
Christmas trees must be undecorated (remove ornaments, tinsel, lights). For more  information  about the program click here .
Have Questions?

We strive to keep residents well informed on activities taking place at the landfill and welcome all feedback. If you would like more information, have questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact us. If this newsletter has been forwarded to you and you would like to sign-up to receive the newsletter  click here.
Telephone : 919.856.6424
Address:  Wake County, Solid Waste Management Division, P.O. Box 550, Raleigh, NC 27602
Director: John W. Roberson,  PE 
Stay Connected
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Wake County Solid Waste Management Division is on Facebook sharing information on waste reduction, reuse, recycling and waste disposal services in Wake County.
To stay up-to-date on the latest news and events connect with us on  Facebook .
Tree Planting Program Update
Trees Delivered in Fall
Red Cedar (front), Green Giant (middle), Southern Magnolia (back) Trees

The Tree Planting Program provided neighboring homes with more trees in October. Eleven homes have now received trees. More than 30 homes are still eligible for trees, and Wake County Solid Waste Management Division will accept applications again in fall 2019.

If you would like to apply for the next round, keep an eye out for an email from your property manager in September. Trees will be delivered in October.

Up to five large evergreen trees are available for eligible residents. To be eligible residents must:
  • Live in the Forest Springs sub-division 
  • Own a single family home  
  • Have a backyard that faces north 
To inquire about the Tree Planting Program, including a list of available species click here.
Odor Control Update
Statistics & Summary

Odor reports received from January 2017 thru November 2018.
Odor control projects recently completed, underway, or scheduled to begin soon include:
  • The vapor based odor control system was upgraded in October
  • The odor control system operates at maximum capacity in the evening and early morning of each day
  • Expansion of the landfill gas collection system was completed in September
  • The cap and permanent closure of 20 acres of the landfill was completed earlier this year
  • The working face of the landfill is now in the northern end of the cell, further away from its neighbors to the south
The Solid Waste Director, John Roberson will continue to issue updates on the progress of odor management efforts. If you would like to be added to this email list, contact us

Wake County values your feedback. If you notice objectionable odors near the South Wake Landfill, please let us know as soon as possible by submitting this odor complaint form at the time you first notice the odor. Reporting odors immediately allows us to respond quicker and potentially make changes to operations. 
South Wake Waste Facilities
Redesign & Improvement Project

Redesign and Improvement Project in May 2018

Redesign and Improvement Project in November 2018

The construction of the new Convenience Center was completed in August. The new Household Hazardous Waste Facility and expansion of the existing Multi-Material Recycling Facility are expected to be completed in January 2019. A ll facilities are open for business as usual. We thank you for your patience as we finalize these improvements.  To watch a short video of the new site plans click here .
Flocks of Gulls Arrive at Landfill
It must be Winter!
Gulls lining up at the landfill in November 2018.

Its that time of year again, when we experience the arrival of migratory gulls from up north. They start arriving in November of each year and take shelter at the landfill and surrounding area before returning to the Great Lakes in March.  
New Trash Pass Program
Restrictions on dual-axle trailers and box trucks 

In an effort to reduce the misuse of the Convenience Center program by contractors the use of  box trucks and dual-axle trailers have been restricted at Wake County Convenience Centers.  
Wake County residents that wish to use a dual-axle trailer or box truck are required to apply online for a free "Trash Pass" from Wake County Solid Waste Management Division, in advance of their visit to the Convenience Center.  Residents who use the Convenience Centers in a  personal car,  pick-up truck or  single-axle trailer, do not require a Trash Pass.
Click here to request a "Trash Pass" or to learn more about the program.  Please allow up to 48 business hours for your request to be processed.