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Wake Forest, North Carolina
Population: 27,000
Bottle Bill: No
Collection Method: Contractor
Funding: General Fund (replacing a flat fee)
Households Served: 8,600
Truck Type: Fully automated single compartment
Container Type: Rolling carts
Materials Processing Facility: Single stream processing
Wake Forest, North Carolina

The Town of Wake Forest, North Carolina was incorporated in 1909 and is celebrating its centennial throughout 2009. The Town is located in northern Wake County which includes the Raleigh - Cary metro area. Wake Forest has over 26,000 residents, a vibrant downtown with more than 100 businesses and restaurants and two colleges – the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Southeastern College at Wake Forest.

Wake Forest had an estimated population of 12,588 for the 2000 census but has grown significantly since that time with a current estimated population in 27,000. Located about 35 minutes from downtown Raleigh and 25 minutes from a major airport, Wake Forest was rated as the 15th fastest growing community in North Carolina.

Weekly, parallel (e.g. same day of the week) refuse and recycling collection is offered to all 1-4 family households, which now has reached 8651 households. Collection is offered to some households in buildings with greater than 4 dwelling units. Collection is fully automated and all households are given both a refuse and recycling cart. Last year households served by the recycling program set out an average of more than 500 pounds per household.

Last year Wake Forest households recycled over 2100 tons curbside.