Garbage, Recycling & Yard Waste

Solid Waste Schedule Changes Coming Week of August 2nd.

Garbage and recycling collection days will change for about half of Apex residents, beginning the week of August 2nd. GFL, the town’s contractor for garbage and recycling collection, is updating routes to rebalance their schedules and increase collection efficiency.

Yard waste will now run on a new pattern for all residents (even if your garbage day doesn’t change). Yard waste will be collected on the business day following garbage and recycling collection. For example, if your garbage and recycling is collected on Tuesdays, yard waste will now be collected on Wednesdays.

 Stay Informed:

  1. Check our online map to view the new garbage and recycling schedule for your home address! The map is color-coded with new collection days beginning on August 2nd.
  2. Download the ApexCollects app on your mobile device to receive notification of service changes, and to view your current and new schedule.
  3. Check your mailbox – if your home collection day is changing, you should receive a letter from GFL soon!


  • Acceptable Recyclables 2019 - small Opens in new windowGarbage / Recycling - GFL (formerly Waste Industries) is contracted by the town to provide weekly household garbage and recycling collection (check schedule for your address below).
  • Yard Waste - The Town of Apex Public Works Department provides weekly curbside yard waste collection.
  • Additional Recycling Resources (electronics and textiles)

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Holiday Collection

The Wake County landfill is closed for the following holidays. If your trash collection day falls directly on one of these holidays, trash and recycling collection will be postponed to the following day and the rest of that same week will also be postponed by one day.  If the holiday falls on a weekend, your trash and recycling schedule will not be affected.

  • Memorial Day
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • New Years Day

For example, Thanksgiving Day always falls on Thursday, so Thursday’s collection would be on Friday and Friday’s collection would be on Saturday.

Call Customer Service at (919) 362-8676 if you are ever in doubt about your correct collection day.

Holiday Trash & Recycling Tips

  • Christmas Trees: Christmas trees are collected and chipped curbside as part of your regular yard waste collection route. Remove all decorations from tree, including any nails from the stand, and place at curb for pickup.
  • Boxes: Chipboard (like shirt boxes) and corrugated cardboard are accepted, and should be flattened and broken down
  • Items Not Accepted: View the Waste Wizard above to search accepted recycling items.

Inclement Weather Collection

If your trash collection day is disrupted by inclement weather, trash and recycling collection will be postponed until it can be safely resumed and any subsequent collection day in that same week will also be postponed.

For example, if your collection day falls on Thursday and it is not collected due to the weather, Thursday’s collection could occur on Friday and Friday’s collection could occur on Saturday, weather permitting. Because of the range of severity and duration in weather disruptions, it is impossible to predict when a collection route might be eventually completed as it could occur (in the worst case) several days later.

When there is a weather disruption, we ask that customers put their carts and bins out to the curb on their regular collection day and leave them at the curb until they are eventually collected (unless snow plows are anticipated to come through). Trash and recycling collection crews will make every effort to resume normal collection as soon as weather permits.

Call Customer Service at (919) 362-8676 if you are ever in doubt about your correct collection day.