Junk Removal is a task that most people can do. With the proper vehicle, some extra time, and a few strong backs the task can be completed by yourself. Wake County has also provided area facilities where residents can drop off their items free of charge. This section of our site is here to provide you with locations, rules, best times to go, and acceptable items for area drop off sites. We also have created a map for donation centers and provided you with tips on how to load your items from the pros at Junk Doctors.
Junk Removal can be a time consuming process. If you have more than one pickup truck load of items expect to spend the better part of a Saturday doing the job yourself. If you decide all this effort just isn’t worth your time then Junk Doctors is here to help. We bring two guys, a big truck, and a great work ethic. Your stuff will be gone in no time with Junk Doctors full service junk hauling. Scheduling is flexible and most times we can accommodate same day service. However, for those still interested in doing it themselves continue on down the page.
Section 1 Drop-off Centers
Residents of Wake County may drop items at Convenience Centers free of charge. We have provided a map below of the different convenience sites throughout the area. Keep in mind that not all sites accept all types of materials. Below the map is a breakdown of what each facility accepts.
Convenience Center Rules
- No double axle trailers
- No large UHAUL type rental trucks. They are considered to be a commercial vehicle. Technically, UHAUL pickups are not allowed either, however we have seen them at these sites at times.
- Children under the age of 16 must remain in vehicle at all times.
- No loitering or rummaging through items.
Times to Avoid Going to Drop-off Centers
- Drop-off centers are open from 7AM-7PM Monday through Sunday. Multi Material Recycling facilities are open from 8 AM to 4 PM Monday through Saturday.
- You will want to avoid going on weekends if possible. Sunday mornings before noon tend to be the best time during the weekend. During the week the best times to go are from 7 AM to 11 AM, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, and 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Lines at these facilities can get very long during the weekends and after Christmas. It is not uncommon to be waiting close to an hour at certain sites before you are able to unload.
- If possible avoid going the week after Christmas. The sites get so busy during that week that a couple of them have police officers on duty as people get impatient, argumentative, and unruly with the long wait times.
- Try to get construction debris to the sites before 10:00 AM on Saturday’s. The Construction Debris landfill closes at noon on Saturday’s so there are times where the bins get full and Waste Industries does not have any empty bins available. This doesn’t happen all that often but to play it safe it is best to get there before 10:00 on Saturday. The Construction Debris landfill is closed completely on Sunday. Again, most of the time you are probably OK to bring the material to the sites but to play it safe try and get it done before 10:00 AM on Saturday. Note: Make sure to check the items accepted chart below as not all sites accept construction debris!
Items that are not accepted at convenience sites
- Motor Oil
- Other hazardous chemicals
- Monitors and Televisions
The above items should be taken to a multi-material recycling facility.
Quick Tip: Often times many of your items can be donated. Convenience sites will accept items that can be donated but you might be interested in donating the items to someone who could use them and getting a tax receipt. A map of area donation centers can be found in section 2. Also, Junk Doctors sorts through items that we accept as part of our junk clean-up and removal service and can donate them on your behalf. We will mail you a tax receipt for any items that are donated.
Map of Wake County Convenience Center Drop-off Sites
Site Breakdown of Accepted Items
Section 2 Donation Centers
The following map showcases many of the donation centers in the area. The charities we recommend are Habitat for Humanity, the Green Chair Project, Dorcas Ministries, and Durham Rescue Mission. This is based simply on the selectivity of charities on items that are to be taken for donation. These charities tend to be the least selective. Goodwill, on the other hand tends to be the most selective. Goodwill is great for donating clothing or small household items, but furniture is only taken in like new condition.
Map of area Donation Centers
Section 3 Good Tools to Have
Proper tools, dollies, straps, and padding can make junk clean-up and removal much easier, safer, and faster. Some of the items below can be acquired fairly easily and inexpensively. Many of the items can be rented from your local UHAUL dealership (we do recommend to call the location to check availability before you go there). Obviously the following tools are not required and the ones that are applicable to your job will simply depend on what you are doing. If you have any questions feel free to call us at 919-466-9322. We would be happy to assist you.
- Utility Kart: These are available from Northern Tool and cost around $100 if you would like to buy a decent one. They are very handy to have around the house. If you don’t see yourself using one very often then visit http://www.uhaul.com/RentalItems/. UHAUL rents them for around $10.
- Appliance Dolly: Since a good one costs $200 and up we do recommend you rent this item. If you are moving refrigerators, ranges, washer machines, or other appliances these things can make life much easier. They come with a strap in order to secure the appliance to the dolly and also feature sliding caster supports which allow you to easily move the appliance around the home, as well as up and down stairs.
- Forearm Forklift: We put this in bold print for a reason. These things are awesome. Amazon.com sells them for around $12. However, we do recommend that you also buy the extension straps. Tax and all they will cost about $20. View the following video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgnfkCW1m7U. Point of caution: These do not work on stairs! If you would like straps that do work on stairs purchase the Shoulder Dolly. Our teams use the shoulder dollies all the time. However they are closer to $50 to purchase and the set up takes a bit longer than the Forearm Forklift.
- Moving blankets or something similar: A must to slide items easily throughout your home and protect your property. Obviously you can also use fairly thick blankets.
- Basic tool set: Make sure that you have a tool set that has a set of Hex Key wrenches. This is a common tool to disassemble furniture. Also will need a set of screw drivers at bare minimum.
- Ratchet Straps: These are used to secure your load on a pickup truck. They are much more effective than rope. View the following youtube video on how to use them:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ6t42ADGfM Straps can be bought at Lowes, Home Depot, Wal Mart, Northern Tool, Sears, and other common tool stores. For light duty applications Wal Mart has a good selection of straps at good prices. Expect to spend around $25 for a set of 4. You will need a set of 4 at minimum.
- Tarp: Again, this is needed to secure your load. You will also likely want some skinny rope to secure the tarp to the truck bed. Both can be bought at Lowes, Home Depot, or Northern. Avoid Wal-Mart tarps. They tend to not hold up very well.
- Four wheel dollies: These are probably not a must on most jobs however they can come in handy for moving items around.
- Orange flag: Can be purchased from Lowes. You will only need this if you have items that are long and stick out the back of your pickup.
- Painters Tape: Easy to use in order to secure doors shut. Doors and drawers that randomly open have caused a lot of damaged walls. They can also cause you to drop the item when the weight suddenly shifts.
Again, not all of the listed items will be needed. It is easy to go on a buying frenzy and purchase all of those items plus some if your aren’t careful. Remember, you are trying to do this cost effectively. Buying items that you will only use once is probably not the way to go. Feel free to give us a call at 919-466-9322 if you would like to let us know what you are doing and see what tools we recommend for your project.