Yard Waste

Consider backyard composting. Leaves, grass clippings, and plant material combined with kitchen scraps make an excellent compost that will enrich your garden and save tax dollars. Yard Waste is a free weekly service collected on your regularly scheduled collection day.

  • Place all yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on your collection day.
  • NEVER place yard waste in your garbage or recycling cart. It is illegal to dispose of yard waste in an NC landfill. Roll-out carts with yard waste will not be emptied.
  • Grass clippings, tree and shrubbery trimmings, and leaves must be placed in untied, clear plastic or paper bags weighing less than 35 pounds. NO dark or opaque plastic bags are permitted.
  • Limbs greater than 1 inch diameter and 12 inches long do not require bagging and should be placed with other limbs for collection.
  • Limbs longer than 6 feet or greater than 12 inches in diameter are prohibited and will not be collected.
  • Live Christmas trees and other live greenery are recyclable as yard waste. Remove tree stands, lights, ornaments, and tinsel; then place your tree curbside with other yard waste.
  • Artificial Christmas trees and decorations are garbage and should NOT be placed along with yard waste.

Use of Personal Containers Permitted ONLY for Yard Waste

  • Must be 44 gallons or less and be equipped with handles.
  • Must be clearly marked “YARD WASTE ONLY.”
  • Must weigh less than 35 pounds when full.
  • The City is not responsible for missing, stolen or damaged personal containers.

Why Clear Bags Only?

  • Clear bags allow crews to verify contents, and confirm that no garbage or other prohibited items are inside the bag.
  • Clear, untied bags help slow down the decomposition of yard waste and prevent odors or liquids from becoming health hazards.
  • Compostable bags (30 gallon yard waste paper bags) are acceptable to use and are recommended.

Yard Waste Placement & Restrictions

  • Do not block sidewalks or traffic lanes, or place yard waste below low-hanging power or phone lines. Yard waste should be placed 2 feet from vehicles, utility poles, and other structures.
  • Do not mix dirt, rocks, animal waste or trash with yard waste.
  • The city does not collect yard waste that was put at the curb by a commercial landscaping company or tree company.

Loose Leaf Season

  • Loose leaves are collected curbside November to January according to the published schedule.
  • Loose leaf collection schedules are announced in September. Watch for the schedule in your utility bill.
  • Do not mix limbs, rocks, or other material with your leaves. Contamination can damage collection equipment or injure crew members or bystanders.
  • Properly bagged leaves are collected year-round on your scheduled collection day.
  • Leaves left at curb after loose-leaf season ends must be placed in clear plastic bags or compostable bags (30 gallon yard waste paper bags).
  • Second Chance Leaf Collection is offered for two weeks after the last week of leaf season. A fee of $75/collection will be charged to the resident.