Yard Waste

Yard Waste
From grass clippings to pine needles, limbs to leaves: Weekly yard waste collection is provided by the town (click here for the scheduleexcept during peak leaf season, Nov. 1-Jan. 31.

It's peak leaf season! Click here for a daily progress update to help you gauge when crews may be visiting your home.

Excessive amounts of yard waste, inclement weather, damaged equipment and town holidays can delay yard waste collection.

  • Do not bag your yard waste.
  • Grass clippings, leaves, pine needles, small limbs, twigs, shrubs, and plant and hedge clippings are collected by Town crews.
  • Please tie limbs, shrubs and hedge clippings with twine or string and place the bundles in a separate pile from lighter yard waste (grass clippings, leaves and pine needles). Different trucks collect different types of yard waste, and the vacuum truck that collects lighter yard waste can be damaged by sticks. Limbs should be no more than 6 inches in diameter. Bundles should be no more than 4 feet in length and less than 50 pounds.
  • Piles of yard waste should be placed at the edge of your front yard off the street pavement.
  • Yard waste contaminated with non-organic rubbish will be left at the curb for disposal by the resident.
Grass clippings Place at edge of front yard, off street pavement. Do not bag.
Leaves, pine needles Rake to the edge of your front yard, off the street pavement. Do not bag. From November 1-January 31, leaf collection runs continuously, weather permitting, with Town crews going through Town, one subdivision at a time, and then starting again.
Small limbs, plant or hedge clippings
No more than 4 feet in length, no more than 6 inches in diameter, and tied with twine or string in bundles weighing less than 50 pounds.
Dead plants/shrubs Remove excess dirt and place at edge of front yard, off street pavement.
Dirt, concrete, rocks, construction debris, etc.
Not collected.
Large quantities of yard waste This applies to loads exceeding 2½ cubic yards, about the size of load a pickup truck can carry, or exceeding 50 lbs. Click here for more information about collection of large quantities of yard waste and debris for an additional fee.
Debris cut by landscape or tree service contractors or commercial workmen Not collected.
Christmas trees Strip the tree of all decorations and other objects, including tinsel and nails, before leaving it at the curb. The trees are chipped for mulch. Trees with objects on them must be left behind since they could damage the chipping machine.

To dispose of yard waste yourself:


Different facilities within Wake County accept yard waste. Fees vary. Click here for more information.