Seasonal Loose Leaf Collection Information
City of Raleigh crews will begin loose leaf collection on November 2, 2015
- Rake leaves to the back of the curb and not into the roadway.
- It's also a good idea to keep leaf piles off of the sidewalk.
- Share the road! Others need space along the road too.
- Don't block hydrants. Firefighters need unrestricted access.
- Crews are not equipped to remove limbs and other yard waste.
The City will make two collections in each area this season and will be working in an east to west direction.
Leaf piles must be ready for collection by 7:00 a.m. on the dates listed. Leaf piles put out after the date listed for your area may not be collected. Crews will work preassigned routes and will not take requests or make special arrangements.
Loose leaf collection is a residential service for citizens living inside the Raleigh city limits. If you are unsure if this service is available to you, contact the Transportation Field Services Division at 919-996-6446 before putting any leaf piles out. Landscape contractors are responsible for proper disposal of leaf piles which they create.
Residents can assist crews by preparing loose leaf piles properly. Leaf piles should be at the edge of your yard, not in the street. Keep leaf piles in an open area and away from obstructions so crews can get the equipment to them. It is illegal to rake or blow leaves into the street, loose leaves must be collected and disposed of properly. For more information on how to dispose of leaves see the Keep leaves out of the street and off sidewalk tab below.
Zone 12 will be completed on Wednesday November 25. Collection crews were unable to complete all of the neighborhoods in zone 3. Crews expect to have these unfinished neighborhoods completed by Tuesday Dec. 1 and will begin working in zones 2 & 11 upon completion of zone 3.
Things to remember when getting leaves ready for collection:
- Make sure that there are no tree trimmings or other types of yard debris in your loose leaves
- Keep loose leaves away from obstructions such as parked vehicles, mailboxes, fencing, utility poles and water meters
- Keep the leaves out of the street and off the sidewalks
- Have the leaves ready by 7 a.m. the first day of scheduled collection
Unsure of Your Leaf Collection Zone or Yard Waste Day?
If you are unsure of your leaf collection zone or scheduled yard waste day, you can find it by entering your address below and selecting it from the list of addresses provided.
Leaf Collection Schedule
The calendar shows the first day crews are scheduled to begin leaf collection in each area. To ensure collection, please have leaves prepared by 7 am on the day indicated for your collection zone.
Keep Leaves out of the Street and off of Sidewalks
Loose leaf piles should be placed behind the curb or edge of pavement without blocking the sidewalk. Do not rake or blow leaves into the street as they present a safety hazard and a flooding concern when leaves are washed into storm drains.
Please see the slide show at the top of the page for examples of what to do and what not to do when preparing your leaves for collection.
Please separate tree trimmings, shrubs, and other types of yard debris from your loose leaves. These items can damage our vacuum equipment and create a safety hazard for our crews. Yard waste and bagged leaves will continue to be collected on your scheduled yard waste collection day.
Please keep leaf piles away from obstructions such as parked vehicles, fire hydrants, mailboxes, fencing, designer landscaping, water meters, utility poles and guy wires. Our crews need room to work and do not want to damage our equipment or your property while collecting loose leaves.
Please help us be environmentally responsible by keeping leaf piles out of the streets and storm drains or by using one of these other alternatives.
The City of Raleigh would like to encourage residents to utilize eco-friendly options such as mulching or backyard composting whenever possible. Visit Backyard Composting for more information.
Citizens who receive the loose leaf collection service can also have their leaves picked up weekly, year-round on their scheduled collection day. Leaves must be placed in either clear plastic bags, bio-degradable paper bags or a solid container. Visit Yard Waste Preparation for more information.
Didn't Get Your Leaves to the Curb in Time?
Leaf piles should be prepared by 7 a.m. the first day that crews are scheduled to be in your area.
Raleigh residents also have the option of disposing unwanted leaves by utilizing the weekly Yard Waste Collection on their scheduled collection day. Use any of these options by placing leaves in:
- Containers with lifting handles, such as a plastic or metal garbage cans, no larger than 35 gallons, and weighing no more than 75 pounds when full.
- Biodegradable paper bags.
- CLEAR plastic bags.
Limit 15 bags per week.
View Yard Waste Preparation for more information on preparing yard waste for collection.
Description and Map of Leaf Collection Zones
Zone "1" is bounded by Glenwood Avenue to the north, Wade Avenue to the south, I-440 to the east and the city limits to the west.
Zone "2" is bounded by Creedmoor Road to the east, Glenwood Avenue to the south and west and the city limits to the north.
Zone "3" is bounded by Six Forks Road to the east, I-440 to the south, Creedmoor Road to the west and the city limits to the north.
Zone "4" is bounded by I-540 to the north, Falls of Neuse Road to the east, St. Albans Road to the south and Six Forks Road to the west.
Zone "5" is bounded Falls of Neuse Road to the north and west, Capital Boulevard to the east and New Hope Church Road and St. Albans Road to the south.
Zone "6" is bounded by Capital Boulevard to the west, Buffaloe Road to the south and the city limits to the north and east.
Zone "7" is bounded by I-440, St. Albans Drive and New Hope Church Road to the north, Capital Boulevard to the east, Wade Avenue to the south and Glenwood Avenue to the west.
Zone "8" is bounded by Buffaloe Road to the north, the city limits to the east, Poole Road and Edenton Street to the south and Person Street, Wake Forest Road and Capital Boulevard to the west.
Zone "9" is bounded by Poole Road and Edenton Street to the north, the city limits to the ease and south and Person Street and Hammond Road to the west.
Zone "10" is bounded by Western Boulevard to the north, Tryon Road and the city limits to the south, Person Street and Hammond Road to the east and I-40 and Jones Franklin Road to the west.
Zone "11" is bounded by Wade Avenue to the North, Western Boulevard to the south, Person Street and Wake Forest Road to the east and I-40 to the west.
Zone "12" is bounded by Glenwood Avenue to the north and east, Wade Avenue to the south and I-440 to the west.Download Full Map