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Beware of Where You Put Raked Leaves

News posted Oct. 10, 2013 - 11:00 am | updated Dec 04, 2013
Leaves Collected
Leaves Collected

The City of Raleigh is reminding residents where to properly place raked leaves for collection by City crews. The City’s annual loose leaf curbside collection program began this week and continues until February. Collections are being made citywide once before and after the Christmas holiday.

The City’s leaf collection vacuum equipment moves very quickly and requires residents to have their leaves prepared properly and placed curbside prior to the crews working in their area. Leaves put out after the equipment has passed will not be picked up until the next scheduled collection. Leaf piles must be placed curbside no later than 7 a.m. on the first day for collection in the zone.

The following are tips on where to place leaf piles:

  • Leaves need to be raked to the curb and not into the street. Raking leaves into the street, including onto bicycle lanes, can create a safety hazard, especially when the leaves get wet from rain;
  • Do not rake leaves into the storm drainage system because it could result in flooding. Blowing or raking leaves or grass into a storm drain or stream can result in a civil penalty. If you see someone doing this, immediately contact the City’s Stormwater Utility Division, 919-996-3940; and
  • Keep leaf piles away from obstructions such as parked vehicles, fire hydrants, water meters, mailboxes, fencing, landscaping utility poles and guy wires.

The City of Raleigh offers residents several opportunities to have their loose leaves collected and several ways to obtain updates on which collection zones crews are working. Residents may get program updates by calling the automated leaf line at 919-996-3720, tuning in to Time Warner cable channel 97.6 or channel 22, or by visiting the City’s website at www.raleighnc.gov.

The City of Raleigh website offers the most detailed information. Once you are on the site, enter leaf update in the search window to access a link to the Leaf Collection page. Raleigh residents may find their collection zone by clicking on the services tab at the top of the home page on the City’s website and entering their address under “My Raleigh Services” in the lower right corner.

The loose leaf curbside collection schedule is as follows:

First Pass

  • Nov. 14-15 zones 6 & 9
  • Nov. 18-21 zones 5 & 8
  • Nov. 22-27 zones 4 & 7
  • Dec. 2-7 zones 3 & 12
  • Dec. 9-14 zones 2 & 11
  • Dec. 16-21 zones 1 & 10

Second Pass

  • Dec. 30- Jan. 4 zones 6 & 9
  • Jan. 6-10 zones 5 & 8
  • Jan. 13-17 zones 4 & 7
    Jan. 21-25 zones 3 & 12
  • Jan. 27-31 zones 2 & 11
  • Feb. 3-7 zones 1 & 10

The leaf collection zones are as follows:

  • Zone 1 is bounded by Glenwood Avenue to the north, Wade Avenue to the south, Interstate 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; and,
  • Zone 12 is bounded by Glenwood Avenue to the north and east, Wade Avenue to the south and I-440 to the west.

In addition to the loose leaf curbside service, residents may have their leaves picked up year-round on their scheduled yard waste collection day. Leaves must be placed in clear plastic bags, paper bags, or permanent containers. Permanent containers with lifting handles, such as a plastic or metal garbage can, can be no larger than 35 gallons and weigh no more than 75 pounds. Residents may also take their yard waste to the City of Raleigh Yard Waste Recycling Center located at 900 North New Hope Road.

For more information, contact

  • Transportation Field Services Division, 919-996-6446

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