UPDATE: Equipment Failures, Winter Weather Cause Leaf Collection Delays
Equipment Failures, Winter Weather Cause Leaf Collection Delays
Due to a combination of winter weather and mechanical breakdowns with the City of Raleigh’s specialized leaf vacuum equipment, crews are behind schedule collecting leaf piles. They will continue to work diligently to get all the leaves collected as soon as possible.
Raleigh residents, however, are encouraged to explore other options to dispose of their unwanted leaves, such as mulching-in-place or the City’s weekly Yard Waste Program which requires leaves to be bagged in clear or biodegradable bags, not black bags. With the latter, simply set yard waste on the curb on your scheduled collection day for garbage and recycling.
Please remember that yard waste generated from work by a contractor is not eligible for curbside collection. Contractors must remove the yard waste from your home after work is completed. If you hire someone to perform yard work services, be sure the cost of hauling the yard waste away is included in the price.
The City is reminding residents to follow these tips when preparing leaves for collection:
- Place your leaf piles close to the curb;
- Place your leaf pile out in the open where crews can easily reach it;
- Do not mix sticks, rocks, trash or any foreign objects in with your leaves; and,
- Keep leaf piles away from obstructions such as vehicles, mailboxes, fire hydrants, water meters or utility poles.
The City appreciates your cooperation and patience.
For more information about leaf collection, call the City of Raleigh Transportation Field Services Division office at 919-996-6446 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit our Annual Leaf Collection page.
Original Post, 10/4/17:
City's Seasonal Loose Leaf Collection Begins Nov. 6
The City of Raleigh Transportation Field Services will begin the annual loose leaf collection service on Monday, Nov. 6th. Autumn’s arrival creates beautiful landscapes.However, it also means that leaves will fall and accumulate in unwanted areas. The City of Raleigh offers several disposal options to its residents but would like to make people aware there are also some Eco-friendly alternatives. Raleigh residents are encouraged to decide which option(s) work best for their amount of leaves.
Mulching-in-place: This mulching or “shredding” option is not only better for the health of your lawn and garden but for the broader environment. It can be done quickly and easily with minimal cost and at your leisure. Most lawn mowers can be adjusted to a mulch setting.
Backyard composting: By composting your food scraps and yard trimmings, you help save valuable landfill space while creating a nutritious soil amendment. More information on composting.
Hire a landscape contractor: Please note - Yard waste generated from work by a contractor is NOT eligible for curbside collection. Contractors must remove the yard waste from your home after work is completed. If you hire someone to perform yardwork services, be sure the cost of hauling the yard waste away is included in the price.
Haul it yourself: Take your unwanted leaves or other yard wastes to the city’s Yard Waste Recycling Center. It is located in East Raleigh at 900 N. New Hope Road and is open Monday – Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is a minimal dump fee for this service. MasterCard, Visa, checks with proper ID and cash are accepted. More
information our Yard Waste Recycling Center.
The City of Raleigh weekly Yard Waste Service: This service is provided by the Solid Waste Services Department and occurs on the same day your trash is collected. Either of the following can be used: containers with lifting handles, such as a plastic or metal garbage can, no larger than 35 gallons, and weighing no more than 75 pounds when full; biodegradable paper bags; or clear plastic bags. Please limit the number of bags that will be placed out for collection to 15. More Yard Waste information.
Seasonal Loose Leaf Collection: The City of Raleigh Transportation Field Services Division provides seasonal loose leaf collection service using specialized vacuum equipment. This is a residential service intended for people who do their own yard work. Crews will only collect loose leaf piles from in front of single family homes. Commercial properties such as businesses, schools, churches, and apartments are NOT eligible. Loose leaf piles should be placed in your yard close enough to the street that equipment can reach it, no more than six feet from the edge of the pavement. Do NOT rake or blow leaves into the street or mix any other debris in with the loose leaves. Each resident is responsible for having their loose leaf pile properly prepared for collection before crews begin working in their neighborhood. Leaf piles that are blocked by obstructions or otherwise do not comply with the guidance provided will not be collected. Crews are scheduled to make two collection passes thru the city during the season. Residents will need to know which collection zone they live in to determine when to have leaf piles ready based on this season’s schedule.
Visit our Annual Loose Leaf Collection page to:
- Determine your leaf collection zone; view this year’s leaf collection schedule;
- Access an interactive leaf map;
- Utilize the “MyRaleigh Services” function.
Or, call the City of Raleigh Transportation Field Services Division office at 919-996-6446 Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
For more information, contact
- Rob Murray, Department of Transportation, 919-996-4991