Yard Waste

Residents may place regular amounts of yard waste out for collection on their regular garbage collection day to be picked up by the City. 

If anyone (resident, business, or nonprofit) uses a contractor or landscape contractor to trim or cut trees or any yard work, that contractor is responsible for removal of the debris that they generate (including grass clippings, bulk leaves, tree trimmings, etc.).


Yard waste - i.e. brush, limbs, leaves and grass clippings can be piled curbside for pickup but not within the street or on the sidewalk. We pick up a maximum of two cubic yards per week. These items must be piled together in a single concise pile except during bulk leaf collection season when leaves must be in a separate pile. The material will be hauled to our yard waste facility and ground into mulch. All leaves and/or miscellaneous yard waste must be piled curbside, the City DOES NOT pick up bagged yard waste.

Bulk leaf collection for the fall season starts mid-October and runs through the end of December. The spring season typically runs throughout the month of March. 

Loose leaves must be piled at the curbside, not in the street or on the sidewalk, for collection. During bulk leaf season, all leaves must be free of tree limbs, rocks, bottles or other objects that may damage collection equipment. It is not necessary to call the Public Works Department. Removal crews routinely check each City street for piles of leaves.


View our Environmental Resources Guide [PDF] and access additional information about our services. For our customers who prefer Spanish, view the Environmental Resources Guide - Spanish version [PDF].

Keep an eye out for our regular mulch and leaf compost give away events.

For residents who are interested in composting at home, check out this guide provided by the NC Department of Environmental Quality.

Fall Leaf Pickup

Fall Bulk Leaf Pick-up begins October 17th and continues until December 30th, 2022.  For more information go to our Fall Bulk Leaf Pick-up Page.