Residents are also encouraged to mulch or use weekly yard waste pick-up service
The City of Raleigh is scheduled to begin seasonal loose leaf collection on Tuesday, Nov. 12. This annual service is provided to Raleigh residents who opt to rake leaves from their lawns into piles near the curb, not into the street. Specialized equipment uses a giant vacuum to collect leaves in residential areas.
Raleigh neighborhoods are divided into 12 zones for this service. Crews will start collecting in Zones 12 & 1 and continue to the remaining zones as weather and equipment allow. Generally, crews perform two complete passes of leaf collection between mid-November and early spring.
Rain can cause significant delays in the leaf collection schedule! Changes in schedule will be announced on the City’s website at raleighnc.gov/leaf. Residents who have signed up for service alerts will be notified via text, email, or phone call if leaf collection on their street is delayed.
The City of Raleigh encourages residents to use other options to manage leaves:
- Mulching - Mulching or shredding is better for the health of your lawn or garden but also for the broader environment.
- Your weekly Yard Waste Service – The Solid Waste Services Department offers weekly leaf pick-up. Use clear plastic or biodegradable paper bags (limit 15 bags per household per week). Find out more about our Yard Waste Service.
- Raleigh residents who choose to use the loose leaf vacuum collection service can get up-to-date scheduled information and detailed do’s and don’ts at raleighnc.gov/leaf.
Leaf collection Do’s and Don’ts to ensure collection of your loose leaves:
- Yard waste, including loose leaves, generated by the work of a contractor is NOT eligible for curbside collection. Contractors must remove and properly dispose of the yard waste from your property after their work is completed.
- Do not mix sticks or trash in with your leaf piles – they break our equipment.
- Do not rake or blow leaves into the street. Leaf piles in the street are dangerous to motorists and cyclists.
- Leaf piles in the street block storm drains, which could result in flooding.
- Leaf piles should be placed in your yard, typically in the area between the curb and sidewalk but close enough to the street for the vacuum equipment to reach them, generally no more than six feet from the edge of the pavement.
- Check the leaf collection page for real-time updates on your collection zone or delays.
If you have questions or concerns, call Raleigh Department of Transportation’s Right of Way Maintenance Division at 919-996-6446 before preparing your leaf pile for collection.