Loose Leaf Piles

New Holiday Special Events Leaf Collections Program

New neighborhood program for bulk leaf collection, deadline Aug. 30

The City of Raleigh recognizes that there are long-standing holiday celebrations in some Raleigh communities that engage neighbors in celebration and invite others from outside the neighborhood to join the festivities.  These activities generate increases in vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and an increased need for parking and open, passable sidewalks.

For the 2020-21 loose leaf collection season, the City of Raleigh is offering a new program for these communities to assist with bulk leaf removal: Holiday Special Events Leaf Collection. As bulk leaf collection resources are limited, communities must meet certain requirements to qualify for this program.  The requirements are listed below, along with instructions for completing the application process.

The requirements are listed below, along with instructions for completing the application process.

Qualification Requirements

  • This program seeks to recognize long-established public celebrations. The event must have been in place for five years or more as of January 2020.
  • The event may not be prohibitive in any way, and applicants must demonstrate evidence of the celebration’s availability to the general public.
  • A clearly defined geographical area must be identified that includes a minimum of forty (40) adjacent residential dwelling units.

Submittal Requirements

  • The application deadline is Aug. 30, 2020.
  • A map listing the homes within the defined geographical area must be attached.
  • A clear border of the geographical area must be designated on the map.
  • Documentation (news story, community newsletter, etc.) that establishes the event’s history must be included with the application.
  • Signatures from five event supporters.

Bulk leaf collection will begin on Nov. 9; however, since much of this equipment has not been used since last season and we have several new equipment operators, we plan to use the week of Nov. 2 – 6 to test equipment and train new drivers.  Approved applicants will be informed directly of their scheduled pickup times.

Should you have questions related to the program, or require assistance with completing the application, please contact the City of Raleigh Transportation Right of Way Manager or the Special Operations Program Manager at 919-996-6446.


Holiday Special Events Leaf Collection application

About Seasonal Loose Leaf Collection

Annual loose-leaf collection is a residential service for citizens living inside the City limits and features two rounds of vacuuming leaf piles placed between the curb and sidewalk. 
Last season crews collected 2,786 loads of leaves estimated at over 12,000 tons or 61,230 cubic yards.  This amount would fill an entire football field to a height of 40 feet! 



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