The City of Raleigh is scheduled to begin seasonal loose leaf collection on Monday, Nov. 9. The City provides the annual service 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 Zone 12 and continue to the remaining zones as weather and equipment allow. Please check the collection schedule or interactive map on when to place your leaves at the curb for pickup.
COVID-19, Other Impacts
Due to COVID-19 protocols and staffing restrictions, we anticipate that it will take us longer than in previous years to complete leaf collection.
As always, 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. If you have signed up for Raleigh Water service alerts, you will be notified via text or email if leaf collection on your street is delayed.
Alternatives to Loose Leaf Collection
We encourage you to consider using other options to manage leaves:
- Mulching – conserves water, helps prevents weeds, and improves the overall health of your lawn or garden, and also benefits the broader environment.
- Bi-Weekly Yard Waste Collection– The Solid Waste Services Department offers bi-weekly leaf pick-up. Use clear plastic or biodegradable paper bags - limit 15 bags per household per week.
If you choose to use the loose leaf vacuum collection service, you can get up-to-date schedule information and detailed Do and Don’t guidance at raleighnc.gov/leaf, including:
- 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 6 feet from the edge of the pavement
- Hold off placing loose leaves at the curb until no more than two weeks prior to the expected arrival of the collection crews in your neighborhood.
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.