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Yard Waste Center Products New Product Prices Effective July 1, 2020 Purchasing Center’s Products Center Accepts Yard Waste  Did You Know?

The City’s Yard Waste Center, which had been closed due to COVID-19, resumed normal operations on May 19, 2020. 

To mitigate safety concerns and adhere to social distancing guidelines, the Yard Waste Center has put in place various safety measures. These include installing a Plexiglass shield guard between customers and center staff, providing personal protective equipment for attendants and scale operators, and sanitizing all areas daily.

The Yard Waste Center is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. till 3 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. till 1 p.m. 

Yard Waste Center Products

Raleigh Organic Mulch

Raleigh Organic Mulch is the woody debris from the ground yard trimmings. After the ground yard trimmings has completed the compost process, the mulch is processed through a screen that separates the mulch and compost. Any weeds, seeds, and pathogens have been destroyed since our mulch is screened after it has been heat treated during the compost process.

Raleigh Organic Mulch will help to conserve soil moisture, suppress weeds, and promote earthworm activity in gardens and yards. It contains up to 20 percent compost, which will help feed the plants.

Leaf Mulch 

Leaf mulch is the result of letting loose leaves collected by the City of Raleigh’s Transportation Division decompose over time. The leaves turn from dark brown to black and have an earthy aroma and crumbly texture.

Leaf mulch is a soil conditioner. Instead of supplying the plants with nutrients like compost does, it improves the soil structure. It can be mixed into your garden soil to increase water retention, making it easily available for plants.

Wood Chips

Made from chipped or ground trees and branches, wood chips make an attractive and decorative border for paths, in planting beds, or around trees and shrubbery.

Organic Compost

Compost revitalizes soil and enhances the growth and health of plants, while promoting pest and disease resistance. It stores moisture and nutrients, reducing plant stress from drought or neglect.
Our compost is made from a mixture of leaves, grass clippings, shrubbery trimmings and other organic yard wastes. It is ground in the City's tub grinder and assembled in windrows where it is monitored and maintained. After it meets the “Process to Further Reduce Pathogens” (PFRP) requirements, it is processed thru a screen that separates the mulch and compost. The City of Raleigh’s compost has received the U.S. Composting Council's Seal of Testing Assurance and certified for organic use by OMRI. It is tested bi-monthly for assurance.
Colored Mulch

Our colored mulch is woody debris that has been ground or screened four times and has been through the compost process, which destroys weeds seeds and pathogens. Mulch will conserve soil moisture, suppress weeds and promote earthworm activity.
The colorant used to dye our mulch is manufactured using environmentally safe materials. They are specially formulated to be nontoxic to children, animals and plants. Also, a mold resistant additive is included with the dye. The mold resistant additive is formulated to decrease the ability for mold and fungus to grow on your mulch.

Here’s a chart that shows more information on our compost and mulch products.

Products Compost

Mulches (various types)

When to Use Them Primarily spring and fall, some summer, little in winter Primarily spring and fall, some summer, little in winter
Where Can I Get These Products

Professionals – from Raleigh Yard Waste Center

Residents – from resellers

Professionals – from Raleigh Yard Waste Center

Residents – from resellers

Why Should I Use These Products 


  • Improved soil conditions
  • Improved plant establishment
  • Water capture
  • Reduced erosion


  • Aesthetics
  • Reduced weed establishment
  • Reduced watering
  • Improved plant establishment
How Should I Use These Products     Incorporate 1-2 inches into soil to improve it, creating a landscape-grade soil. Apply 1/2 inch over poor turf after aerating. Use as ingredient in bioretention media. Use coarse compost as slope mulch and in filter socks. Top-dress two inches on soil around plants, apply to slopes to reduce erosion.


New Product Prices Effective July 1, 2020

1 to 11 CY (retail) $30 $24 $20 $30
12/15 CY, minimum (smaller trucks) $15 $12 $10 $15
16 to 99 CY (larger trucks) $10 $8 $7 $10
100 CY & over Account Holders Only Account Holders Only Account Holders Only Account Holders Only

Purchasing Center’s Products

At Center

The City sells its Organic Compost, mulch, and other products at the Center. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Center is operating under new hours. These new hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The Raleigh Yard Waste Center is at: 900 N. New Hope Road. Raleigh, NC 27610.

For more information or questions call 919-250-2728.

Center Accepts Yard Waste 

The Raleigh Yard Waste Center accepts yard waste from addresses inside Wake County.

Commercial Vehicles
$25 per ton with a minimum fee of $12.50

Non-commercial Vehicles
$25 per ton with a minimum fee of $6.25

The yard waste center does not accept building materials, dirt, rocks, stumps or trash. Wooden pallets, which are used to make wood chips, are accepted.

Did You Know?

As much as 30 percent of the waste you generate at home could be composted in your own backyard! This would save collection and transportation costs by City crews and reduce pollution.  In addition, this fantastic nutrient rich compost can be placed back into your garden to improve soil texture, improve the ability of soil to retain moisture, add nutrients to the soil, and moderate fluctuations in soil surface temperature.



Yard Waste Center
900 N. New Hope Road
Raleigh, NC 27610


Yard Waste Center

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Solid Waste Services
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