Yard Waste Center

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Yard Waste Center Products Purchasing Center’s Products Center Accepts Yard Waste  Did You Know?

The City’s Yard Waste Center will resume normal operations on May 19, which includes lifting the temporary waiver of disposal fees and providing services to local contractors. Residents and contractors may continue to use the center, located at 900 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh, to drop off yard waste.

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.

Mulch will conserve soil moisture, suppress weeds and promote earthworm activity. 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.

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

Product Volumes Organic Compost Organic Mulch Leaf Mulch Dyed Mulch
1 to 11 CY (retail) $30 $24 $20 $30

12 to 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 from 7 a.m. till 3 p.m. Monday to Friday.

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

Lead Department:
Solid Waste Services
Service Categories:
Yard Waste