Yard Waste Center

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Yard Waste Center Products Center Accepts Yard Waste  Did You Know?

The City of Raleigh's Yard Waste Center serves as a recycling center for yard waste collected by City crews as part of the Solid Waste Services' curbside collection program. 

In addition to yard waste collected by curbside collection, the Yard Waste Center also accepts yard waste from the public for a fee. 

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


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

Non-Accepted and Accepted Materials
Non-Accepted Materials Accepted Materials
Treated Wood  Grass Clippings
Painted Wood Yard Waste
Stained Wood Brush
Dirt-Covered Stumps Leaves
Concrete Pine Straw
Asphalt  Untreated/Unpainted Pallets
Construction Debris Shrubbery Trimmings
Building Materials Limbs, Logs, and Stumps
Garbage Hay
Food Waste  


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