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Yard Waste Changes Start on July 5

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Raleigh Solid Waste Services Department (SWS) delivered over 104,000 new lime-green yard waste carts to City residents. Starting July 5, the new City Council-approved yard waste schedule and guidelines go into effect. 

Yard waste will be collected bi-weekly, alternating weeks with recycling pickup. Example: Tuesday is my collection day. One Tuesday is garbage and recycling day; the next Tuesday is garbage and yard waste day. This is to limit the number of carts at the curb to no more than two at a time. Less clutter at the curb means increased collection efficiency for our crews and more space for yard waste.

Customers can use the city-issued yard waste cart, plus bundles (up to 5, tied with natural twine), and biodegradable bags (max 15).

Changes take effect July 5, 2022:

  • 2022-2023 Collection Calendars detailing address-specific schedules were mailed to homes the first week of June 2022. Calendars are also available for download: enter an address in the Find Your Services by Address search box.  
  • Customer-owned carts/containers will no longer be serviced. Each service address is issued a single 95-gallon cart. Customers with volume exceeding cart capacity can place yard waste in up to 15 large paper yard waste bags and up to 5 bundles Paper bags are available at most hardware stores. Bundles must be tied using natural jute twine.
  • Only yard waste goes in the bright green cart! Household waste and recyclable material should not be mixed with yard waste. Yard waste carts containing mixed or contaminated loads will not be collected and could result in service delays.

Information about yard waste changes and proper methods to prepare waste can be found on by following the links below. Additional questions about the new yard waste enhancements or collection services can be addressed by contacting or calling 919-996-3245.

Lead Department:
Solid Waste Services