Yard Waste

Yard waste is collected once a week on the same day as your garbage collection. Yard waste is defined as grass, weeds, leaves, tree trimming, plants, and shrubbery pruning. The following are requirements for yard waste collection:

Tree limbs and brush must be piled at the curb and must be free of other debris.
Tree limbs must be four feet in length and six inches or less in diameter. Thorny type trimmings must be placed in a separate pile. Yard waste shall not include trees, tree limbs, or brush that has been cut by commercial tree trimmers and/or commercial lawn care services. Tree and shrub trimmings cut by contractors are the responsibility of the contractors and are not picked up by the solid waste collection. Loose yard waste such as grass clippings, leaves, pinecones, straw, shrub clippings and vines must be put in clear bags and placed by the curbside.

Although the City collects grass clippings, we encourage homeowners to compost or leave grass on yards for fertilization.
Please do not mix non-organic items (roofing tiles, scrap lumber, rocks, etc) with your yard waste.
Yard waste will not be picked up from vacant lots or abandoned structures.

Leaf season usually begins in late October and ends in February. During these months leaves are collected by the Parks and Recreation Department.  For any questions you may contact Angie Sustar at (704) 282-4651. During other months, the solid waste service provider is responsible for leaf collection. In order for your leaves to be collected, please follow the requirements listed below:

During the fall and winter months, rake your leaves to the edge of the street in neat piles for collection.
During the remaining months, leaves shall be bagged in clear plastic bags and placed at the curbside. Opaque bags may be used, but they must be left open.
Place your leaves by the curbside no later than 7:00 a.m.

Other Options for Disposing of Leaves:
One of the easiest and quickest ways to dispose of leaves is to compost them. By running a mulching mower over the leaves, the leaves will compost directly into the lawn. Another way to compost them is by raking them into a compost pile. When spring arrives, the leaves will have decomposed and will be great soil additive for gardening.