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Keeping Leaves Out of Storm Drains

Help keep our local waterways clean

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Yard Waste

Yard waste in streets and storm drains:

  • Is dangerous for cyclists and motorists;
  • Ruins creeks and lakes – Yard waste decays in the water using up oxygen and releasing pollutants that can kill plants and other organisms;
  • Can cause flooding; and,
  • Leads to more stormwater maintenance costs. We spend thousands of dollars a year to flush out clogged storm drains. 

Landscaping Tips

Here's how you can help:

  • Leave grass clippings on the lawn (they’re good fertilizer)
  • Mow away from the pavement
  • Sweep or blow clippings back onto the lawn
  • Make compost! Mix grass clippings with leaves and soil
  • Keep leaves off the street


There are a few options when collecting leaves and grass clippings:

Year-round - Do yard waste curbside pickup with the City of Raleigh.

Seasonal - Take part in loose leaf collection from November to February. This is for residential properties only. Commercial properties should bring their leaves and grass clippings to the Yard Waste Center



Zachary Poole
Illicit Discharge Coordinator 

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