Garbage, Recycling, and Yard Waste Preparation


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Garbage and Recycling Prep Yard Waste Prep Fines and Penalties

We need your help to make sure curbside collection goes smoothly. Please review the sections below for information on which items can be collected and when. 

Garbage and Recycling Prep

Follow the steps below to make sure to put the right item in the right cart at the right time.

Step   Description 
1. Prep it
  • Bag garbage before placing it in the cart to keep cart clean, lessen odors and reduce litter problems. For recyclables, keep it loose and bag-free (no plastic bags in the cart). View non-accepted items for garbage and recycling carts
2. Use the right cart 
  • Use only City-issued carts; no other carts will be emptied for garbage.
  • Carts placed at townhomes, condos, apartments, rooming houses, etc., must be labeled with the street address, unit number or letter.
  • Note: Purchased containers without the City's proof of purchase sticker will be removed from your property.
3. Place your cart curbside (the right way) on your collection day
  • Place garbage and recycling carts a few inches from the curb or edge of the street, not in the street.
  • Keep carts at least three feet from other objects (i.e. vehicles, mail boxes, fences, power lines).
  • Position carts so that cart handle faces your house (see arrows on the lid). This will ensure the lid opens properly and is not damaged when emptied.
  • Place cart at the curbside no earlier than noon the day before your collection day and no later than 6 a.m. on collection day.
4. Move your car if needed 
  •  You should not park on the street on collection day. Parking on the street may prevent us from servicing your cart.
5. Remove your cart after collection day
  • Remove carts from the curb by 7 p.m. the day after collection.
  • Carts should be stored where they cannot be seen from the street.

Can residents get assistance with their cart?

Qualified individuals that have the garbage cart serviced by the Need Assistance Garbage Crew will also have the recycling cart serviced by the Need Assistance Recycling Crew. To be eligible for assistance your doctor must submit the Solid Waste Services Need Assistance Form and there must be no one else living in the household able to roll the cart to the curb. Call 919-996-6884 for complete information.

Unaccepted Items for Garbage and Recycling Carts

Not all items can go into your City garbage and recycling carts. View non-accepted items for garbage and recycling carts

Yard Waste Prep

Leaves and sticks

Yard waste can be placed curbside for collection (see specific instructions below). 

To set out yard waste, use any of these options:

  1. Container with lifting handles, such as a plastic or metal garbage can, no larger than 35 gallons, and weighing no more than 75 pounds when full.
  2. Biodegradable paper bags.
  3. Clear plastic bags.
  4. Bundles of sticks tied with rope or twine. 

Please note: black plastic bags containing yard waste will not be collected. Biodegradable paper bags and clear plastic bags are sold at many local hardware, home improvement, and discount stores.

To set out yard waste, follow these instructions:

 Step   Description 
Prep 
  • Limbs and brush must be securely tied into bundles of no more than five feet in length, 18 inches in diameter, and weighing no more than 75 pounds.
  • Limit the number of clear plastic or biodegradable bags set out for collection to 20.
Placement  
  • Yard waste cannot be placed on the curb until noon on the day before your assigned collection day. This includes yard waste produced from weekend work.
  • Improperly prepared yard waste that was not collected and yard waste containers must be removed from the curb by 7 p.m. on the day after your collection.
Items Never Accepted
  • Logs and limbs more than six inches in diameter or over five feet in length, stumps, rocks and dirt will not be collected.
  • Yard waste produced from contracted jobs or land clearing will not be collected.

Residents living within the Raleigh city limits may also take yard waste to the City's Yard Waste Recycling Center for recycling. The Center is located at 900 N. New Hope Road. There is a cost for this service.  The Yard Waste Center is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Fines and Penalties

Part 7 of the Raleigh City Code governs the placement of garbage or recycling containers and yard waste for collection have been established to protect the appearance of neighborhoods and keep the streets free of obstacles for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Garbage or recycling containers or yard waste placed too early or still on the curb after 7 p.m. on the day after your assigned collection day may incur a $50 citation for violation of the Solid Waste Code.

Violations of any provision contained within Part 7 of the Raleigh City Code may result in the following enforcement actions:

Violation   Fine/Penalty Amount 
Garbage/Yard Waste First Violation  Initial Warning Letter
Garbage/Yard Waste Second Violation   $100 Administrative Fee 
Garbage/Yard Waste Third Violation in a 12-Month Period   $100 Administrative Fee
$250 Civil Penalty for each 24 hour period the violation exists
Recycling Waste Violation* $150 Administrative Fee per violation
$250 Civil Penalty per violation

*The placement of items banned from landfills as noted in North Carolina General Statute 130A-309.10(e) in garbage or recycling carts is subject to the enforcement actions in the above table. 

Appeal Citation
To appeal a citation, contact Solid Waste Services at 919-996-3245.

Ways to Reduce Your Amount of Garbage

Do you find you consistently have too much garbage to fit in the garbage cart? Here are some options:

Contact

 

Customer Call Center
919-996-3245

Lead Department:
Solid Waste Services
Service Categories:
GarbageYard Waste

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