Leaf Collection

The Town of Wake Forest's loose leaf collection program begins each year on the first Monday in October and continues through the second Friday in March. During this period, vacuum trucks pick up loose leaf piles weekly at every Wake Forest residence.

From mid-March through September, all leaves and grass clippings must be bagged for collection or placed inside a garbage receptacle marked 'YW.' There is a limit of 10 bags or containers, per week, per residence.

Leaf collection is scheduled weekly according to the town's yard waste collection schedule. However, the schedule is often affected by leaf volume and weather conditions.


Loose Leaf Collection Hotline
During loose leaf collection season, residents can track the progress of leaf collection crews by calling the Leaf Collection Hotline at 919-435-9582. The hotline is updated each weekday morning by 8 a.m. with information concerning the neighborhoods where crews will be working that day.
 

Pile of Leafs on the side of the road

Loose Leaf Preparation (October - Mid-March)
When preparing leaves for collection, residents are urged to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Wake Forest limits the amount of yard waste and leaves it collects weekly at each residence to four cubic yards (approximately one pickup truck load), so please plan your cleanup accordingly.

  • Place leaves behind the curb, not in the street or gutter, so they do not interfere with traffic or drainage  

  • Do not mix sticks, rocks, pine cones, limbs or other debris with loose leaves. Our vacuum equipment is only designed to pick up loose leaves, so your cooperation will help prevent equipment damage and mechanical breakdowns.


Bagged Leaves Preparation (Mid-March - September)
From mid-March through September, all leaves and grass clippings must be bagged for collection. When preparing bagged leaves for collection, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Trashbags full of leavesBags may be clear or opaque, but they must be at least 13-gallons in size - the size of a standard kitchen garbage liner.

  • Place bagged leaves and grass clippings behind the curb, not in the street or gutter, so they do not interfere with traffic or drainage  

  • Do not mix sticks, rocks, pine cones, limbs or other debris with loose leaves/grass clippings. 

  • There is a limit of 10 bags or containers, per week, per residence.

  • Do not put yard waste, including leaves and grass clippings, inside rollout garbage or recycling carts


Collection Schedule
Crews adhere to the normal yard waste collection schedule by starting and completing a specific day's route before proceeding to the next day's route. When set out on the curb for collection, leaves must be free of limbs, trash, and debris. By doing this, the normally scheduled day for loose leaf collection may not occur until crews have the opportunity to resume to a normal schedule.


Yard Waste
Yard waste, such as limbs and brush, should be placed behind the curb in a pile separate from leaves. Again, please avoid creating mounds in the street. Town crews will collect these materials on your normal collection day. 


Yard Waste Specifications

  • Limbs and brush larger than one inch but smaller than six inches in diameter must be no longer than six feet.

  • Limbs and logs larger than six inches in diameter must not exceed two feet.

  • Logs must not exceed 10 inches in diameter.

The Town of Wake Forest limits the weekly amount of yard waste and leaves it collects at each household to four cubic yards (approximately one pickup truck load), so please plan your cleanup accordingly. The Town does not collect stumps or clearing debris from lots and will not pick up debris placed at the curb by private contractors.

For more information about leaf collection and the town’s yard waste collection schedule, contact Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570.