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Yard Waste

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No matter what time of year it is, the City’s yard waste collection crews pick up containerized yard waste once a week at each single family residence.

Containerized? What does that mean? It is yard waste that is in carts or bags and placed at the curb. Yard waste includes leaves, pine straw, pine cones, grass clippings and small prunings or branches. It does not include weed control cloth, garden hoses or other items related to yard work.

Systematic weekly collection of yard waste by the Environmental Services Department takes the guesswork out of having yard debris removed from your residence. It must be in City carts, personal cans or bags. It cannot be on tarps, bedsheets, oil drums, barrels or other non-approved containers. Collection trucks are rear loaders with two staff members who empty carts with the use of a lift or bags that must be opened and emptied into the truck. The City is not responsible for damage to personal cans.

All yard waste is taken to the landfill on Wilkes Road that is used specifically for this type of debris. It is mulched at the location and used in landscaping at public properties and is also for sale to the general public. What about placing loose yard waste at the curb? This is in violation of City Ordinance and can lead to a citation. The only time loose yard waste is acceptable at the curb is during the City’s prescribed loose leaf season, approximately mid-November through mid-March. Vacuum trucks operated by Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation collect loose leaves and pine straw only, operating on a published schedule of neighborhoods.

Please DO NOT put leaves and pine straw out more than two weeks prior to your scheduled collection dates. It is unsightly, can be hazardous to traffic and can clog storm drains, which might then result in flooding issues.

It is possible to pay for a collection of loose leaves and pine straw during the non-loose leaf collection period. Call 433-1547 to pay and schedule this. Vacuuming can only be done for “clean” piles of leaves and straw; no branches, pine cones or other items can be mixed in.

No need to wait for the vacuum truck that only comes once a year through neighborhoods. Containerize for weekly collection all year round.

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yard wasteWhat Is Yard Waste? 

Yard waste consists of grass, weeds, leaves, tree trimmings, plants, shrubbery, pruning, limbs and materials which are generated in the maintenance of yards and gardens. Please do not place animal waste in yard waste containers. Double bag animal waste and place in household trash cart. For timely and safe pickup, please follow these guidelines:

  • Yard waste shall be placed at the curbside for collection in an approved container or bags.
  • Approved containers for refuse collection shall have tight fitting lids, be equipped with strong handles and shall not exceed 32 gallons in size or 50 pounds when filled.
  • Yard waste shall be separated from all other refuse before collection.
  • Limbs should be no larger than three inches in diameter, no longer than three feet in length and placed in an approved container.

Because of changes to routing for the limb pick-up, you no longer need call 1FAY For special pickup of materials longer than three feet and/or larger than three inches in diameter, and/or heavier than 50 pounds. Pick-up for large yard waste is now done the same day as your containerized yard-waste pick-up.

The city offers additional 96-gallon roll-out carts for $53 each plus $11.50 for delivery.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • If garbage collection is MONDAY your yard waste collection is FRIDAY 
  • If garbage collection is TUESDAY your yard waste collection is THURSDAY  
  • If garbage collection is THURSDAY your yard waste collection is TUESDAY  
  • If garbage collection is FRIDAY your yard waste collection is MONDAY  

Information about the Bulky Item Pickup Ordinance

NOTE: Contractor-generated yard debris will not be collected.

A cubic yard is the volume of a box that is one yard long, one yard wide and one yard high. The revised ordinance allows the Environmental Services Department to charge a fee of $357 for each full load of yard waste debris (20 cubic yards or more). There is no fee for loads less than 20 cubic yards or 540 cubic feet respectively.

This is a pre-paid service. Residents should schedule a pickup through the Call Center at 433-1FAY (1329) or by visiting the Environmental Services Department at 455 Grove Street. We accept cash, checks and most major cards.