Fall – the time of year when fantasies may start tickling your mind, inspired by the beauty of autumn foliage and anticipation of seasonal holidays.
As the crisp leaves twirl through the air and give the whole neighborhood a golden glow, you may imagine yourself happily raking mounds of autumn leaves while cheerful children roll and tumble around the yard under the stunning blue of a warm October sky. It seems to always start this way.
On the other hand, you may be vividly recalling that cold, damp night you struggled to get the last wads of slimy, wet, brown leaves out to the curb in time for your neighborhood leaf pick up. It seems to always end this way.
Either way, tradition seems to demand that we clear those leaves from our lawns and Truliant – dedicated to helping its member-owners in every way possible - has put together the following list of leaf pickup schedules or websites for the communities we serve. Our branch locations can be found here.
Some communities have leaf vacuuming equipment and others require leaves to be bagged. The following is a list of general guidelines:
- Rake leaves to the edge of your yard. Keep them behind the curb, not in the street or on the sidewalk.
- Be sure the pile contains ONLY leaves. Rocks, sticks, tarps and trash can damage the equipment and in some neighborhoods will cause your pile to be left behind.
- Do not park on or near the leaves – the leaf removal equipment is useless if the leaves are not accessible.
- Some communities require leaves to be bagged in specific types of plastic or paper and have further requirements regarding whether the bags must be left open or be closed.
The Greater Charlotte Mecklenburg Region
- BALLANTYNE/CHARLOTTE, NC
- CHARLOTTE, NC: Leaves must be placed in untied plastic or paper bags for collection or placed in uncovered trash cans. Do not put any other trash in the same container.
- CORNELIUS, NC: Leaf vacuuming begins November 1.
- HARRISBURG, NC: The Town of Harrisburg offers weekly collection of leaves, grass and yard waste. The same streets can only be collected once per week. At peak times, such as during autumn leaf collection, pick-up schedules may vary due to increased workload.
- HUNTERSVILLE, NC: Residents are allowed five bags of yard debris during regular months and up to 10 bags during heavy leaf season (November 1 - January 15). Bags must be clear or transparent and no larger than 25 gallon. From January 15 through October 31st, Advanced Disposal will collect up to five bags. Residents may also use opaque bags as long as they are left open. Plastic bags are not allowed in the yard waste roll-out.
- Other Charlotte Area locations: MATTHEWS, NC; MCADENVILLE, NC; MINT HILL, NC; PARK ROAD CORRIDOR/CHARLOTTE, NC; RIVERGATE/CHARLOTTE, NC; SOUTH BOULEVARD/CHARLOTTE, NC
- SHELBY, NC
- ASHEBORO, NC Leaves are collected by the City's Street Division. Leaves should be raked to the street and kept separate from yard waste and trash containers. There is no charge for the collection of leaves by the vacuum truck, with some exceptions. Bagged leaves will not be picked up.
- BURLINGTON, NC and ELON, NC
- CLEMMONS, NC
- GREENSBORO, NC: In Greensboro, loose leaf collection is conducted from November to January. According to the City’s Field Operations Department, leaves at the curb by November 9 will be picked up by December 23. Leaves at the curb by Dec. 28 will be picked up by January 22, 2016. There are two scheduled pickups in each area of the city. The Greensboro link also offers an interactive map and a video.
- HIGH POINT, NC: Leaf collection in High Point typically begins in mid-November. Because the city cannot predict which day of the week collection will occur on a particular street, leaves should be at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday. The city will also take leaves in either clear plastic or paper bags, in which case they will be collected on your regular solid waste collection day
- KERNERSVILLE, NC: www.toknc.com or call Public Services department at (336) 996-6916 for latest information about collection schedule.
- MEBANE, NC
- WINSTON-SALEM, NC: In Winston-Salem, leaf pickup begins November 2 and the website will help you get an estimated pick up day for your neighborhood.
One more note: the tradition of raking leaves is just that – a tradition. Turns out that mowing those leaves into your lawn is a good way to feed the soil and improve your turf. Also, the scientists say that the fallen leaves won’t smother your shade-tolerant perennials. If this idea interests you, check it out here