Yard Waste & Limb Collection

Yard Waste & Limb Collection

Yard waste consists of grass, weeds, leaves, tree trimmings, pruning, limbs and shrubbery no longer than 4 feet in length and 4 inches in diameter that result from homeowner maintenance of yards and gardens. A different collection crew will collect yard waste that is properly prepared and/or containerized in compliance with City regulations on the same day that your garbage and household trash are collected.

  • Your yard waste crew will collect limbs, no larger than 4 feet in length and 4 inches in diameter, that have been bundled and tied up with string or twine and weigh less than 50 lbs. For pickup of limbs and shrubbery that exceed 128 cubic feet (8 feet long by 4 feet wide by 4 feet in height), residents must call 252 467-4800, option 7 two business days prior to their scheduled collection day.

  • Tree and shrub trimmings resulting from work performed by a contractor(any one you pay to do the work) will not be collected. The contractor will be responsible for removal and disposal of this debris. The City will not pick up materials resulting from land clearing, landscaping or large improvement projects involving large or multiple tree removal.

  • Place all leaves, grass clippings, shrubbery and small limbs in a container (boxed, clear or transparent bags, yard waste carts purchased from the City or 32 gallon cans) for collection at the curb by 7:00 a.m.on your collection day. Containers should not weigh more than 50 lbs. Bags used for yard waste disposal should be left with top untied so that the driver can see that it is yard waste only. Yard waste will not be collected from wheelbarrows, drums, sheets, oversize bags or tarps.

  • Yard waste must be containerized or properly prepared and placed at curbside for collection on the resident's property, not in the street. Rollout containers designated for yard waste disposal may be purchased from the City. Service will be provided for a maximum of two City rollout containers designated for yard waste for each residence.

  • The City may need to designate where yard waste is to be placed by residents in order to provide safe and efficient service. Residences on corner lots will be collected from the street locations considered most serviceable for collection crews and equipment.

  • The City will not pick up yard waste from vacant lots or abandoned structures. The City will not pick up yard waste from commercial establishments or multifamily locations serviced by stationary containers (dumpsters).

For additional information please contact: Environmental Services Division

1221 Thorpe Road
P O Drawer 118
Rocky Mount, NC 27802-1180
Phone: 252 467-4800, option 7
Fax: 252 467-4965