Yard Waste  

Carrboro provides yard waste collection, twice per month, to single family dwellings and duplexes year-round

Holiday Tree and Wreath Collection

Natural holiday trees and wreaths will be collected on residents’ regular yard waste collection day. Trees and wreaths should be placed curbside with other yard waste.  Please remove all decorations from the tree or wreath including tinsel, wire, and any nails from the stand.   

String Lights

Working string lights can be donated to local thrift stores or brought to Orange County’s Salvage Sheds.  Non-working sting lights can be recycled at the electronics trailers at Orange County’s Waste & Recycling Centers.

Yard waste (branches, grass, leaves, shrubbery, trimmings, and weeds) may be either placed in 95-gallon water-tight roll-out container or raked in a pile curbside for collection. No plastic or paper bags are allowed. 

Large/Oversized Piles: will have a fee assessed to the collection. Please call Public Works for more information.

Please help our community improve travel safety for all, especially cyclists and pedestrians, by putting out your yard waste close to your collection day, and not placing leaves in the street or blocking sidewalks, bike lanes, or storm drains. 

Yard Waste Infographic


Acceptable Items

  • Grass
  • Leaves
  • Plants
  • Pruning
  • Shrubbery
  • Tree trimmings
  • Weeds

Unacceptable Items

  • Concrete
  • Dirt
  • Rock
  • Sod

Report A Solid Waste Issue

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    Please leave your container curbside and Public Works will be back to collect your waste.

    If you have submitted this form after 3 pm, your container will be collected on the following day.

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  5. Please make sure your cart is visible and easily accessible.  Public Works will repair your cart within the next 48 hours.    

  6. If your cart is deemed unrepairable and must be replaced; would you prefer to keep your old cart or have Public Works remove it?*
  7. Please provide a valid address

  8. Provide nearby intersection or GPS Coordinates if possible.  

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FREE Leaf Compost

FREE leaf compost is available to Carrboro residents. For more information, please visit our Free Leaf Compost web page.