Leaves, Rakes & Leaf Blowers…Oh My!

Welcome to fall in the South! If you are not from around here, you may notice that we are late into November and many of our trees are still holding tight to their colorful leaves.  That means you will be raking and raking and raking well into December.

If you are a resident of Charlotte, the city will pick up yard waste curbside once a week.  To find out what day the City of Charlotte will be in your neighborhood, you will need to contact them directly.  Yard waste should be at the curb by 6:30 a.m. on collection day and within 6 feet of the curb.   Be sure not to block sidewalks and do not place your yard waste near obstacles such as mailboxes, phone poles and vehicles.  Also, do not place your yard waste at the curb any sooner than the day before collection.  A minimum citation of $50 will be charged to your property if you violate this policy.

Leaves should be bagged in untied plastic bags or placed in uncovered trash cans.  Brush should be no longer than 5 feet in length and four inches in diameter.  It should also be separated into piles that are small enough for one person to handle.

Finally, grass clippings should be disposed of in untied plastic bags or uncovered containers less than 32 gallons. Containers or plastic bags should not weigh more than 75 pounds each and clippings may be mixed in with other yard waste such as leaves and trimmings.

For more information about yard waste collection, feel free to visit the City of Charlotte’s website at www.charmeck.org .

Happy yard clean up!

pile of leaves