Leaf Season & Yard Waste

Leaf Season

Recognizing leaf season produces an excess amount of yard waste, the Public Works Department will be running additional yard waste pickups in November, December and January. Check the schedule below for dates to put excess leaves at the curb:

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So we can serve you better during leaf season, please follow these guidelines:

  • Please place limbs, branches, yard waste securely in your bin for pickup each Monday.
  • On the special dates listed on the calendar, place only leaves at the curb. All other grass clippings, branches and yard waste should be put in the yard waste bin. Public Works crews will come by and pick up your leaves during these weeks.
  • Have your cart and leaves at the curb by 7 a.m.
  • Please remember, you can also put leaves in your yard waste bin each week.
  • For any large limb/debris pickup, please contact Public Works at 919-365-4822 ext. 315 to schedule one of the two yearly limb pickups available to every resident who has more than will fit in their yard waste can.

During this time our crews will be working every available hour to collect the leaves throughout our Town. Please assist us with maintaining this service by keeping piles limited to leaves only as detailed below in the question section. Our goal is to provide a premier service that also aligns with the Town’s stormwater initiative which strives to keep our streets, storm sewers and waterways clean and clear. We appreciate your partnering with us!

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I put my leaves out at the curb?
Leaves should be placed at the curb by 7 am on the following Mondays: November 2 & 9, December 7 & 14, January 4 &11.

What can I put at the curb on those dates?
Only leaves should be put at the curb. All other grass clippings, branches and yard waste should be put in the yard waste bin.

Will yard waste bins still be picked up?
Yes! Yard waste bins will be picked up each Monday, as usual. Bins should be filled first with branches, grass clippings and leaves, then any excess leaves can be put at the curb on the dates listed above.

 Is it ok to place leaves near the storm drains?
No, keep your piles as far from our storm drains as possible. Oftentimes rain and wind can cause leaves to enter the drains if they are too close and may cause flooding if the pipes become clogged. Keep piles away from the drains please.

What happens if I park near my leaf pile?
Public Works can only get as close as is safe when collecting the leaves. If piles are near vehicles, utility poles or mailboxes we will only be able to collect what is safe to vacuum up. 3 feet away from vehicles, utilities and mailboxes is a good rule. Please do not cover fire hydrants, cable boxes or other items with your leaf piles.

 

Yard Waste

Starting July 6, 2020, Waste Industries (a GFL Company), through their contract with the Town of Wendell, began picking up yard waste each week in cans. Yard waste are collected at the same day as trash pickup, on Mondays.

This service is being added to the existing trash and recycling service provided to residents for no extra cost and provides an opportunity for Public Works to free up resources and staff. This allows the Town to focus efforts in other areas of improvement for the community.  Using cans for yard waste also helps maintain a cleaner community by keeping items off the street and out of our stormwater system.

Recognizing residents will have more yard waste in the fall due to falling leaves, additional yard waste pickups will occur during this time. In addition, each household can request a special pickup from Public Works for extenuating circumstances no more than 2 times per year. Residents that still have an excess amount can bring their yard waste several sites, listed under Frequently Asked Questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is service changing?
This service is being added to the existing trash and recycling service provided to residents for no extra cost and provides an opportunity for Public Works to free up resources and staff. This allows the Town to focus efforts in other areas of improvement for the community.  Using cans for yard waste also helps maintain a cleaner community by keeping items off the street and out of our stormwater system.

When will I receive my new yard waste can?
Cans were distributed the week of June 22. 

When can I start using my can?
Waste Industries began yard waste can pickup July 6. 

How often will my yard waste can be picked up?
Yard waste cans are collected at the same day as trash pickup, on Mondays.  Your yard waste can should be at the curb with your trash can by 7 a.m. Please be sure the lid is closed, or you can cannot be picked up.

What is accepted in the yard waste can?
Grass clippings, leaves, small limbs and branches. No trash, dirt or rocks please!

What happens if I keep putting yard waste at the curb outside of the can?
Yard waste will no longer be picked up weekly outside of the yard waste can supplied by Waste Industries. Residents who do will receive a warning note from Code Enforcement. Repeat violations may result in a citation. 

Is there a separate truck that picks up my yard waste can? 
The recycling trucks are the same trucks that pickup yard waste on Monday mornings. The trucks pick up recycling first before making the yard waste pickup route. 

What happens if I have more yard waste than what fits in the can?
We recommend planning your yard work accordingly to space out what gets picked up each week.  Make sure the lid can close, or you can will not be picked up. Each household can request a special pickup from Public Works for extenuating circumstances no more than 2 times per year. Please call 919-365-4822 to schedule a special pickup. If you have any additional concerns, just give us a call – we will work with you!

If you still have an excess amount, you can bring your yard waste to following locations. Please call for hours of operation and information on fees:

Buffaloe Wood Recycling Facility
5525 Wake Academy Drive, Raleigh
919-772-4166

Carolina Tree Debris
1417 Old Watkins Road, Raleigh
919-261-0590

Currin Brothers Landfill
4525 Sunset Lake Road, Holly Springs
919-362-1549

Rowland Landfill
3000 Gresham Lake Road, Raleigh
919-876-1877

Wall Recycling
520 Pristine Water Drive, Apex
919-582-7777

What about leaf season and hurricane season? 
Public works will schedule additional pickups by zone during leaf season and in the event of a significant weather event. During a significant weather event, the decision will be made between town administrative staff to have public works crews come out to pick up storm debris. 

What if I don't want my yard waste can?
Some residents may already have yard maintenance covered by their HOA or a landscaping company. Call GFL Waste Industries at (919) 534-3701 to have your can picked up if you don't need it. For houses that have alleyways, please put your yard waste cans streetside after scheduling a time with GFL Waste Industries for pickup. 

Who do I call to request a large pickup?
Residents who would like to call in a large pickup (up to 2 times per year, per household) can call 919-365-4822 to request a special pickup from Wendell Public Works. Excess yard waste must be no more than 12’ long, 3’ tall and no more than 3’ deep.

Who do I call to report a missed yard waste can pickup?
Please call Waste Industries at 919-534-3701 for missed pickups.

How are cans replaced if they break?
If your can needs to be replaced due to damage, contact Waste Industries at 919-534-3701.

Can I report a missed pickup online? 
The Town is working with GFL (Waste Industries) to explore options for online reporting and service requests. You can call GFL (Waste Industries) at (919) 534-3701 for missed pickups. 

Can I request additional cans?
No additional cans for trash, recycling or yard waste are available at this time.