Residential Yard Debris Collection Guidelines
Yard debris must be placed in the right-of-way, free from obstructions such as mailboxes, signs, or limbs, at the beginning of the scheduled collection week. Once a Town collection trucks pass through an area, they will not return until the next cycle.
Place leaves and grass in one pile. Do not bag leaves or grass.
Brush and limbs not greater than six (6) inches in diameter must be in a separate pile.
Do not mix any other trash or materials with your yard debris. The Town will not collect yard debris in bags or mixed piles.
Yard debris must be placed on the right-of-way in front of your residence, not an adjacent lot.
Debris pickup is not provided for landscaping companies or tree services.
The Town will not collect yard debris generated by lot clearing, demolition or new construction.
Yard Debris Collection Schedule
Notice: Please note there have been changes in yard debris service.
Due to residential growth, beginning June 1, 2019, the Town will remove yard debris based on the following schedule:
Yard Debris Zone 1
Middleton Street to the West end (including beachfront areas) – Collected the FIRST & SECOND full weeks of the months of January, March, May, July, September & November.
Yard Debris Zone 2
From NE/SE 40th Street to NE/SE 1st Street (including beachfront areas) – Collected the THIRD & FOURTH full weeks of the months of January, March, May, July, September & November.
Yard Debris Zone 3
From NE/SE 79th Street to NE/SE 41st Street (including beachfront areas) – Collected the FIRST & SECOND full weeks of the months of February, April, June, August, October & December.
Yard Debris Zone 4
From NE/SE Crowell Street to Yaupon Way and all mainland areas within Town limits (including beachfront areas) – Collected the THIRD & FOURTH full weeks of the months of February, April, June, August, October & December.
This service is not for disposal of Brown or White goods or any other bulk household trash items – this service is for yard debris only.
From the Code of Ordinances
(a) Residential leaf and yard debris service shall be limited to the amount of tree limbs, cuttings, shrubbery, and the like that a typical resident shall produce in normal yard work. Debris must be placed in the right-of-way in front of that resident’s property and shall be out of the paved roadway, cannot obstruct stormwater assets or ditches, must be placed away from sewer clean outs, water meters, electrical lines and in accordance with other instructions that shall be published by the town, for collection by the town. The debris shall not be placed in any other area without written permissions from the other property owner affected and shall be submitted to the public works director. Debris pickup is not a service provided to a landscaping firm, a private tree company or to individuals, who are compensated to trim trees, modify landscaping, or perform major yard work, and those that perform this type work will be solely responsible for removal and disposal of all materials.
The town will not collect yard debris that is generated in conjunction with new construction, remodeling, demolition, or the clearing of trees and brush from properties in preparation for future development of those properties. It is not the intent of the city to collect large portions of trees, entire trees, lot-clearing debris, or multi-family and commercial leaf and yard debris. This material shall not be dumped, thrown, or allowed to remain on any lot or space within the city limits. (b) Penalty for violation.
(1) Items found in violation of this section will be tagged as such and written notification shall be given to the property owner, resident, or tenant stating violation and corrective action to be taken. If the violation is not corrected, the city will take action to remedy the violation. The property owner, resident, or tenant may be fined as described below and will be charged the actual costs of cleanup and disposal.
(2) Any person in violation of this section shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than $500.00 as permitted by G.S. 14-4 and shall also be subject to appropriate equitable remedies including but not being limited to injunctive relief. The department of development services may stay enforcement of the civil penalty if the offender takes corrective actions within ten days of receipt of notice of violation. Appeals of decisions of the department of development services concerning enforcement of this section may be made to the board of adjustments within ten days of the decision. Appeals to the board of adjustments shall be made in accordance with section 18-334 of this Code.