The Town of Wake Forest is again asking residents to be patient as crews work to collect large amounts of leaves and other yard waste along local streets and in neighborhoods throughout our community.
Town crews are running behind schedule due to our area’s record-breaking rainfall, an early snow and ongoing equipment breakdowns caused by sticks, rocks and other debris mixed in with loose leaves.
Crews are working overtime and staff from other divisions are assisting in the collection effort. In the meantime, residents have the option of bagging their leaves for collection on their regular yard waste collection day.
Residents who choose not to bag their leaves are reminded to follow these tips when preparing leaves for collection:
Rake leaves into piles behind the curb, so they do not interfere with traffic or drainage.
Do not mix sticks, rocks, pine cones, limbs or other debris with loose leaves. The Town’s vacuum equipment is only designed to pick up loose leaves. Your cooperation will help prevent mechanical breakdowns and collection delays.
Place limbs and brush behind the curb in a pile separate from leaves. Limbs and brush larger than one inch but smaller than six inches in diameter must be no longer than six feet. Limbs and logs larger than six inches in diameter must not exceed two feet in length. Logs must not exceed 10 inches in diameter.
Keep brush away from other objects such as, fences, walls, water meters, utility poles, mailboxes, fire hydrants and cars.
Keep debris free of animal waste. Animal waste should be bagged and placed in rollout garbage carts.
In addition, officials are reminding local homeowners associations that contracted work performed by tree service companies or independent contractors will not be collected by Town crews. Instead, it is the responsibility of the contractor to remove and properly dispose of debris.
Wake Forest residents can track the progress of leaf collection crews by calling the Leaf Collection Hotline at 919-435-9582. The hotline is updated each weekday morning by 8 a.m. with information concerning where crews will be working that day.
Residents can also receive waste collection updates and reminders and download collection schedules by signing up for “Waste Wizard” at www.wakeforestnc.gov/waste-wizard.aspx.