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Yard Waste Collection
Yard Waste Includes
Yard waste consists of excess leaves, grass, tree and shrubbery trimmings and other organic material removed in general maintenance of property by the homeowner. Yard waste does not consist of construction debris, demolition debris, dirt, brick, block, sod, mud, pavement or any other material that could be defined as household waste or non-compost material.

Prepare Yard Waste
In order for yard waste to be collected it must be prepared as follows:
  • Clear plastic bags can be tied and any other style bag that is not clear must be left open. Bags over 50 pounds will be left on the curbside.
  • Loose piles consisting of leaves, grass (of any kind) or organic matter will not be serviced.
  • During heavy leaf generating months (November 1 – January 15) Republic Services will make every effort to collect bagged leaves up to a maximum of 20 bags.
  • Manageable piles of limbs or brush will be collected. This doesn't include Pampas Grass type material; this material must be bagged for retrieval. Tree limbs will be collected only if they meet the following specifications:
    • No larger than 5 inches in diameter.
    • No longer than 5 feet in length.
    • Stacked in piles that do not exceed 4 feet high x 5 feet long x 4 feet wide.

Placement Guidelines
  • Do not place yard debris on the sidewalk.
  • Yard waste should only be placed on the curb of the house that generated the yard waste.


Yard waste that does not meet the above criteria will be tagged as non-compliant and will not be picked up. If the resident makes the pile conform, it will be collected on the next regularly scheduled pick-up day. However, you may not leave your yard waste at the curb until the next pick-up date.

Leaf Collection
Beginning November 1, the Town of Cornelius will provide street-side leaf collection services.  The service will run through January 15.  Please do not put limbs or trash in the leaf piles.  Leaves need to be bagged before and after this time by following the Prepare Yard Waste section.

Private Service Contractors for Leaf Collection 
Company Phone Email
AllGreen 704-394-8971
Blue Horizon Environmental Services 704-363-3955
L&M Landscaping 704-662-8057
Landscaping 500 704-996-6540
Ruppert Landscaping  704-962-3331  
University Turf Management 704-450-6363  
*These are area private contractors who have stated to Town Staff that they provide leaf removal services at the curbside for a fee.  Please contact them for further details and arrangements should you decide to pursue a private contractor.  The Town does not  warrant or guarantee any of their work and does not endorse any contractor over other providers .  If other private contractors would like to be placed on this list, please contact the Town at 704-892-6031.

Leaf Drop Off Locations
Company Phone Address
North Mecklenburg Recycle Center 704-947-8761 12300 N. Statesville Road, Huntersville, NC 
Compost Central--Mecklenburg County 704- 588-9070 5631 West Blvd, Charlotte, NC 
Soil Supply  704-875-3774 10219 Hagers Rd,  Huntersville, NC 

Leaf Composting
Information and Benefits on Leaf Composting