Monday, November 24, 2014

December meeting

Mark your calendar for the December General meeting on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 7pm.

Residents Encouraged to Properly Dispose of Leaves and Other Yard Waste Debris

Residents Encouraged to Properly Dispose of Leaves and Other Yard Waste Debris

Improperly Disposed Leaves Can Clog Stormwater Drains and Contaminate Waterways

​DURHAM, N.C. –  As leaves stop falling and residents perform their final yard maintenance before the spring, the City of Durham is reminding residents to properly dispose of leaves, grass clippings, and other yard waste debris.

When residents and business owners blow leaves into the street, the leaves can clog the City’s storm drains and ultimately cause flooding. Leaves also pollute the community’s waterways by adding too many nutrients to the water.

Residents and business owners are encouraged to follow these tips for proper disposal:
•    Enroll in the City’s yard waste program and place leaves and other yard debris in the brown yard waste cart for curbside collection.
•    Dispose of leaves at the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center at 2115 E. Club Blvd., Durham.
•    Mulch leaves in the yard with a lawn mower.
•    Rake leaves and put them in a home compost pile.
•    Hire a landscape maintenance firm that properly disposes of yard waste.
•    Leaf burning is prohibited within Durham city limits.

Leaves may be brought to the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center in biodegradable paper bags, garbage bags, or in trailers covered by a tarp. If residents bring leaves in plastic bags, the leaves must be emptied onto the ground in the appropriate yard waste area and the bags must be properly disposed of by the customer.

For more information about enrolling in the City’s yard waste program, visit the City’s website at or contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200.

To report dumping of yard waste into the City’s drainage system, call (919) 560-7946 or e-mail

For more information about the City’s Stormwater Service Division and why it's important to keep leaves, grass, and litter out of the City’s storm drains, visit,, or call (919) 560-4326.

About the Solid Waste Management Department
The City of Durham's Solid Waste Management Department promotes and supports a high quality of life for the residents of Durham by providing comprehensive, responsive, environmentally-safe, efficient and cost-effective solid waste collection, recycling and disposal programs. Department services include roll-out cart collection, cart delivery and repair service, cardboard collection, yard waste collection, waste reduction and recycling, bulky item pick-up, and disposal services. For more information, visit the City's website at

About the Stormwater Services Division with the Public Works Department
The Stormwater Services Division with the City’s Public Works Department is responsible for enforcing all existing stormwater ordinances and regulations. Activities include storm drainage design and plan review; inspecting and maintaining City-owned drainage systems; education and outreach; stream monitoring; and watershed master planning and restoration. For more about this division, visit the City’s website at

Bring your trash cans in. No pick-up this week.

The City of Durham  Solid Waste Management Department  has suspended trash and recycling collections on Thursday, January 18. Road and weat...