Brush and Yard Waste Collection

The City of Lowell runs a brush route each week for leaves, grass, and tree limbs. The brush route will run on Wednesday and Thursday of each week (depending on where your neighborhood falls in the route rotation.)


Weekly Yard Waste Collection Schedule:

1. Prepare your yard waste and place it on the curb by 6:30am on your pickup day. 

2. The City will collect your yard waste between 6:30am and 3:30pm, unless unforeseeable circumstances occur. 

3. The day for yard waste collection will be Wednesday thru Friday of every week, depending on where your neighborhood falls in the route rotation.

Yard Waste:

Yard waste is classified as leaves, grass, shrub clippings, garden residue, sticks, branches and limbs from around your yard. Yard waste should not be co-mingled with household trash. Yard waste will be collected by a different crew. North Carolina law requires yard waste to be collected separate from garbage. Write "Yard Waste" on any non-city issued container. Please do not place yard waste on the curb before Wednesday of each week.  

All loose leaves, grass, and shrub clippings should be bagged or placed in a contained not exceeding 32 gallons in size. The only exception will be between October 15th and February 15th while the vacuum truck is in operation. During this time period, you may stack your leaves, grass, and shrub clippings in a neat row no more than 3 feet from the edge of the roadway. Please try to keep all sticks and rocks out of the yard waste to be vacuumed. 

Tree Limbs:

Tree limbs shall be no longer than 6 feet in length and 4 inches in diameter. All protruding limbs should be trimmed and must be stacked in a neat and orderly manner at the edge of the road. Mangled piles of tree limbs will not be collected. Please stack limbs neatly with all butt ends pointing toward the street. 

The City will not collect tree and shrubbery trimmings resulting from work performed by landscaping or tree service contractors or other commercial workmen, or resulting from land clearing work. 

Approved Yard Waste Containers:

1. Plastic bags with ties strong enough to support contents not to exceed 50 pounds. 

2. Containers made of metal or plastic with strong handles not exceeding 32 gallons or fixed to exceed 50 pounds when loaded. 


The City of Lowell will not pick up large tree trunks or large stumps. 

If a contractor does any yard or tree work, the City of Lowell will not pick anything up. The contractor/homeowner will be responsible for hauling it away. 

Due to holidays, unforeseeable circumstances or inclement weather, this schedule could be altered if crews are behind in schedule.