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Reminder: Place Leaves in Bags for Collection

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
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The Town of Hillsborough is reminding citizens that leaves should be placed in bags for collection.

During the months of February-October, leaves must be placed in biodegradable bags for collection. Bagged leaf collection is on garbage collection days. Households are limited to collection of 10 bags per week. Leaves must:

  • Be placed in biodegradable bags.
  • Be free of trash and other debris.
  • Be placed within 4 feet of the curb.
  • Not interfere with traffic or water drainage, block sidewalks or fire hydrants or cover water meters.

Leaves also can be mulched or composted. Loose leaves are only collected with a vacuum truck November-January.

Brush collection

Brush, including twigs and branches, should not be mixed with leaves. Brush is collected on regular garbage collection days for the majority of Hillsborough streets. Requirements are:

  • Brush must be free of trash and separated from leaves.
  • Brush must not exceed 6 feet in length and must be no larger than 6 inches in diameter.
  • Brush must be placed within 4 feet of the curb, 3 feet away from obstructions and not below trees or power lines.
  • Limbs must be stacked in one pile, with all limbs lying in the same direction.
  • Small amounts of brush must be placed in biodegradable paper bags or tied into bundles weighing less than 30 pounds, using jute or sisal twine (no plastic or cotton). Residents with a few sticks should allow a bagful or several armfuls to accumulate before placing at the curb.

The following streets receive brush collection on Wednesday instead of the same day as their garbage collection day: East Margaret Lane and Caine, North and South Cameron, East Corbin, Huddle, East King, Mitchell, East Orange, East Queen, Thomas Ruffin, East Tryon, and East Union streets.

Related documents


Document Fact Sheet: Managing Fallen Leaves  

Document Curbside Collections Calendar