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You can buy mulch and compost from the City of Raleigh's Yard Waste Center at 900 N. New Hope Road in Raleigh. 

The Yard Waste Center also accepts yard waste from the public for a fee and accepts recycling


    The Yard Waste Center is open:

    • Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. till 3 p.m.
    • Saturday from 7 a.m. till 1 p.m. 

    Compost and Mulch Prices

    Product prices vary on the type of product and volume. Volume is determined by cubic yard (CY). Prices effective since July 1, 2021. 

    Product Volumes

    Organic Compost

    Organic Mulch

    Leaf Mulch

    Dyed Mulch

    Wood Chips 

    1 to 11 CY (retail) $30 $24 $20 $30 $10

    12 to 15 CY, minimum (smaller trucks)

    $15 $12 $10 $15 $10

    16 to 99 CY (larger trucks) 

    $10 $8 $7 $10 $7
    100 CY & over Account Holders Only Account Holders Only Account Holders Only Account Holders Only Account Holders Only

    Types of Products

    We offer three different kind of yard waste products. Learn about each type. 

    Organic Compost

    Raleigh Organic Compost is proudly OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) certified, meaning the compost is compliant with organic standards. Composting is the natural process of recycling organic matter, such as leaves, into a valuable fertilizer that enriches soil and plants. 

    Raleigh Organic Mulch

    Raleigh Organic Mulch is the woody debris from the ground yard trimmings. Any weeds seeds and pathogens have been destroyed since our mulch is screened after it has been heat treated during the compost process. It contains up to 20 percent compost, which will help feed the plants. Mulch will conserve soil moisture, suppress weeds and promote earthworm activity.

    Leaf Mulch 

    Our leaf mulch comes from the loose leaves collected by the City of Raleigh’s Transportation division which decomposes over time. Leaf mulch improves the soil structure and can be mixed into your garden soil to increase water retention making it easily available for plants.

    Wood Chips

    Made from chipped or ground trees and branches, wood chips make an attractive and decorative border for paths, in planting beds, or around trees and shrubbery.

    How to Use Mulch and Compost

    Find out when to use mulch vs. compost, best time of year to use these products and more. 

    Information Compost

    Mulches (various types)

    When to Use Them Primarily spring and fall, some summer, little in winter Primarily spring and fall, some summer, little in winter
    Where Can I Get These Products? 

    Professionals – from Raleigh Yard Waste Center

    Residents – from resellers

    Professionals – from Raleigh Yard Waste Center

    Residents – from resellers

    Why Should I Use These Products? 


    • Improved soil conditions
    • Improved plant establishment
    • Water capture
    • Reduced erosion


    • Aesthetics
    • Reduced weed establishment
    • Reduced watering
    • Improved plant establishment
    How Should I Use These Products?      Incorporate 1-2 inches into soil to improve it, creating a landscape-grade soil. Apply 1/2 inch over poor turf after aerating. Use as ingredient in bioretention media. Use coarse compost as slope mulch and in filter socks. Top-dress two inches on soil around plants, apply to slopes to reduce erosion.

    Yard Waste Drop Off Fees

    If you live in Wake County, you can drop off your yard waste like leaves at our center for a fee. 

    • Commercial Vehicles: $25 per ton with a minimum fee of $12.50
    • Non-commercial Vehicles: $25 per ton with a minimum fee of $6.25

    Non-Accepted Materials vs. Accepted Materials

    Non-Accepted Materials Accepted Materials
    Treated Wood  Grass Clippings
    Painted Wood Yard Waste
    Stained Wood Brush
    Dirt-Covered Stumps Leaves
    Concrete Pine Straw
    Asphalt  Untreated/Unpainted Pallets
    Construction Debris Shrubbery Trimmings
    Building Materials Limbs, Logs, and Stumps
    Garbage Hay
    Food Waste  

    Did You Know?

    As much as 30 percent of the waste you generate at home could be composted in your own backyard! This would save collection and transportation costs by City crews and reduce pollution.  In addition, this fantastic nutrient rich compost can be placed back into your garden to improve soil texture, improve the ability of soil to retain moisture, add nutrients to the soil, and moderate fluctuations in soil surface temperature.



    Yard Waste Center
    900 N. New Hope Road
    Raleigh, NC 27610


    Yard Waste Center

    Lead Department:
    Solid Waste Services
    Service Categories:
    Yard Waste