Brush and Leaf Pickup

Brush Pickup

The Department of Public Works will pick up brush (small tree branches) at curbside, the first full week of April through the first full week of October, on the first Monday of the month. Brush must be placed on the tree border by 7:00 am on Monday. Should a holiday fall on a Monday, brush pickup will move to Tuesday. 

Please remember the following rules apply:

  • Tree limbs shall be 8 inches in diameter or less and a maximum of 10 feet in length.
  • Twigs and branches less than 1 inch in diameter should be kept with grass clippings Brush shall be free of dirt, roots, and not have any metal or nails.
  • The department of public works allots approximately 15 minutes of work by a 2 person crew for brush removal at each residence. If the estimated amount of work needed to remove debris from the terrace exceeds 15 minutes the resident or property owner will be notified by the director of public works of their options to remove the remaining brush, containers, leaves, or grass. 

Brush, grass, leaves, and other garden material can also be taken to the Landscape Recycling Center on N3642 River Road, which is open seasonally from April to October, see sidebar for more information. 

Leaf Pickup 

Weather permitting, leaves will be picked up the second full week of October through the third full week of November. Place leaves on the curb, not bagged, no later than 7:00 am on the Monday of your scheduled week of pick up. Do not put leaves around posts, guide wires, etc. Do not park cars by leaf piles. Schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions.

Click here to see the leaf pickup schedule.

Click here to see the Landscape Recycle Center - Resource 

Ordinance Information

Sec. 82-36. Brush, leaves, and grass.

(a) Brush limbs shall be piled with all cut ends facing in 1 direction. Tree limbs shall be 8 inches in diameter or less and a maximum of 10 feet in length. Tree branch clumps shall be cut narrow enough to go through an 18-inch chipper chute. Twigs and branches less than one inch in diameter, and grass clippings must be taken to the recycling center, unless a city wide yard clean up is being held as described in subsection (d). Brush shall be free of dirt, roots, and not have any metal or nails.

(b) Leaves will only be picked up in the fall of the year, or as described in (d), and shall otherwise be taken to the recycling center. Leaves are to be kept free of stones, garden waste, sticks and garbage.

(c) Brush, bags or leaves shall be placed in the terrace area between the curb and the sidewalk away from telephone poles, guide wires and trees and shall not be left in the street or vehicle right of way. If the terrace area does not allow enough room between the curb and the sidewalk, then brush, bags or leaves shall be placed on the other side of the sidewalk out of the way of pedestrian traffic.

(d) A citywide yard cleanup to pick up grass clippings, leaves and garden waste may be held in the spring and fall of each year at the discretion of the director of public works. Yard waste shall be placed in biodegradable bags or containers of 30 gallons or less, not to exceed 50 pounds per container. Bags or containers placed in the terrace area between the curb and the sidewalk by 7 a.m. on the scheduled cleanup day will be picked up. no plastic bags will be picked up.

(e) The department of public works allots approximately 15 minutes of work by a two-person crew for brush removal at each residence. If the estimated amount of work needed to remove debris from the terrace exceeds 15 minutes the resident or property owner will be notified by the director of public works of their options to remove the remaining brush, containers, leaves, or grass. 

(Code 1978, § 11.08(6); Ord. No. 611-06, § 1, 5-16-06)

If you have any questions please call the Department of Public Works at (920) 623-5908.