The City provides curbside collection of yard waste on a seasonal schedule. Pickup is every week in early spring beginning in mid-April and late fall beginning late October. In between spring and fall, yard waste is picked up bi-weekly. There is no service in winter, except for Christmas tree collection the third week of January.
Rules and Limitations
By law, yard waste must be separated from trash. Never sweep yard waste into the street. It can slow street sweeping equipment and clog critical storm drain inlets.
To receive collection service, place yard waste at the street-edge of your property, without blocking sidewalks or access to your recycling cart, by 7 AM of your collection day. Acceptable methods of placement are:
- Bags (biodegradable paper only; plastic bags will not be picked up)
- Barrels (City yard waste stickers, available at Department of Public Works, 475 Valley Street, and Drop Off Facility, must be attached; barrels may not exceed 33 gallons in volume)
- Bundles (no more than 3 feet long and 2 feet in diameter; ties should be biodegradable, not metal or plastic)
Please keep in mind the following limitations:
- Size Limit -- No individual branch or stump greater than 3 inches in diameter or 3 feet in length will be collected. (This restriction does not apply to Christmas trees during the January collection period.)
- Weight Limit -- No individual bag, barrel or bundle exceeding 75 pounds will be serviced.
Christmas trees are collected curbside the 3rd week of January only. (January 18-22, 2021) Ornamentation must be removed. Artificial trees are not taken.
The Drop Off Facility accepts natural Christmas trees from residential permit-holders for free, year-round.
The City's transfer station accepts yard waste throughout the year. Restrictions apply. Yard waste fees are waived for residential customers from December through March.
Learn how you can use yard waste and certain food scraps to compost at home and produce a rich soil amendment for your garden.
Did you know?
Over 15,000 cubic yards of yard waste are collected each year and composted at local farms. Diversion of this material preserves existing landfill space and reduces the amount of methane gas produced during decomposition.