Brush & Yard Waste Information

Brush CollectionPublic Works 17

Brush (sticks and branches) is collected curbside mid-April through mid-November. During these months, collections are scheduled for brush that is generated by city residents who are receiving city-sponsored automated refuse / recycle cart curbside collections. 

Set brush curbside by 7 a.m. on the 1st day of the collection week. To ensure your brush is collected, place materials curbside appropriately. Brush may not get collected if placed out incorrectly. Review the Brush Do's and Do Not's photos. Call the Public Works Department at 608-837-3050 with further questions. 

Brush Guidelines

  • Brush must be stacked neatly at the curb, piled no more than 4 feet high, with cut ends facing the curb.
  • Leave branches in long segments, as long as 1 person can handle. Do not cut into small segments.
  • Brush should not be piled in a manner that affects motorist visibility, and should also be kept away from trees, signs, parked cars, mailboxes, fire hydrants, and utility poles.
  • Do not put brush in bags, boxes, or trash containers - we will not pick it up. Keep brush in back of curb.
  • Materials greater than 8 inches in diameter must be cut into manageable pieces, and kept separate from brush. Logs and branches 4 inches or more in diameter must be trimmed of all small branches. Materials less than 1 inch in diameter must be tied together in 4 foot bundles, not exceeding 50 pounds.
  • We will not collect brush that is cut or trimmed by contractors. Contractors hired by property owners are responsible for removing the material. Collections are for brush and tree trimmings from a typical residential clean-up, not entire tree removals.
  • Do not mix yard waste in with your brush pile, neither will be collected. Brush less than 1/4 inch in diameter is considered yard waste.
  • Keep brush free of wire, tape, or inorganic materials. The use of string or twine is acceptable.

Yard Waste Information

Yard waste is categorized as leafy vegetation that composts in a short period of time. Leaves, grass, garden waste, shrub trimmings, and twigs (thinner than a pencil) are yard waste. Collections are scheduled in advance to attempt to meet the needs of residents and is collected curbside twice in the spring and twice in the fall.

Materials must be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday of the designated collection week and they will be picked up sometime during that week or the next (depending on weather, equipment/crew availability, and amount of materials out to be collected throughout the city).

Yard waste can also be disposed of at the Recycle Center.

Yard Waste Guidelines

  • Materials placed at the curb for collection on the scheduled weeks must be placed into open trash bags, garbage cans (no lids) or storage containers (no lids).
  • If you would like your bags back after collection-leave an empty container out for crews to put the bags back in.
  • Please do not mix brush or garbage with the materials.

2019 Brush Collection Weeks

  • Monday, April 1
  • Monday, May 6
  • Monday, June 3
  • Monday, July 8
  • Monday, August 5
  • Monday, September 9
  • Monday, October 7
  • Monday, November 4

2019 Yard Waste Collection Weeks

  • Monday, April 15
  • Tuesday, May 28
  • Monday November 4
  • Monday, November 18

Possible Delays

Once a neighborhood has been collected, the crews will not return to that area until the next scheduled collection. Due to varying conditions, specific collection days of the week cannot be projected for each neighborhood.

Materials are not collected in one day. Collections will be conducted in the most expedient method possible, but inclement weather and mechanical problems may create delays. The collections will take place during the same weeks for the entire city. 

Collections are generally completed within one week, if you have not been picked up within that time, please call Public Works to inform them of the missed collection. Items will only be considered missed and rescheduled if they were set out by the first day of collection.