Parks Dept Rules & Regs for Wood Debris

What can I put out for chipping?

  • You can put out firewood or organic (i.e. green or untreated)
    woody debris from trees and shrubs, including living, dead, cut, or
    fallen branches, twigs, logs, stumps, roots, and anything ½ inch or
    over in diameter.

How do I bundle the debris?

  • All wood debris must be free of nails, cement, or any other non-
    wood materials.
  • Debris must be bundled in bales no larger than 3 by 4 feet. Bundles must be tied with twine or rope.
  • There is a maximum of 30 bundles permitted per appointment.
  • Do not use nylon line, tape, or other binding material to bundle
    woody debris.
  • No single piece of debris can be greater than 4 feet long or 10
    inches wide.
  • Bundle all trees and wood with twine

What can’t I put out ?

  • Treated or painted lumber, which includes wood furniture, wood pallets, and building lumber, as well as mulch, chips, and leaves will continue to be serviced by the Department of Sanitation.
  • This service is NOT for Christmas tree disposal.
  • In addition, any organic woody debris that is generated from commercial activity is not eligible for the program. Wood debris generated from hired tree contractors or fee-for service personnel is considered commercial waste, and it is therefore the responsibility of the contractor to arrange for appropriate private disposal.
  • Lumber, wood furniture, and pallets do not require special pick up; i.e., they’ll be picked up by regular sanitation collection.

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