Tree, Brush & Leaf Collection

Raking LeavesTREE AND BRUSH COLLECTION SCHEDULE

effective August 5, 2021

Curbside collection of brush is a municipal service provided to the City of Waterloo residents as a convenience for the maintenance of their property.  Monthly brush pickup is intended for a typical residential yard cleanup and is not intended for lot clearing or a means of disposing of entire trees.  

SPRING - BRUSH COLLECTION SCHEDULE

    APRIL - OCTOBER: 1st and 3rd Monday of the Month

Brush collection operations typically require one week to cycle through the City, depending on other priority work, weather conditions, volume of brush, available staff, or equipment breakdowns.  Special collections of brush or extended compost times may be made following significant storm events.

SPRING APRIL ONLY - LEAF PICKUP:  Curbside loose leaves must be placed in the curb line through the end of April or can be taken to the compost site. (May-Sept no curbside service, residents shall haul to the compost site.)

BRUSH April - October: All brush must be placed behind the curb within the street right-of-way by 6:00 a.m. on Monday of the scheduled collection week.  

*Note: If Monday is a holiday, place brush behind the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

** Brush service is not available November through May, unless a major storm occurs.   

CURBSIDE BRUSH COLLECTION REQUIREMENTS

  • Brush shall be placed in an orderly manner, uniformly stacked, behind the curb within the street right-of-way with all cut ends facing the street or parallel with the street facing the direction of traffic.
  • Public Works crews will pick up one brush pile per address per scheduled collection period.  
  • Limbs shall not exceed six inches in diameter or be greater than 10 feet in length.  Overall brush pile dimensions are not to exceed four feet by four feet by 10 feet (six cubic yards).
  • Brush piles that are not uniformly stacked or piles that are tangled will not be collected.
  • Please stack brush in a location where it is accessible to Public Works crews, does not impede vision of motorists, or block pedestrian walkways.  Please avoid stacking it close to fire hydrants and signposts.

THE FOLLOWING WILL NOT BE COLLECTED:

  • Cuttings done by private contractor: All tree, brush or shrubbery cuttings resulting from work performed by a private tree care or gardening/landscape contractor, shall be disposed of by said contractor and shall not be collected by the City.
  • Piles containing material other than brush.  Brush piles containing stumps, logs, tree roots or root balls, yard waste, trash, lumber, vines, raking's, wood refuse from any building, remodeling, roofing, construction or landscaping project, or any other debris.  
  • Brush mixed with leaves. Brush and leaves are collected by different equipment at different times.  It is inefficent for the crew to separate leaves from brush.  

FALL  - LOOSE LEAF PICKUP

OCTOBER - NOVEMBER: PLACED IN THE CURB LINE BY 7:00 A.M.

Starting the 1st full week in October through the 3rd Wednesday in November, the Public Works staff will begin picking up leaves that have been raked in the gutters.  Leaf collection operations typically require one week to cycle through the City, depending on other priority work, weather conditions, volume of leaves, available staff, or equipment breakdowns.  Leaf collection will cease by the 3rd Wednesday in November or before if snow prohibits crews from continuing collection.  

*Note: Leaf piles mixed with brush or foreign debris will not be picked up. 

** Note: The DPW may extend leaf pickup pending the weather and a notice will be published if needed.  

Holiday Trees will be picked up following Christmas through February

 

COLLECTED CHIPPED BRUSH IS AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS FOR PERSONAL USE

City residents may request delivery of chipped brush to use as mulch, ground cover, or for other landscaping needs.  Residents may pick this up on their own at the compost site or the City will deliver without charge chipped brush per the following guidelines:

  • Deliveries will be made at the convenience of the Department of Public Works staff.
  • The City will not re-collect material previously delivered. 
  • The resident agrees to take an entire truck load at a time, typically 13 cubic yards.

Resident requests for delivery should be made to the Public Work Department by calling (920-478-9797).  Include the resident's name, address, and phone number, as well as a description of any preferred delivery location.  

Compost Site - Located in Firemen's Park

  • NO BRUSH OR GARBAGE IS ALLOWED AT ANY TIME AT THE COMPOST SITE
  • Compostable yard waste may be deposited at the compost site. 
  • May - September: Grass clippings and garden debris shall be hauled by residents to the compost site.  

Other Curbside Pick-Up Services

April - November: SCRAP IRON and METAL (except automobile bodies) the DPW picks up curbside every other Monday.

About Items NOT Picked Up

  • AMMUNITION: Ammunition shall not be placed with garbage or rubbish for collection but shall be brought to the Waterloo Police Department or call 920.478.2343
  • WOOD: The Department of Public Works no longer picks up wood products of any type. They will only pick-up trees and/or bushes. Wood products will need to be broken or cut up and placed in garbage containers. (Items dropped off at the Public Works yard are no longer accepted).
  • E-WASTE: E-waste (TV's, computers and other electronic items) is collected by Badgerland Disposal. Please call Badgerland Disposal to set up a pickup time at 608-580-0580.