Tree branches, shrubs or hedge-type bushes, without the root system and between 2 - 5 inches in diameter, can be cut into 4-foot lengths and tied securely into bundles. Bundles must weigh less than 40 pounds and be no more than 15 inches in diameter. Brush and Branches are only collected along with yard waste from April 1 through the third week of December. When in season, please place at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your regular refuse day to be taken with the trash. Woody material less than 2 inches in diameter needs to be contained in yard waste bags and cans- see yard waste).
Brush can not protrude from yard waste cans and workers cannot reach in to dislodge contents. Logs/limbs/branches larger than 5 inches in diameter, the trunk or root system are not picked up and must be disposed of privately.
Brush Chipping Service
The City's recommended contractor is JH Hart Urban Forestry. You can contact them directly at 586) 795-5581 or residents can hire a private contractor.
Effective October 1, 2017 the charge is $55 for each 15 minutes of chipping. Residents must pay the contractor directly via cash, check or credit card. They will take a credit card payment via the phone. Residents will be invoiced for all work over 15 minutes, in additional 15 minute increments. Remember that you pay for the time spent at your stop; time spent to sort through materials to access brush to be chipped costs the same as actual chipping time.
Branches up to 6 inches in diameter, 4 foot or longer, neatly stacked at curb and shrubs without a root-ball will also be chipped.