Five tips for handling fall yard trimmings and brush

Published on October 15, 2020

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With autumn temperatures moving into North Texas, it’s time for leaves to be raked and trees and shrubs to be trimmed. Here are a few reminders from the city’s Solid Waste Services Division about how to dispose of yard trimmings and brush.

1. Bag it Paper yard bags can be purchased at grocery stores, hardware and garden stores. These bags are for leaves, grass clippings and other small trimmings only. No other materials may be put in these bags or they will not be collected. Roll the bag top closed; don’t staple or tape it to close it. There is a 40-pound limit for yard waste bags. Hay bales and pumpkins can be placed at the curb in yard bags or yard carts. Hay bales cannot have any wire and must be tied up with twine or rope. Pumpkins should have no decorations, candles and lights.

2. Bundle it Use string or twine to bundle shrub and tree trimmings. Bundles should be no more than four feet long and weigh no more than 40 pounds. People, not machines, pick these up by hand. There is no limit on the number of tied bundles you can set out.

3. Stack it Individual tree and shrub limbs less than eight feet long and four inches in diameter can be stacked at the curb on your weekly pickup day. No plastic bags, garbage, bulk items, stumps or root balls are accepted in brush piles. Root balls and stumps (maximum 18-inch diameter) can be placed in the bulk items pile. To avoid collection charges, make sure piles do not exceed 10 cubic yards.

4. Drop it off Take brush to one of the city’s four drop-off stations. The city recycles organic materials to make mulch, which helps save watering costs and increases the beauty of turf, trees and landscape beds.

5. Compost it Learn more about backyard composting.