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Citywide Curbside Collection of Downed Tree Limbs to Begin Sept. 18

The City of Boulder announced last week that it would conduct a special curbside collection program for downed limbs and branches resulting from the recent snowstorm.

The city contracted Custom Tree Care to perform this work, and collection will begin Sept. 18 and run for approximately three weeks, weather permitting.

The city has been divided into two zones, North and South, to facilitate the work, with specific collection start dates for each. Each zone's tree debris pick-up will initiate on the northern boundary and progress each day toward the southern edge. This work will occur from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, including weekends, until complete.

  • Starting Sept. 18: North Zone – North of Canyon Boulevard, including houses on the north side of Canyon Boulevard, to the north city limits, including residential streets with blue signs in Gunbarrel.
  • Starting Sept. 25: South Zone – South of Canyon Boulevard, including houses on the south side of Canyon Boulevard.

To prepare, community members should collect and place limbs and branches curbside, either against the curb or on the landscaping strip next to the street. Debris designated for pick-up should not be placed in streets or alleys. Due to constraints such as alley width, utilities and truck dimensions, alley pick-up is unavailable. There are no requirements for sizing or bundling materials, aside from piling and placing tree debris in the appropriate location.

Bike and pedestrian lanes and paths must be kept clear, and traffic flow should not be impeded. Because the city will sweep streets following the branch collection, community members are advised to park off-street during the week their area is scheduled for collection to allow street sweepers to reach the curb line.

During the program, crews will collect tree debris only. Other yard waste such as grass clippings or leaves should be placed in curbside compost collection containers. Nonorganic materials, including plastic bags, treated or painted lumber, or other household materials will NOT be picked up because all organic material collected during this collection program will be composted.

City crews are currently removing hanging branches, tree limbs and other debris from public lands, roadways and other areas that may pose a public safety hazard. Residents and property owners are reminded that it is their responsibility to remove fallen branches and other debris from their property. 

For those that decline to participate in the citywide pick-up, other options to dispose of branches from private property include:

  • Place branches that fit inside existing curbside compost collection bins. Branches may also be bundled: bundled branches must be no more than 6 feet long, 3 inches in diameter and cannot weigh more than 35 pounds. All materials placed outside of the cart must be in compostable bags and/or branches must be bundled to avoid extra charges. Consult your trash service provider for specific instructions. This debris will be collected as part of the city’s curbside compost collection program on the regularly scheduled collection day for that property.
  • Take tree branches to Western Disposal, located at 5880 Butte Mill Rd.
  • Contact a licensed arborist to pick up or chip branches.

For more information about the tree debris collection, including a pick-up map and answers to frequently asked questions, visit

Media Contacts:
Jeff Haley, Parks and Recreation Planning, Design and Community Engagement Manager, 720-648-0197 
Denise White, Media Relations, 303-413-7258

Published Sept. 14, 2020