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City of Boulder Curbside Collection

City of Boulder Curbside Collection

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For areas that are completed or for those who don't wish to wait, you may put out up to three (3) 6'x3' bundles with your compost bin on your pick-up day, and your compost hauler will take them.

Oct. 26, 2020: Status provided by neighborhood:

  • Baseline South (South of Baseline, West of Broadway, North of Dartmouth, East of Chautauqua):  Completed
  • Broadway Southwest/ Table Mesa (South of Dartmouth, West of Broadway):  Collection not yet started.
  • East Boulder (South of Arapahoe, North of Baseline, East of 28th):  Collection has begun and is about 10% complete.
  • Goss Grove (South of Canyon, West of 28th, North of Baseline, East of Broadway): Collection has begun and is about 60% complete. City is aware of the many piles in this area. Please be patient.  Have all piles at the curb ASAP and avoid blocking them with parked cars.  Once collection complete, trucks will not return for more piles. 
  • Gunbarrel (City limits area East and West of Diagonal Highway):  Completed.  New piles placed curbside in this area will not be picked up.  Instead, bundle for your compost pick-up day.
  • Iris (South of Iris, West of 28th, North of Balsam/Edgewood/Valmont, East of Broadway):  Approximately 55% complete. City is aware of the many piles in Old North Boulder area.  Those identified piles will be accommodated, but any other new piles in this area will not be picked up.  Instead, bundle for compost pick-up day.
  • Keewaydin (South of Baseline, North & East of Highway 36):  Collection not yet started.
  • Mapleton Hill (South of Dellwood, West of Broadway, North of Canyon):  Completed
  • Martin Acres (South of Baseline, West of Highway 36, North and East of Broadway):  Collection has not yet started.
  • Northeast Boulder (South of Kalmia/Independence, North of Arapahoe, East of 28th):  Collection not yet started.
  • Northeast Broadway (West of 47th, North of Kalmia/Iris, East of Broadway):  Approximately 60% complete.  City is aware of the many piles that remain. Those identified piles will be accommodated, but any other new piles in this area will not be picked up.  Instead, bundle for compost pick-up day. This area will remain a focus for the week of Oct. 19.
  • Northwest Broadway (West of Broadway, North of Dellwood):  Majority of this area is complete. City has identified approximately 11 addresses to return to with piles that couldn't be picked up due to parked cars or other factors. Those identified piles will be accommodated, but any other new piles in this area will not be picked up.  Instead, bundle for compost pick-up day. 
  • University Hill (South of Canyon, West of Broadway, North of Baseline):  Completed
  • Whittier (South of Balsam/Edgewood/Valmont, West of 28th, North of Canyon, East of Broadway):  Completed
     

Oct. 19, 2020: Crews continued to work to make progress on the branch collection.

Oct. 13, 2020: The curbside collection is still in progress. This storm has had the worst impact on the city's trees since the 1990s in terms of debris, downed branches and overall damage. Because of this, the clean-up has taken longer than anticipated. To ensure branches are picked up and avoid further delay, residents should have branch piles placed near the curb and know that the crews will be there soon. We appreciate your patience.

Tips for a Smooth Pickup

  • Avoid parking near piles to ensure easy access for trucks. We recognize that parking spaces are impacted during this time and ask for patience. 
    • Don’t report debris piles as parking or Right of Way violations; they are permitted during the pickup.
  • For piles that haven't been picked-up yet, it’s helpful for neighbors to combine their piles into bigger piles because it means fewer stops for the truck.  
  • If you have a small pile or don't want to wait for the pick-up, consider cutting and bundling debris according to Western Disposal’s  guidelines  and put out on compost pick-up day. 
  • Please call the city (303-441-3200) only if you have general questions about storm debris collection that aren't answered on this webpage. Staff do not have information about the timing of pick-ups.
    • If you’re interested in identifying your location, leave a voicemail with your address and your information will be passed along. Calls to specify locations for pick-up will not be returned but please be assured your information has been collected. 
    • To receive a call back, detail your question in your message and specify that you’d like a return call. Staff will return calls with other questions/concerns. 
  • Please have your branches out and ready - we appreciate your patience. The damage from this storm is larger than anticipated and the collection is taking longer than planned. 

Tips to Prepare

  • Collect and place limbs and branches curbside, either against the curb or on the landscaping strip next to the street. 
  • Curbside pickup debris should not be placed in alleys or block travel in the street, bike paths, pedestrian lanes or sidewalks. Impacting parking is OK.
  • There are no requirements for sizing or bundling materials.

Tree PIck-Up Infographic

 

Due to the extraordinary amount of tree damage caused by the early snowstorm on Sept. 9 - 10, 2020, the City of Boulder is conducting a special curbside collection program for downed limbs starting Sept. 18. 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. Non-organic 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 continue to  work  on removing hazardous 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 own property. 

Learn about the collection on Inside Boulder News 

 

FAQ

The City of Boulder is providing a community-wide collection of tree branches damaged by an early Fall storm, which will begin Sept. 18. This work will occur from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, including weekends, until complete as weather permits. Additionally, city crews and contractors are removing hazardous 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 responsible for removing fallen branches and other debris from their property.   

Only tree branches and limbs will be collected. Please help the collection process move smoothly by placing yard waste such as grass clippings and leaves in your curbside compost collection container rather than out for citywide collection. All collected materials will be composted, so non-organic materials such as plastic bags and treated or painted lumber, and other household materials will not be picked up.  

For this citywide collection program, there are no restrictions on sizing or bundling of materials, so you do not need to prepare your materials for collection aside from piling and placing the material in the appropriate location. As a reminder, non-organic materials will not be collected. If you opt to use a bag to collect materials, please ensure it is a paper bag (plastic will not be picked up).  

The curbside collection program only applies to properties within the city limits. Tree limbs on streets with BLUE city street signs will be picked up. GREEN street signs are county streets and are not included in this city-only program. 

Please place your materials at the curbside, against the curb in the street (careful to not block travel) or on the landscaping strip next to the street. Please note, debris should not be placed in alleys. There are no requirements for sizing or bundling materials, aside from piling and placing tree debris in the appropriate location. Due to constraints such as alley width, overhead utilities and truck dimensions, alley pick-up is unavailable. 

Non-organic materials will not be collected. Crews will place a visible note detailing why they did not pick up your materials and providing a day on which they will return to pick-up organic materials that are not mixed with non-organic materials. Residents are responsible for recycling and properly disposing of materials other than tree branches. 

Many factors make it difficult to pinpoint exactly when a truck will be visiting a specific street address and therefore, we can't provide a specific date. This clean-up has taken longer than anticipated simply due to the amount of widespread damage. To ensure branches are picked up and avoid further delay, residents should have branch piles placed near the curb and know that the crews will be there soon. 

Staff asks the community to be patient and understand the many challenges with associated with this clean-up. Often times cars are blocking piles, streets are congested with traffic and piles might be mixed with nonorganic items that cannot be picked up, which causes delays. The best place to go for updates is this webpage.

For general questions about storm debris collection, call the city at 303-441-3200. 

  • If you’re interested in identifying your location, leave a voicemail with your address and your information will be passed along. Calls to specify locations for pick-up will not be returned but please be assured your information has been collected. 
  • To receive a call back, please detail your question in your message and specify that you’d like a return call. Please note that the staff do not have information about the timing of pick-ups. Due to staffing shortages, calls asking about timing may not be returned since there isn’t any further information to provide. Please have your branches out and ready. We appreciate your patience. 

The date your materials will be collected depends on where you live. You can refer to the zoned collection map, which is posted on this page. 

All materials collected during this process will be composted. Plastic bags are not compostable. Items such as lumber or old construction wood may have been treated with paint, glues, preservatives, stains or other chemicals that could contaminate the soil. Therefore, these items cannot be composted. 

The tree branches picked up by the city will be made into wood chips and then taken to A1 Organics to be composted. 

Yes, the city will be sweeping streets following the branch collection. Residents are encouraged to park off-street during this time to allow street sweepers to reach the curb line. 

This expense is being funded from General Fund reserves. The General Fund is the portion of the city budget used to pay for basic activities in areas such as public safety and human services that are not accounted for in another fund.  

The General Fund sets aside money for emergency or unanticipated priorities, such as helping the community recover from severe weather events. Though the city’s recommended 2021 budget was built conservatively in response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic challenges, General Fund reserves have been preserved to cover expenses related to emergency events, such as this one, that may occur in 2021. 

This contractor, Custom Tree Care, responded to a competitive solicitation process facilitated by the city earlier this year to prepare for these types of events by having approved, licensed contractors on-call. The focus of this work was to line-up partners to be ready to go for post-disaster emergencies immediately after the event occurs. 

For those that decline to participate in the city-wide 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. 

 

Resources

For more information about the City of Boulder’s Forestry Division, please visit  BoulderForestry.org .
For more information about the City of Boulder's Snow and Ice Removal program, please visit  BoulderColorado.gov/public-works/snow .

Contact

Please call 303-441-3200 if you have additional questions about storm debris collection.