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regular brush collection over until 2023

Drop-off sites are available to accept brush.

Regular curbside brush pickup will resume in the spring of 2023.

Yard Waste vs. Brush

Please separate yard waste & leaves from brush. We will not collect mixed piles.

What is Brush?

Brush includes:

  • Woody material trimmed from trees, shrubs or bushes.
  • Tree and shrub trimmings over 18" in length

What is Yard Waste?

Yard waste is a separate collection. Yard waste includes:

  • Leaves, weeds, garden trimmings, and other plant debris.
  • Twigs less than 18" long.
  • Pumpkins, crab apples, pine cones, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions About the New Schedule:

Why are all of the scheduled set-out dates Sundays?

Crews will be circling through the neighborhoods during the work week following the Sunday listed.

You must get your brush out by or on the date listed because crews start early on the Monday following the scheduled set-out date. If you wait until later in the week, you are likely to miss your collection chance. Crews will not return for piles set out late.

I set my brush out on the Sunday it said on the schedule. Today is Tuesday and my brush hasn't been picked up. Have I been missed?

Your neighborhood shares its set out date with other parts of Madison. Crews were likely working in one of the other areas and have yet to get to your home.

If you set out brush on the Sunday listed as the set-out date, the next step is just wait for pickup.

It takes time for crews to circle through all of the neighborhoods that share the assigned set-out date. The brush should be picked up sometime during the normal work week, or possibly even Saturday.


How to Prepare Brush for Pickup


  • Brush must be at least 18 inches long and shorter than 8 feet
  • Brush must not be thicker than 8 inches in diameter


Placement Guidelines

  • Pile brush on the terrace at the street edge away from trees, parked cars, fire hydrants, utility poles, mail boxes and other obstructions.
  • Do not put brush in the street or on the sidewalk.
  • Do not put brush in bags, boxes, or any other container. You may bundle small amounts of brush with string or twine, NOT wire. Bundles may not be more than 4 feet in length and may not weigh more than 40 pounds.
  • Stack brush with the cut ends facing the same direction. Remove all roots, stumps, and dirt.
  • Piles of brush and yard waste mixed together will not be collected. Yard waste is a separate collection with different processing. Keep brush separated from yard waste when out for collection. Brush collection crews cannot feed yard waste safely into the wood chippers.

Large Brush Piles

Brush piles that will take longer than 10 minutes to collect will be assigned to a truck-mounted crane. The crane vehicle, or clam, will typically arrive within three business days of the chipper crew.


Stump collection

The truck-mounted crane vehicle will also collect stumps. As much dirt as possible must be removed from the stump.

Contractor Brush

Brush cut by contractors will NOT be collected. Please make arrangements with the contractor for material disposal.

Drop-Off Sites

Residents can also bring brush to a drop-off site.