City of
Madison

Collection Schedule

Guaranteed brush collection has ended for 2020. Do not set brush out for pickup.

The final brush collection round began the week of September 21, 2020 and concluded on October 8, 2020.

All Madison residents had their final pickup sometime between September 21 and October 8 this year.

Residents should use the drop-off sites for brush disposal at this time..

When is my brush pickup?

There will be a new system for brush collection. You will be able to learn exactly when to set out brush for pickup, like how yard waste was collected last fall.

Set out dates for the 2021 collection will be available in March 2021 and collection will resume in April 2021. 

 

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.

How to Prepare Brush for Pickup

Place cut ends facing the same direction.

SIZE RESTRICTIONS

  • 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 yard waste to a drop-off site.