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Yard Waste vs. Brush

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

What is Brush?

Brush is woody material you have cut (or have fallen) from trees, shrubs or bushes.

Use the size and placement restrictions explained below to ensure your brush will be picked up while collection is ongoing.


What is Yard Waste?

Yard waste is a separate collection.

"Yard waste" is the plant material you rake or pull from your lawn or garden. 

For more details, visit the yard waste website.


Frequently Asked Questions:

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.


I have a really big pile of brush out and the crews drove right by it.  What is going on?

Piles of brush that will take the crews pulling wood chippers longer than 15 minutes to collect are re-assigned to a truck-mounted crane.  The crane truck will take an extra day or two to get to your brush pile.


How to Prepare Brush for Pickup

Brush is woody material you have cut (or have fallen) from trees, shrubs or bushes.


  • 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.