Brush Pick Up Guidelines

Brush Pick Up Guidelines

BRUSH PICK UP POLICY

 The Department of Public Works is responsible for periodic pick up and disposal of materials known as “yard brush” from homeowners’ private residences. The scope of this POLICY is to clarify materials covered, physical make up of the materials, and procedure to insure reasonable pick up of the piles of yard brush to be removed.  

These guidelines are for RESIDENTIAL yard brush pick up and not intended to apply to commercial locations. Removal of brush materials from commercial locations is the responsibility of the commercial occupant. 

ACCEPTABLE MATERIALS - Materials to be removed include leaves, grass trimmings, small brush and tree limbs.

Tree limbs are not to exceed 2” in diameter, eight feet in length, basically light enough for one person to reasonably lift.  

All materials must be of a composition which can be disposed of in an approved landfill and limited to yard-type material only. Construction materials or non-brush materials will not be picked up. 

BRUSH PILES

Brush piles are to be located at the street in front of the property owner’s property but behind the painted lane-edge stripe. The piles must not exceed 8 feet in length, 4 feet in width, and 4 feet in height. For safety reasons, please do not encroach on the roadway traffic lanes. With our limited equipment we will pick up one pile at a time, with additional pickups during the next routine pickup. Under no condition should brush be placed on town-owned property, parks or common areas.

STORM CLEAN UP

In the event of a severe storm, necessitating the closing of schools for instance, the Town may waive the normal brush pick up policy to handle the emergency.  However, certain procedures need to be followed regarding trees and large limbs which may fall from the owner’s yard into the roadway.  We ask homeowners to place manageable limbs and brush along the roadway in front of their property, and they will be picked up. Remnants of the Electric Power Board's tree and limb removal to protect power lines will be picked up. The Town will NOT remove the main trunks and foliage of fallen trees on residential properties or the portion of the fallen tree that impacts the town's roadway. It is the obligation of the homeowner to have these items, along with all the trimmings, removed by a licensed contractor.

COMMERCIAL MAINTAINENCE CONTRACTORS

Town ordinance specifically excludes from this POLICY yard brush generated by commercial, for-profit contractors, who are responsible for yard brush removal as a normal part of their service.  The town definition of such companies includes, but not necessarily limited to, companies with clearly marked transportation and yard equipment, and “for profit” companies requiring a town operating license.  THE EXCEPTION IS REMOVAL OF LEAVES AND GRASS CLIPPINGS. The town WILL pick up leaves and grass cuttings generated by commercial for-profit contractors.  Commercial contractors are to be responsible for removal of all other materials.

A SUCCESSFUL BRUSH PICK UP PROGRAM REQUIRES CONSIDERABLE TIME AND MANPOWER. THE TOWN RECOGNIZES THAT OUR COMMUNITY DESIRES WELL MAINTAINED, ATTRACTIVE AND SAFE ROADWAYS, PARKS, AND PUBLIC AREAS. PLEASE HELP YOUR PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ACHIEVE THIS GOAL. 

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