The village of Montgomery's public works department will provide bulk brush collection during the week of Oct. 5.
To help ensure that the crews can continue to efficiently provide this service to Montgomery residents, the following rules have been established:
Brush must be stacked neatly in the parkway by Sunday evening prior to the scheduled pick-up week. Crews will begin Monday morning and will make only one pass through each neighborhood. Brush that is blocked by parked cars or placed after village crews have passed will not be collected.
Brush should be neatly piled in one direction, unbundled (not tied), with the larger trunk portions or cut ends facing the street. Brush piles should not be taller than three feet high and should not obstruct the sidewalk.
For safety reasons, branches must be no smaller than 1 inch—but no larger than 4 inches—in diameter and no shorter than 3 feet in length. Public works crews will not pick up piles that include bushes with roots and dirt attached, grape or other vines, lumber, plywood or construction materials (including but not limited to metal objects, concrete/stone chunks, etc.).
Piles that are not neatly stacked or contain any of these items will not be picked up. Twigs, leaves and smaller yard debris need to be placed in yard waste bags for removal by the village’s regular garbage hauling service. Bulk brush pickup is not intended to handle branches, logs or tree stumps as a result of large-scale tree trimming or removal. This service is provided to residential properties only. Public works crews will not remove brush from commercial, industrial or other non-residential properties.
Brush must be placed on the parkway in front of the property from which it originates (Village of Montgomery Code, Section 9-45). Brush piled in the right of way behind your address, or brush not originating from the address where the pile is placed, will not be collected. Brush may be placed in the parkway for removal up to one week before the scheduled pick-up date.
If your brush pile is not picked up, a tag will be left behind explaining the reason it wasn’t collected. You will then be required to adjust the pile to meet the requirements of the weekly collection by the refuse company.
The above rules apply only to the spring and fall bulk brush collection events.
Weekly brush collection is offered by the village’s trash hauler, DC Recycling, on your regular trash day and has different rules. For weekly brush collection by DC Recycling, bundles of brush/branches must be tied with juke twine, should not exceed 2’ wide by 2’ high and cannot exceed 4’ in length or 50 pounds. Residents can put out an unlimited number of yard waste bags and properly bundled brush each week for no additional charge from April 1 to Nov. 30.
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