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Wood Debris/Damaged Trees

Wood Debris

Parks will pick up wood debris from street trees. We will also pick up private wood debris in Brooklyn and Queens. Call 311 to schedule an appointment for wood debris pickup.

Street Tree Wood Debris

Parks will clean up all or part of a curbside tree that is damaged as a result of weather related activity or other causes. If a fallen branch or tree is blocking pedestrian or traffic right–of–way, call 311.

Private Wood Debris (Brooklyn and Queens only)

Parks picks up personal woody debris in these areas because of the Asian longhorned beetle. The Asian longhorned beetle is an invasive pest that destroys trees. Currently, the only effective means to control the beetle is to remove infested trees and destroy them by chipping the wood. The beetle has been discovered in parts of Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. As a result, quarantine has been established regulating the movement of any tree wood in these boroughs. On May 14, 2013, the quarantine in Manhattan and Staten Island was lifted – the wood from these boroughs (and the Bronx) does not need to be regulated.

All residents of affected boroughs must schedule an appointment to discard any and all tree prunings, firewood, and other organic woody debris larger than a 1/2-inch in diameter from their property. To schedule a wood debris pickup, call 311 or fill out this form.

This service is NOT for Christmas tree disposal or commercially generated wood waste. Visit our MulchFest page to learn more about Christmas tree recycling.

Damaged Trees

Use 311 or our new forestry service request system to report a damaged tree. The appropriate Parks Department division will be notified and we'll provide you with a tracking number and details about how your request will be addressed.

More Tree Damage Info

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