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Wood Debris Removal

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 or use our tree service request system.

Debris Left by Parks Forestry Crews

When an NYC Parks forestry crew cannot immediately remove the debris resulting from their work, they will leave the brush or logs neatly piled near the curb. This debris is picked up within 90 days by another crew. However, if woody debris is left on the street for more than 24 hours after a block-pruning operation by a Parks contractor, please notify us via 311 or use our tree service request system. A crew will be assigned to the debris removal, and the matter will be resolved as soon as possible. While Parks strives to leave its worksites as clean as possible, the area may not always be completely free of small twigs, leaves, chippings, or sawdust.

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 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. If you need your Christmas tree picked up, please visit our MulchFest page for more information. If you are a commercial organization, the Department of Sanitation provides private wood debris collection in sections of the city outside the ALB Quarantine Zone.

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