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. 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.

Residential Wood Debris

As of October 10, 2019, the quarantine for Asian longhorned beetle is no longer in place and residents in Brooklyn and Queens no longer need to schedule an appointment with NYC Parks to collect organic wood (tree branches, limbs, firewood).

You can throw out residential wood debris with your regular garbage. Items may include tree branches or limbs. This debris is picked up by the Department of Sanitation. Information about this program can be found here

You must follow these guidelines:

  • Securely tie the wood in bales no more than two feet high and four feet long.
  • Remove any nails from the wood.
  • Use twine or rope to tie up the bundles of wood. Do not use nylon line, tape, or other binding material.



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