Brush Pickup

Learn More: New Account System for Mulch Delivery/Brush Pickup

People sorting through brush waste

Unbundled brush is collected and recycled into wood mulch. Large quantities of brush resulting from the removal of more than one tree or land clearing will not be collected; the homeowner is responsible for its disposal. Brush is collected on your trash collection day.

Schedule a Pickup

Schedule a brush pickup online or call 703-228-5000 Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Brush collection requests are limited to 150 requests per service day to make sure we complete daily service requests in a safe and timely manner. During periods of peak activity, your request may need to be scheduled for a later date. There are no pickups scheduled during Christmas tree collection (first two weeks of January).

How to Prepare for Pickup

  • Brush collection can only be done curbside and brush must be loose and unbundled, NOT contained in a bag or collection container.
  • Brush must be 18 inches or less in diameter and 10 feet or less in length.
  • Brush must be set out by 6 a.m. on your collection day, but no earlier than 5 p.m. the day before your collection day.
  • Place your brush directly on the curbside or at the edge of the street, not in the yard.
  • Do not place brush in carts, bags or boxes – it must be exposed and visible as brush to driver. Large amounts should be stacked parallel to the curb.
  • Don’t put brush under low-hanging power lines or tree limbs; there must be an overhead clearance of approximately 25 feet.
  • Don’t place brush by parked cars. The truck needs a minimum 10-foot clearance from cars to avoid possible damage.
  • Don’t stack brush against any fixed objects like poles, posts, fences, walls or buildings.
  • Don’t mix lumber, trash, or yard clippings (e.g. grass, leaves, prunings, etc.) with the brush.
  • Tree stumps can’t be collected as brush.

Missed or Partial Pickup

Report missed collections the following business day by 7 p.m. You may report a missed collection online using our missed pickup form or by calling 703-228-5000.