Tree branches, shrubs and/or hedge-type bushes between 2" to 5" in diameter, without the root system, can be cut into less than 4-foot lengths and tied securely into bundles weighing less than 40 pounds and no more than 15" in diameter.  Bundles must be placed at the curb by 7:00 a.m. of your regular refuse day and will be taken with the trash (woody material less than 2" in diameter needs to be put with yard waste). Brush can not protrude from bags or cans and workers cannot reach in to dislodge contents. Limbs/logs/branches larger than 5" in diameter are not picked up and must be disposed of privately.

Brush Chipping Service

The City's recommended contractor is JH Hart Urban Forestry. You can contact them directly at 586-795-5581 or dispose of them privately.


JH Hart charges $45 for each 15 minutes of chipping. Residents must pay the contractor directly via cash, check or credit card (they will take a credit card via phone). If the stop takes longer than 15 minutes, residents will be invoiced for each additional 15 minute increment. Remember that you pay for the time spent at your stop; time spent to sort through materials to access brush to be chipped costs the same as actual chipping time.


Branches up to 6 inches in diameter, 4 foot or longer, neatly stacked at curb, and shrubs without the root-ball will be chipped.