Residents have several options to get rid of tree debris from the storm
While Park Board and City crews are working to clear downed trees from streets, many residents are also dealing with tree damage on their property. There are several options for folks to either drop off their debris, or get it ready for crews to pick it up and haul it away.
Tree debris drop-off
Minneapolis residents may bring yard tree debris to two locations, one in north Minneapolis and one in Fort Snelling, between June 24 and 29 for hauling and processing by the Park Board. The north Minneapolis location is the Metro Wood Recycling Site at 33rd Avenue North and North 2nd Street, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to Noon Saturday. The south location is at 6200 Bloomington Rd, Fort Snelling (adjacent to the Park Board’s golf course) from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to Noon Saturday. These sites will discontinue accepting public tree debris at Noon on Saturday, June 29. This service is for property owners clearing their property of tree debris after storm damage only—it is not for contractors doing work for property owners or for regular tree pruning. It is only for tree debris, not construction or other materials.
Regular yard waste collection for smaller branches
Residents with small branches and pieces of brush can use the regular weekly Solid Waste & Recycling yard waste collection service to have them picked up. Crews will pick up bundles of brush and small branches that are less than three inches in diameter and less than three feet long. Here's how to get them ready for pickup:
- Bundle them securely with twine or rope. Do not use wire.
- Each bundle must be less than 3 feet long.
- Each bundle must weigh less than 40 pounds.
Make sure to have the bundles of yard waste at your alley or curb line, next to the garbage cart, by 6 a.m. on your garbage day.
Tree debris collection
Park Board crews will collect tree debris that can be brought to the boulevard beginning July 1 through July 12 for properties affected by the storm. This service is for property owners clearing their property of tree debris after storm damage only—it is not for contractors doing work for property owners or for regular tree pruning. It is only for tree debris, not construction or other materials.
Here's how residents in the area can prepare downed trees and branches for collection:
- Move larger limbs, branches, and trunks to the boulevard area in front of your house. Park Board crews will pick up and dispose of these items at no charge.
- Property owners adjacent to tree debris placed on the boulevard are asked not to park vehicles near the debris, to help crews in the removal process. “No parking” signs may be posted and enforced to facilitate the cleanup operation.
Since there are so many downed trees in yards throughout the city, many residents will be looking for a contractor to take care of the problem. It’s important to make sure the tree company you use is licensed, because unlicensed companies may not be insured for damage they might cause to your property, and their workers may not be properly trained to protect themselves and your property from damage. Here are some things residents should know when choosing a tree company:
- To find out if a tree service contractor is licensed in Minneapolis, look at this list on the City’s website.
- A licensed contractor must submit a copy of a written estimate to the property owner for approval prior to any work to be performed.
- Licensed Tree Service contractors have marked vehicles and display a City of Minneapolis license decal.
- Licensed Tree Service contractors maintain insurance in the event of damage to your property, your neighbors’ property, or if anyone is injured on the job site.
Published Jun. 23, 2013