How to properly dispose of branches broken by heavy, wet snow

DENVER -- If Monday's heavy snow left yards covered in broken tree branches and sticks, there are some rules to follow to get property clean.

Denver Public Works offered the guidelines for setting out branches for removal.

  • Tie loose branches in bundles no longer than 4 feet in length and in bundles weighing no more than 50 pounds. No branches can exceed 4 inches in diameter.
  • A maximum of 10 branches bundles per household will be collected per scheduled extra trash service collection (every four weeks).
  • Do not place branches in city-issued black trash carts and place at least 2 feet away from black barrels when setting bundles out for collection.
  • Leaves and yard clippings must be in bags or containers and weigh no more than 50 pounds each when full.
  • Residents are responsible for the removal and disposal of tree stumps and all branches more than 4 inches in diameter and/or 4 feet in length.
  • Branches can be dropped off for composting at the Cherry Creek recycling drop-off located at East Cherry Creek Drive South and Quebec Street.