Brush Piles on the Easement: Right or Wrong?
July 8, 2013
We've all seen them: Huge piles of tree trimmings on sidewalks and easements, left behind by a tree company to be picked up by the city. Here at Preservation Tree, we have a huge problem with these brush piles. We will never leave trimmings out on your front easement to be picked up by the city. Why? Because that is supposed to be our cost of doing business, not the city’s taxpayer’s cost to remove it. We remove all trimmings and trees cleanly from your property. A trained, certified, bonded and insured tree care company will always remove the waste from your property and never leave it on your easement. Once we remove trimmings from your property, we make sure they are recycled in the most responsible way. Organic matter just doesn't belong in the landfill; especially not at a cost to the taxpayers.
The type of brush each city allows homeowners to put out for bulky trash pick-up varies as does the allowable size of the brush pile. This service is not meant to be a cost saver for a business whose job it is to clean up after their work. It's only meant to be used by homeowners that have small amounts of brush to be removed. While some cities have recycling plans for bulky brush, others do not and large brush and tree trimmings often go into the landfill.
While the City of Dallas is making strides in its recycling efforts for materials such as plastics, paper and other household waste, they still have a long way to go when it comes to composting brush and larger tree trimmings. The City of Plano will recycle brush, but did you know that tree trimmings and brush piles for pick up may not exceed six feet in length, four feet in height, and four feet in width? That's certainly quite smaller than most of the brush piles left behind by many not-so-responsible tree companies. You may be subject to a code violation and city fine, plus additional pick up fees if your tree company leaves a large pile of trimmings behind.
See this huge pile left behind by an irresponsible company? Depending on where you live, or when the pile was put out, this could be a code violation and fines for you! Next time you hire a tree company to take care of your trees, make sure it is their policy to remove and recycle everything they prune during their work. You can read more HERE about how Preservation Tree recycles all materials we remove from your trees.
Posted: July 8, 2013