Getting Rid of Plant Clippings

Pruning back top-frozen perennials produces a surprisingly big pile of brush. Smaller materials can be added to your compost pile. But, getting rid of larger branches is a challenge for folks who cringe at the thought of putting all of that good organic material into the landfill. You may also be limited in the amount of trash your collection service will take away each month.

The good news is that you have plenty of options as a City of San Antonio solid waste customer. Brush Collection days are scheduled for each neighborhood twice each year. City staff will put out a flyer on your door a week before your assigned collection date. You can also phone 311 to find out when your brush collection dates will be. While you are checking the date, brush up on the rules for what the City of San Antonio can collect from you.

The City of San Antonio also offers collection at a reasonable cost to dispose of brush other times of year. The steps involved are:

  1. Place all of your brush out by the curb.
  2. Call Brush Collection Services at 311 to request an estimate of the cost. They will come by in a few days and leave you a notice regarding the cost of the pick-up based on the quantity of material.
  3. Send in payment by check within a few days. Your brush should disappear soon!

If you have access to a truck, you can transport your materials over to the Bitters Road Brush Collection Site located at 1800 Bitters Road. Material dropped off at the site is run through a chipper to become high-quality mulch.

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Karen Guz
Karen grew up taking family vacations to national parks and scenic rivers. A one-time kayak river guide in her home state of Pennsylvania, she got herself to Texas as fast as she could. Now as the vice president of Conservation for SAWS, she is responsible for meeting San Antonio’s long-term water conservation goals by leading a high energy, creative team of conservation planners. She first worked for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service providing a variety of horticulture and 4-H educational programs to the community before joining SAWS in 2000. When she’s not helping San Antonio live up to its reputation as a national leader in water conservation, she enjoys the outdoors as an avid hiker…continuing the tradition of luring the rest of her family to national parks and ranger talks.
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