How To Dispose of Your Yard Debris

Posted at 9:15 a.m.

Cleanup is underway in our neighborhoods and communities. There are several options available for managing debris generated from the wind storm:

  1. All refuse collection companies operating in Fairfax County must collect brush placed at their customers’ curbsides as long as the brush is in bundles of less than 4 feet in length, weighing less than 50 pounds and no piece is larger than 6 inches in diameter.
  2. For larger amounts of brush or bulk debris, you should contact your trash collection service provider for information about special collections and set-out instructions.
  3. You may also self-haul large amounts of brush or bulk debris to the county’s recycling and disposal centers at the I-66 Transfer Station or the I-95 Landfill Complex where it can be disposed of for a fee. Be aware that there are fees for brush and tree debris.
  4. View complete details on tree and debris removal.
  5. Get more information on avoiding tree-trimming scams.


7 responses to “How To Dispose of Your Yard Debris”

  1. Edward says :

    You can also, if you have some non-lawn space around your home, cut the broken branches up and pile them for animal habitat and to form compost which will enrich the soil. (Adding dead leaves helps a little; adding chopped-up dead leaves speeds the process a lot.) No landfill or hauling required, and you get to keep the compost.

  2. Anonymous says :

    If open burning is not allowed because of possible fires then why does the country have open flame grills in the parks next to trees? The people using the open flame grill at dowden terrace park are going to burn down the park and surrounding neighborhoods. This is a major fire hazard and needs to be removed.

    • Fairfax County Emergency Information says :

      Thanks for your inquiry. Here’s the answer from our Park Authority. A fire in a grill is considered “contained” because the fire is within a box, so to speak, and is typically made using charcoal which does not release embers. An “open” fire which can spread laterally more easily depending upon how it is built, and is typically made with large pieces of wood that on occasion may release lit embers. In our area of the country, fires that occur in treed areas are not typically the result of the fire starting in the tree itself. The fire starts because of grassy underbrush possibly catching fire which then can spread to the trees. We have had many ground fires that never damaged trees because we have a wetter climate than places like California. That is not to say that trees in our area never catch fire, they just don’t do so “easily”. In addition, it rarely reaches drought conditions such that undergrowth catches fire without some sort of accelerant being used. Lastly, grassy undergrowth is not typically present in areas where our grills are located.

  3. Anonymous says :

    Our service, American Disposal, Fairfax, DIDN’T pickup a very small bundle of debris twigs/small branches that were tied together and well within all the guidelines stated in #1 of this FFXCO announcement, YARD DEBRIS REMOVAL