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Yard waste - Tree branches


Put tree branches, hedge prunings and tree trunks in your green cart.

Size restrictions

Pieces must be less than:

  • 15 cm (six inches) in diameter for branches and tree trunks
  • 1.25 m (four feet) in length

Make sure the lid of the cart can close.

Special Instructions

Always fill your green cart first. If it's full, bundle your cut branches with natural fibre string and set at least 30 cm (one foot) to the side of your green cart for collection.​

Do not lean the bundles on the cart or place them on the cart lid.

During the busy yard season, we will collect material inside green carts, but may limit the number of extra branch bundles we pick up to make sure everyone gets service.

If your tree is diseased, please contact 311 to speak with Waste & Recycling Services staff so that we can discuss the appropriate disposal options with you.

Title: What Goes Where?
Author: City of Calgary
Description: Residential recycling and disposal search tool