Yard Waste, Brush and Limb Collection
Starting in February 2020, The City partnered with REC Pro Disposal to handle brush and limb pick-up. The goal is to circle the City every 14 days.
The Solid Waste Department highly encourages residents to assist in making curbside pick-up services more efficient by following a few simple guidelines:
- Place the tree limbs and brush parallel to the street.
- Make sure the debris is in one pile only instead of several piles.
- Do not place brush and limbs in ditches, around or on top of structures such as mailboxes, fences, meter lids, utility lines, utility poles, drainage grates, etc.
- Do not place brush longer than 10 feet in length or 8 inches in diameter.
- Do not place foreign debris such as lumber, household trash, and other types of debris in your brush pile. It will NOT be picked up with such debris in the brush pile.
- Do not set brush on vacant lots or vacant properties. This is illegal dumping.
- Do not place brush under low-lying power lines and cable lines to allow room for the boom to work.
- Do not park a vehicle near the brush pile during daylight hours.
- Do not place loose grass clippings in the roadway curb or gutter. Bagging grass clippings in the biodegradable yard waste bags more than double the efficiency of the City’s crew’s timeliness for individual customer’s pick-ups.
The City of Murfreesboro Solid Waste Department initiated a yard waste program in September of 1997 with the purchase of a Mobark Wood Hog mulcher.
In 2005, the mulcher was upgraded to a Hogzilla tubgrinder, allowing greater speed and a finer grade of mulch.
This program consists of the collection of limbs, brush and discarded Christmas trees from all residents in the city using two-man knuckleboom crews.
Two to four collection crews have been used daily for limb and brush collection. The yard waste is brought to the tubgrinder's location at:
4765 Florence Road
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
The mulch resulting from the collected debris is provided free of charge to the public and city departments.
Annual Leaf Collection
The annual leaf collection provided by the street department is also combined with the mulching program. This program has provided for the diversion of a combined estimate of 142,619 cubic yards of yard waste (128,980 cubic yards of limbs and brush, 13,639 cubic yards of leaves) as reported to the state the last two years.
It is a highly effective, low cost program using minimum labor. And, we have been able to claim 100 percent recycling credit for the above yard waste the last two years in a row.
In addition to the recycling benefits, the public and city departments also benefit from the use of the free mulch.