Yard Waste, Brush and Limb Collection

Simple guidelines for making curbside pick-up services more efficient

  • Place the tree limbs and brush parallel to the street.
  • Make sure the debris is in one pile only, not 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 6 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. 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 partners with REC Pro Disposal to handle brush and limb pick-up.  The goal is to circle the City every 14 days.

Mulcher

Our mulcher is a Hogzilla tub grinder with capabilities of mulching large limbs and leaves into a fine mulch that can be used for filler, compost material and landscaping. 

The Street department has used this mulch in various landscaping projects around the city. Most recently, the Street Department refreshed the mulch down Old Fort Parkway using this recycled yard debris.

This mulch is free to the public and is available Monday-Friday 6 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. at 4765 Florence Road.

Responsibilities

This program consists of the collection of limbs, brush and discarded Christmas trees from all residents in the city using knuckleboom crews.
Five 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 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.  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.