Yard Waste & Small Branches 

When:  Collection days:  Weekly on Regular Trash Day

What:  Yard waste is defined as yard trimmings, grass clippings, small branches and leaves.    


  • Place yard trimmings, grass clippings, and leaves in city-approved compostable bags, with
    weight < 50 lbs. 
  • Tie small branches in bundles.  Each bundle should be < 4 feet length x 18 inches in diameter and
    weigh < 50 lbs. 

Where:  Place compostable bags and branch bundles on the curbs 3 feet away from the automated trash bins. 

Pleae DO NOT place yard waste in the automated garbage cans. 

Large Tree Waste

When:  Collection Days:  3rd Monday odd months:   January, March, May, July, September, November.

  • Place large tree waste between the hours of 6:00 pm the Friday before and 7:00 am on the scheduled Monday. 

What:  Large “Tree Waste” is defined as “clean” wood waste such as tree limbs, branches, and stumps.  Lumber, furniture, and treated wood will NOT be accepted.

  • Tree Waste (and junk waste) collection is limited to occupied residential units and vacant residential lots only if the waste generated is in connection with the maintenance of the property.  Any waste produced by a contractor must be removed by the contractor. 

Where:   Place tree waste adjacent to the front curb in a location easily accessible to the collection vehicle.   It must be placed on property – driveway, easement – to be picked up.  


Tree waste is picked up by a large collection vehicle.  There must be clearance above the pickup location for this machine. Tree Waste should not be stacked under low overhead electrical wires or other cabling, signs, or mailboxes; next to fences or posts; or on top of water meters, gas meters, fire hydrants, or other exposed utility components.  If it is, it may not be picked up.  


DO NOT place tree waste in the street, on the sidewalk, on the esplanade, or other right-of-way, or in any manner which would interfere with pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

DO NOT place tree waste on the esplanades – it will not be picked up! 

DO NOT place Junk Waste for collection during a Tree Waste month

Residents who wish to dispose of Tree Waste or Junk Waste before their scheduled once-per-month collection may use one of six Neighborhood Depository/Recycling Centers. Visit the Neighborhood Depository/Recycling Center web page here for locations and more information or call 3-1-1.


City of Houston (COH) Tree Removal and Pruning

Report a tree for removal or pruning to 311.  A city forester assesses the reported tree for removing or pruning as follows: 

  • Removal:  Dead or dangerous trees (tree is marked with an orange X to remove)
  • Pruning:  Defined as not providing required clearance over sidewalks (10 ft) or roadways (14 ft) (tree is marked with orange circle to prune low hanging or dead branches)

The COH only responds if a tree issue is brought to their attention. The COH does not remove or prune trees unless a tree is deemed dead or dangerous.

Community Tree Removal and Pruning

  • The COH requires a permit to remove or prune a tree, and the permit can be requested via 311.  
  • Even with a permit, nearby neighbors should be notified and be in agreement with the removal or pruning to avoid complaint calls to the COH from neighbors. 
  • Minor trimming of trees is fine without a permit, however, the debris must be removed by the individual or group. 
  • Debris cannot be left on the esplanade to be picked up:  removal of debris must be done by the contractor or individual/group doing the work.

Community Tree Planting

  • The COH has a published list of approved trees to plant in the esplanades and City right of way.  You must have a permit to plant a tree, and the tree must be on the approved list.  See the COH Tree and Shrub Ordinance.
  • The MPNA has adopted the Caroline, Crawford, Calumet and Southmore esplanades in our neighborhood.  While these esplanades were adopted through the COH “Adopt an Esplanade” program, the permit process for tree cutting and pruning still applies.  Any permit SR numbers will be maintained by the MPNA.  The MPNA receives permission from the COH for each end cap garden installation and other modifications. 

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