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Additional Resources Being Added to Branch Pickup Operation

Archived News Release: March 10, 2023 - ​The City of Ann Arbor has contracted Davey Tree Expert Company to augment city staff efforts to pick up branches from the recent ice and snow storms.

Due to continued snowy weather and remaining urgent tree issues, progress on branch pick up has been slow. Dedicated public works crews have been collecting and chipping branches in addition to their duties clearing roads of snow/ice and addressing other infrastructure needs. As of Friday, March 10, less than 5% of the city's solid waste routes have had branches collected. The city seeks continued patience and understanding as cleanup efforts continue for the next several weeks. Residents are reminded to please follow the guidelines below to help speed up work and keep everyone safe.

Branches are not to be placed on the street or in bike lanes as they can be a safety hazard.

Large branches (at least 3 inches in diameter, roughly wider than a soup can, and at least 4 feet in length):

  • Place branches facing the same direction of the street on extensions.
  • Remove any spikes, metal or nails from branches.

Smaller branches and twigs (less than 3 inches in diameter and less than 4 feet in length):

  • Bundle (twine recommended but not required) in bunches up to 18 inches in diameter and left at the curb.
  • Break down larger bundles of branches already placed at the curb to make them safer to handle.

Logs, trunks or roots with stumps (rootballs) will not be collected. ​

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Media Contact Information

Robert Kellar
Communications Specialist
734.794.6000 x41524
[email protected]

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