Columbia Public Works Department relaxes requirements for tree limb removal

Thursday, March 14, 2013 | 1:11 p.m. CDT; updated 1:21 p.m. CDT, Thursday, March 14, 2013

COLUMBIA — Columbia residents tired of shoveling snow and chipping ice from windshields can look forward to some respite: the city is offering to help get rid of broken tree limbs caused by winter storms.

The Columbia Public Works Department will relax length requirements for tree limb removal and collect oversize limbs during the week of March 18, according to a news release from the department. Normally, the city only clears limbs shorter than 4 feet, but in this instance it will collect limbs between 4 and 8 feet long.

How do I get rid of large tree limbs?

To get rid of limbs between 4 and 8 feet long, call the Solid Waste division of Public Works at 874-6291 at least 24 hours in advance. Put the limbs by the curb. The limbs will be picked up by street division crews, not trash crews.

Other methods to rid yourself of pesky branches include:

  • Curbside pickup on trash day: Limbs must be bundled and not exceed 4 feet in length, 2 feet in diameter and 50 pounds per bundle. The bundles can be placed by the curb on a regularly scheduled trash pickup day.
  • Haul the limbs to a compost heap: Limbs and other brush can be disposed of free of charge at the Parkside mulch site, just off Creasy Springs Road; the Capen Park mulch site, 1600 Capen Park Drive; and the compost facility at the Columbia Sanitary Landfill, 5700 Peabody Road. The mulch sites are open from dawn to dusk daily, and the compost facility is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 

Supervising editor is Richard Webner.

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