Brush and Leaf Collection
The 2019-2020 schedule of collection dates is now available. The dates listed on the schedule are the start days for each route. It normally takes about a week to pickup all the brush in a route. All 12 brush routes will receive their scheduled four pickups for the year. Subscribers to the Public Works brush email notification system will receive their usual reminders and a link to access the new schedule of dates for their area.
Maintenance Routes and Schedules
Davidson County residents can dispose of brush and other yard waste free of charge. Trailers will be charged a fee.
If you have questions, please contact Customer Service at 615-862-5000.
Sign up to receive an email reminder from Public Works. Email notifications are sent to brush subscribers based on your preference when enrolling or managing your account. Subscribers may choose one option and can be notified 7, 14, 21, or 30 days prior to their brush route is scheduled to begin.
Residents in Metro Nashville’s Urban and General Services Districts have their brush and yard waste collected four times a year on a rotation schedule along 12 routes. Instead of chippers, Metro Public Works uses knuckle boom trucks equipped with a mechanical arm that lifts brush piles up and into a trailer that’s pulled behind the truck. This method of collecting brush is quieter and safer than using wood chippers, and allows Metro to provide quicker and more efficient service.
To assist citizens who need brush disposal more often than the four collections provided annually by Metro, Public Works offers free brush disposal for Davidson County residents (pick-up truck loads only, no trailers) at both of the Nature's Best Organics of Tennessee locations and at the Ezell Pike Convenience Center.
Setting Out Brush for Pick-Up
Believe it or not, there is a right way and a wrong way to set out your brush for pick-up.
The Right Way To Set Out Your Brush
You need to leave enough room for the mechanical arm of the knuckle boom truck to operate. You can stack your piles end to end, as shown above, or on top of one another. In general, height doesn’t matter, but all brush needs to be close enough to the curb or roadway for the truck to reach it. Only the driver travels with the truck; no other crew members to move piles or separate items that don’t belong in a brush pile.
The Wrong Way To Set Out Your Brush
Brush piles should not be placed close to mailboxes, utility poles, fences, trees or other stationary objects.
Place only limbs, branches and true yard waste by the curb for brush crews. Lumber, household trash and other types of debris found in your brush pile means it won’t get picked up.
Well-meaning citizens placed these brush piles too far from the roadway for the knuckle boom truck to reach them.
To ensure that your brush will be picked up, don’t forget to follow these important Do's and Don'ts and other brush collection guidelines.
Metro Brush and Yard Waste Collection Guidelines
When setting out brush, leaves and grass clippings for collection, be sure to follow the guidelines below.
- Put brush out before the first day the trucks are scheduled to be in your Area
- Place your brush where your garbage is collected – at the curb if your trash is collected there or in the alley if you have alley trash collection.
- Leaves and grass clippings can be put out with your limbs and other brush in brown paper bags only. Plastic bags will not be accepted.
- Do not stack brush against trees, fences, utility poles or other stationary objects.*
- Do not place brush, clippings and/or leaves in medians or where they can be washed into a storm sewer, catch basin or stream and clog up drainage systems.
- Do not include limbs more than 4 inches in diameter, longer than 15 feet, or stumps with root balls and dirt. Do not include bamboo over 8 feet long.
*Remember: The mechanical arm of the knuckle boom truck needs enough room to lift the brush pile up and into the trailer that is pulled behind the truck. Only the driver travels with each truck; no other crew members are there to move piles or separate items that don’t belong in a brush pile.
Brush and yard waste (grass, leaves, etc.) from commercial tree and landscaping services must be disposed of by the company and not left for collection by Metro. (According to Metro Code 10.20.085.) If you hire someone to cut your brush, be sure that the cost of hauling the brush, yard waste and other debris away is included in the price.
Brush is collected by Metro in the Urban Services District and the General Services District but not in satellite / self-incorporated cities such as Forest Hills, Berry Hill, and Belle Meade. Residents of those areas should contact their city officials for the services available.
For more information about Metro's brush collection service, please see our collection map and schedule, or call 615-862-8750.
Remember, you can compost leaves in your own backyard; visit our composting pages to find out how.
Prefer to Use Grass Clippings for Mulch?
Leaving grass clipping on the lawn after mowing ensures that nutrients will be returned to the soil. Grass clippings are 20-30% protein and usually contain about 4% nitrogen, 2% potassium and 0.5% phosphorus as well as all the necessary trace elements plants need.
When leaving clippings on the lawn, adjust your lawn mower to remove no more than one third of the grass leaf surface at any one mowing. Any mower can be used, but one that mulches as it cuts is best. Use a slow-release fertilizer, water when necessary, and mow the grass at the proper height.