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Brush and Leaf Collection

All yard waste (brush, leaves, and grass clippings) is banned from trash collection and CANNOT be placed in your trash cart or dumpsters. 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.

Metro does not collect brush on private streets or in satellite/self incorporated cities such as Forrest Hills, Berry Hill, and Belle Meade. Residents of those areas should contact their city officials for the services available.

brush truck

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 or in the alley.
  • Place leaves and grass clipping in biodegradable 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.
  • 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 (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 and that it is hauled away by the company.

The Right Way To Set Out Your Brush

Proper brush piles and leaf bags at the curb

When setting out your brush, leave enough room for the mechanical arm of the knuckle boom truck to operate. 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 are there to move piles or separate items that don't belong in a brush pile.

The Wrong Way To Set Out Your Brush

Brush piled close to utility pole Brush piled close to fence

Brush piles should not be placed close to mailboxes, utility poles, fences, trees or other stationary objects.

Lumber placed with brush Trash placed with brush

Only place 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.

Brush placed too far from roadway Brush placed too far from roadway

These brush piles are too far from the roadway for the knuckle boom truck to reach them.