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Brush Collection

Collection Method

  • Solid Waste collection as it pertains to brush, bulk trash, and leaves will now be collected by areas.
  • The city is broken down into 4 areas: Area 1, Area 2, Area 3, and Area 4 
  • To view your area for pick up click here
  • All collection trucks will stay in an area for a week



  • Wood waste may not be larger than 8-ft in length, 18-in in diameter, and 4 ft in height.
  • Brush piles must not have garbage or other refuse stacked on top or intermixed.
  • Brush must be seperated out from bulk trash and leaves
  • Small amounts of brush, bagged leaves, and bagged grass clippings may be placed inside your garbage container for weekly collection.
  • Do not approach collection trucks while they are collecting.
  • Brush should be natural wood such as: tree limbs and hedge bushes. 
  • No treated wood such as: 2x4's, cross-ties, particle boards, and pallets.



  • Brush must be assembled at only one location adjacent to or on the property where it was generated.
  • Place brush separate from other items and at least 5-feet away from parked cars, mailboxes, and all other objects.
  • Brush should be placed as near as practicable to a public street in front of the residence. Do not block the roadway, sidewalk, drainage ditch or catch basins.
  • Do not place brush over water meters or under low hanging wires.
  • Do not place brush in alleyways.


Contractors and Businesses

  • Contractors who perform land clearing are not eligible for service.
  • Businesses are not eligible for collection.


Brush, Bulk Trash, and Leaf Collection



Chattanooga, Tenn. ( January 30, 2023)-Starting January 28th, 2023, residents will no longer call  311 to schedule brush, bulk trash, and leaf collection services. We're optimizing our collection methods for yard waste and bulk trash starting the week of January 30th to ensure all areas receive collection. We have divided the City into four service areas to ensure every street receives collection. Collection trucks will remain in each area for one week before rotating to the next area. 

Residents should start preparing their yard waste and bulk trash by separating piles for removal the week of January 23. All yard waste and bulk trash should be at the curb no later than Monday, January 30th, by 7:00 am for the start of the collection.

You can also view your service area by entering your address at Additionally, signs will be posted at major intersections within that week's service area. We will begin picking up in the following areas and on the following dates:

  • Area 1: Lookout Valley, St Elmo, Alton Park, East Lake  (Blue)

Jan. 30th, Feb. 27th, March 27th, Apr. 24th, May 22nd, June 19th,

July 17th, Aug. 14th, Sep. 11th, Oct. 9th, Nov. 6th, Dec. 4th.


  • Area 2: North Chattanooga, Hixson  (Green)

Feb. 6th, March 6th, April. 3rd, May 1st, May 29th, June 26th,

July 24th, Aug. 21st, Sep. 18th, Oct. 16th, Nov. 13th, Dec. 11th.


  • Area 3: Brainerd, East Chattanooga,  (Yellow)

Feb. 13th, March 13th, Apr. 10th, May 8th, June 5th, July 3rd,

July 31st, Aug. 28th, Sep. 25th, Oct. 23rd, Nov. 20th, Dec. 18th.


  • Area 4: East Brainerd. Highway 58 (Orange)

Feb. 20th, March 20th, Apr. 17th, May 15th, June 12th, July 10th,

Aug. 7th, Sep. 4th, Oct. 2nd, Oct. 30th, Nov.27th, Dec. 25th.

Below is a comprehensive list of how to set out your brush, loose leaves, and bulk trash.

  • Piles should be positioned as close as possible to a public street in front of the residence without blocking the roadway, sidewalks, drainage ditches, or catch basins.
  • Wood waste may not be larger than eight feet in length, eighteen inches in diameter, or four ft. in height.
  • Bulk, brush, wood, and yard waste must be separated into their own piles and not be intermixed with other refuse. 


To see a full list of guidelines, visit our website at


About The City of  Chattanooga Department of Public Works

The Department of Public Works consists of several divisions including: Street Maintenance Division, Street and Traffic Division, Engineering Division, Development Review and Permitting Division, Stormwater Division, and Wastewater Division. The Department is responsible for planning, developing and maintaining the City's infrastructure, treating wastewater, and collecting solid waste and materials for recycling.


Wood Recycling Center
Brush may also be disposed of at the Wood Recycling Center located at 4063 North Hawthorne Street (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Serve people with integrity and improve the infrastructure and environment through excellence.

1250 Market Street
Chattanooga TN 37402 (map)
(423) 643-6311  


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