Brush and Limb Collection
Brush and limb collection is a biannual event for residents in the urban service district. This service is a means for Zionsville residents to dispose pruned and fallen limbs and brush. It is generally scheduled for the last two weeks in April and the first two weeks in October. A schedule will be posted a month ahead of each collection. Brush and limb material is taken to GreenCycle to be recycled into mulch.
- The limit on size is 6 inches in diameter and smaller
- Grass clippings, leaves, decorative grass, vines, stumps, root balls, construction lumber, firewood and wooden fencing material is NOT collected
- Bundling is not required
- Limbs up to 6 inches in diameter may be left intact but should be no larger than can be managed by one person
Each time a storm or significant wind comes through Zionsville, property owners inevitably experience damage to their private trees and find themselves in the position of having to then dispose of or otherwise deal with fallen branches and limbs. Many years ago, when the Town was much smaller, DPW would collect and dispose of this debris on an as-needed basis. As the Town expanded, the as-needed service was discontinued. However, an annual collection of brush and limb each spring was maintained to aid residents in disposing of these items. In 2003, a fall brush and limb collection was added to increase the level of this service as well.
Brush and Limb from Storms
Some confusion still exists as to whether the Town will or won’t collect fallen limbs after a storm event, which it will not. However, when strong winds come through our community, it is likely that Street Department crews are sent out with trucks and chippers to collect debris that has fallen on a roadway or sidewalk. Since the crews are not instantaneous, many residents will drag the limb from the roadway and place it alongside the road, from where it is collected by the Street Department.
This can lead to the appearance that the Town is in fact collecting storm damage for anyone and everyone, when it is only clearing debris within rights of way. Residents should be aware that the disposal of storm damaged limbs and branches from trees on private property is the responsibility of the property owner.