Yard Waste

Yard Waste

Leaves, grass clippings, shrubs, weeds and brush, and twigs and small branches are all considered yard waste and are not accepted at the landfill.

Yard waste should be placed at the curb on your normal yard waste collection day and should be cut into lengths less than 4 feet. Yard waste is picked up from April 1 through November 30. They do not pick up between December 1 and March 31.

Please note: Do not place yard waste in plastic bags – use only biodegradable paper bags (available from hardware and grocery stores) or clearly marked rigid containers.

Acceptable Yard Waste Items:

  • Leaves
  • Grass Clippings
  • Shrubs
  • Weeds and Brush
  • Shrubbery
  • Twigs and small branches (less than four inches in diameter)
  • Christmas trees – whole trees, no decorations, no lights, no tinsel, no garland. Do not place trees in plastic bags.

Unacceptable Items:

Only yard waste is permitted in yard waste bags and containers. Please do not place food/pet waste, dirt or rocks, plastic bags or bottles, sod, soil, or plastic plant pots into yard waste bags or containers. Please do not use plastic bags to collect yard waste. Keep it loose or use compostable bags.

SWACO compost sign

Chipper Service

The City of Hilliard will provide a weekly citywide chipper service beginning April 17, 2023. The city is divided into four color-coded quadrants: orange, green, blue, and purple. A city crew will go through each quadrant one day per week (Monday through Thursday) to provide chipper service weather permitting.

The weekly chipper service schedule is as follows:

  • Monday – Orange
  • Tuesday – Green
  • Wednesday – Blue
  • Thursday – Purple

To utilize this service, residents simply need to have tree limbs and brush piled curbside by 7AM the scheduled day of their weekly chipper service. Vines, thorns, root balls, grass of any kind, and foreign materials such as metal, lumber, nails, wire, string, rope, or staples are absolutely prohibited. Any brush or tree limbs containing any of the aforementioned items will NOT be collected.

Local Waste, the City of Hilliard’s contract refuse hauler, will also continue to offer brush collection services weekly. Brush collected by Local Waste is considered as yard waste. To be picked up, material must meet yard waste criteria: brush must be cut into lengths of no longer than 4-feet, and then must be bagged, bundled, using biodegradable string or twine (no metal wire), or placed into a standard trash container used exclusively for yard waste, and labeled “YARD WASTE ONLY”. Bundles may not exceed 2-feet in diameter.  No single bundle, yard waste can, or bag may exceed 75 lbs. in weight.

When a tree service or landscape company is hired to cut down trees or clear areas, they are solely responsible for that removal.