Where should I put my yard debris for collection?

Residents may place piles of yard debris – brush and branches – into the tree lawn area at their property frontage just behind the curb or edge of pavement for pickup by the city. Pieces should be no longer than 6 feet in length and in a manageable pile that is away from trees, poles, fire hydrants and other obstructions. The December yard debris collection is bi-weekly.  The monthly collection schedule begins again in January.

Residents should NOT:

  • place yard debris in front of other properties, nor should they place yard debris in any roadway center medians.
  • place anything in the street or roadway gutter (except leaves in the fall). Any amount of debris in the street is an obstruction and disrupts the stormwater collection system by diverting water away from the intended storm drains. Debris in the street can be dangerous to vehicles and is hard to see at night. Debris in the street also interferes with on-street parking and is a danger to pedestrians, joggers, and bicyclists.

Placing anything in the street is a violation of Oakwood Codified Ordinance 901.01 (A)(3). As of January 1, 2023, the city’s code enforcement officer responds to yard debris piles placed in the gutter or street by leaving a door-hanger notice at the property affording two business days to remove the obstruction from the street.  After two days, the city will remove the obstruction and will charge the property owner $150.

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