Brush Recycling | Residential Curbside Pickup | Storm Tree Clean Up | Free Mulch
The City of Round Rock provides four convenient ways to recylce or dispose of brush:
1. Brush Recycling Center—brush drop off by citizens
The Center offers a service that enables residents to dispose of brush and used Christmas trees to be ground into mulch. Accepted: tree trimmings, branches, limbs, and other parts of shrubs and trees.
Not accepted: leaves, grass, landscape waste (palm trees, cacti, compost), tree stumps, treated wood such as telephone poles, railroad ties, lumber, demolition debris, rock, concrete, hazardous waste, and household garbage.
Fee Information: There is a fee for brush disposal (Ordinance number G-97-03-27-10A of March 27, 1997). For residents who drop off small loads, less than two cubic yards of brush, there is no charge (Residents must live inside Round Rock City limits and must prove residency to qualify for free drop off). For non-residents dropping off less than two cubic yards, there is a $15 charge. The fee to drop off a medium sized load of two to four cubic yards is $20. The fee is $40 for loads of 4 cubic yards or more. Residents and non-residents pay the same for medium and large loads. A cubic yard of brush is measure by multiplying height X width X length divided by 27. Height, width, and length are measured in feet (12inches).
2. Residential Curbside Brush Pickup This service is provided to all Round Rock residents with current water utility service.
UPDATE- CHANGE IN SERVICE CHARGE: Effective July 20, 2007. The service charge is $25 for the first five minutes and $1 for each additional minute. The charge for this service is based on the length of time it takes to pick up the material. Charges will be billed to your monthly City utility bill. We’re sorry, but we do not provide cost estimates.
Accepted: tree trimmings, branches, limbs, and other woody parts of shrubs and trees.
Not accepted: leaves, grass trimmings, vines, palm leaves, cacti, household trash, demolition debris, stumps, railroad ties, or lumber.
Pick-up Requirements: The brush must be piled along the curb, preferably no longer than 10 feet in length, and not bundled.
Dates: Brush pick-up is on Wednesdays. Requests must be received by 4 pm Tuesday for same week service. Residents may pick up free fine ground mulch from the Brush Recycling Center.
Service Requests: All requests should be made by calling the Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department at 218-5540. or through the online form.
3. Storm tree clean up
Storms in Central Texas are not always just rain and thunder. To avoid heavy storm damage to your trees and property here are some tips below
Storm Damage Safety Tips
1. Large trees should not be placed under utility wires or too close to buildings or other structures.
2. Make sure the tree has plenty of room to grow roots to hold it into the soil. Otherwise, it can be very easy for a tree to fall over.
3. Make sure to plant healthy, quality trees. This keeps down on the pruning necessary to keep the tree looking great, and will help the tree stay healthy after being planted.
4. Trees should be pruned to develop strong form. Young trees should be pruned regularly and routinely every three to five years after planting.
5. Keep up with pruning dead or weakened limbs. Trees that are dead and located on private property should be removed by a private arborist.
6. Refrain from "Tree Topping"; this is an unnecessary and dangerous practice. Not only is it easy to hurt or kill your tree, but also when braches do grow back they are not anchored well and can easily break off.
City Ordinance Regarding Storm Cleanup
Round Rock Code of Ordinances Chapter 6- Health and Sanitation
Article 6.611 Disposal of bulky, heavy materials
No (4) Brush Collection by City
Upon request of the owner or occupant of a tract of land the city will remove tree trimmings and/or brush debris resulting from storm damage or created by such owner or occupant of a residence or business. The tree trimmings and/or brush debris must be placed in or adjacent to the street right-of-way. For such service, the owner or occupant will be charged a minimum of twenty five dollars ($25.00) with an additional dollar ($1) per minute.
Ordinance No. 2567 of February 27, 1992
Only in catastrophic storms can brush be picked up without fee. This method is very limited and based only on the emergency decision by the City Manager through a formal statement of a storm-related emergency. All the rules for curbside recycling defined above will be enforced. If there is no formal statement from the City Manager, normal rules and processes apply.
It is the property owner’s responsibility to clear, remove, and dispose of any storm generated brush from his property.
4. Free mulch! There is a reward for recycling your brush-- free mulch! Citizens with proof of Round Rock residency (proof must be presented) may take small pick up loads of mulch during the Center's hours of operation. No commercial vehicles, dump trucks or large trailers qualify for free residential mulch. Large amounts of mulch are also used in city parks for trees and landscape mulching. For details how to apply mulch visit our Tree Planting Page.
All brush picked up will be taken to the Round Rock Brush Recycling Center at 310 Deepwood Drive.
For more information, contact Forestry Manager Emsud Horozovic at 512-218-5540.