Pick-up will continue in a county-by-county manner, with Comal following Kendall, and concluding with the Bexar County portions of the City. This is to maximize opportunities for the city to request reimbursement for applicable costs. Collection will include gated communities.
Residents in the Kendall County portion of the City are advised to have all brush to the curb no later than Monday, March 6 at 7 am, as there will be one pass through each neighborhood to collect brush and the contractor will not return to the neighborhood once completed. The pass will accumulate all debris greater than 12 inches long and one inch in diameter. Smaller items that are not loaded will not be picked up, and residents should throw these smaller items in regular trash. Please be careful to keep the brush piles away from the streets, water meters, drainage areas, fire hydrants, and power lines.
Crews will work in the City from 7am-7pm Monday through Friday, using small equipment to push brush into larger piles and loading piles onto trucks. Please be patient with work crews during this time especially as they operate in public streets, which may cause temporary traffic delays.
Please note, the City will not clean small debris remaining in yards, such as leaves, twigs, and small branches, but City crews will follow to remove small debris from city streets (not right of way). It is important to remember that this will be a brush pick-up only program, and no other large items besides brush – such as plastic or paper bags, lumber, leaves, or other refuse – will be picked up.
The City will continue to update progress, but schedules will be estimated days only, so residents are requested not to wait to get their material to the curb. Please continue to monitor City News and the City’s social media channels on Facebook, NextDoor, and Twitter for updates on when removal is expected to be in your neighborhood. You can sign-up to receive important alerts through Notify Me, and critical emergency alerts through Regroup.
As a reminder, please continue to diligently paint and maintain tree wounds, especially those on our oak trees, to help mitigate risks for oak wilt. We have a fantastic resource on the City's Oak Wilt webpage that can assist you with any questions or concerns.
Please read below for a description of the pick-up process:
The contractor will be using a skid steer to consolidate small piles into larger piles to make it safer for the contractor's large trucks to pick up. These piles will be consolidated and placed at intersections; the piles will be placed on the right of way or easements located at the front of properties, usually about a 10-foot wide area. These piles may sit for 24 to 48 hours before being picked up by the brush truck. Small limbs, brushes, and leaves may be left on the road when moving these piles. Staff will do their best to clear the area on the same day of any significant issues. Once the street or neighborhood pick-up is complete, the city street sweeper will clean the roads.
Residents are strongly encouraged to ensure the following instructions are followed. Brush piles that are incorrectly placed may result in the brush not being picked up and could leave residents responsible for any resulting damage to property.
- Do not cover or place brush too close to backflows, mailboxes, water meter boxes, valves, electrical boxes, cable, or telecommunication pedestals. Please clear any obstacles and provide a safe distance from your pile and the utility devices to avoid service disruptions.
- Please make sure brush piles are as close to the road as possible, as the contractor cannot go on to the private property. However, please do not place brush on the street, which would create a safety concern.
- Please allow at least two feet or more of clearance between your property fence and brush piles, as we do not want the contractor damaging personal property. Some brush may not be picked up if the piles are too close.