Storm cleanup: Where to get rid of branches, trees, and other natural wood

Photo by Burlington Free Press

The storm system that blew through Vermont last night left many Chittenden County backyards and neighborhoods strewn with woody debris, from branches to entire trees. It also left local residents with the task of finding a way to get rid of them.

Fortunately, there are a number of local drop-off facilities that accept natural wood. But before you start piling downed trees and branches into your truck bed, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. Keep wood separate from leaves & yard debris
    Wood and leaves are often accepted at the same facilities, but they must be dropped off separately. (They are taken to different destinations.) Shorten your trip time by separating wood and leaves before you arrive.
  2. Make sure your wood is under the size requirements
    The maximum length for branches & tree trunks is 6 feet, with a maximum diameter of 24 inches. If the wood in your yard exceeds these dimensions, cut it down to size before you load up.
  3. Make sure your load isn’t too big for the facility
    Each facility has different space availability, and a different limit on the amount of wood accepted. (See the facility list below.)
  4. Secure your load
    Driving with a load of branches and other natural wood can be dangerous, if they are not properly secured. Cover your load with a tarp and/or strap it down to make sure that wood doesn’t become an obstacle for other drivers.

When you’re ready, bring your wood to any of the following facilities. Don’t forget to check the quantity limits before you go.

Facilities

McNeil Wood & Yard Waste Depot (Preferred)

Location: 111 Intervale Rd., Burlington, VT 05401
Hours (until mid-November): Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat 8am – 4pm.
[McNeil will also open on Wednesday, November 1st, 8am-4pm in support of post-storm cleanup.]
Cost: No charge; no quantity limit.


CSWD Drop-Off Center – Williston

Location: 1492 Redmond Rd.
Hours: Mon – Sat 8am – 3:30pm.
Cost: No charge for up to 6 cubic yards; $5 per yard after limit.


CSWD Drop-Off Center – Milton

Location: 36 Landfill Rd. (off Rte. 7)
Hours: Mon 9:30am – 5pm; Fri – Sat 8am – 3:30pm.
Cost: No charge for up to 3 cubic yards; $10 per yard after limit.


CSWD Drop-Off Center – Essex

Location: 218 Colchester Rd.
Hours: Tues 9:30am – 5pm; Wed – Sat 8am – 3:30pm.
Cost: No charge for up to 3 cubic yards; $10 per yard after limit.


CSWD Drop-Off Center – South Burlington

Location: 87 Landfill Rd. (off Patchen Rd.)
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat 8am – 3:30pm; Fri 9:30am – 5pm.
Cost: No charge for up to 3 cubic yards; $10 per yard after limit.


CSWD Drop-Off Center – Richmond

Location: 80 Rogers Ln. (off Rte. 117)
Hours: Tues, Sat 8am – 3:30pm; Thurs 9:30am – 5pm.
Cost: No charge for up to 3 cubic yards; $10 per yard after limit.

Jonny
Jonny
Marketing & Communications Manager at CSWD
Jonny joined CSWD in 2014 after several years abroad where he ran websites, film projects, classrooms, and half marathons. Originally from Virginia, he was drawn to Vermont's strong sense of community, apple cider, and the search for Champ.