The city will clear brush and leaves from Hillsdale residents’ homes throughout the month of April, according to the City of Hillsdale department of public services.
Brush collection will begin Monday, April 4. City residents must place brush at their curbs before 7 a.m. on April 4 for the city to collect.
“Brush is defined as woody material that can be run through a wood chipper to make mulch,” said Director of Public Services Jake Hammel. “Ornamental plants, vegetable plants, flowers, and grasses are not brush, and they need to be put with the leaves and grass.”
The city will not collect stumps, large tree trunks, stones, or dirt. Brush should be kept away from utility poles, fire hydrants, telephone service pedestals, and water shut-off valves.
Hammel asked that residents separate the brush from leaves, grass, and compostable material.
“My staff does not have time to dig through mixed piles,” he said.
The DPS will clear spring leaves beginning Monday, April 11, at 7 a.m.
“Collection is intended for residential scale only and is not intended for commercial properties or those clearing vacant or overgrown land,” DPS said on their website. “No brush from outside the city is allowed to be placed at the curb.”
The City of Hillsdale will open its brush site on Waterworks Avenue to city residents for brush disposal on Monday, April 4. The site will operate from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Brush and leaf collection occurs in both fall and spring seasons.
Hillsdale resident and Assistant Professor of Education Catherine Kuiper responded to the city’s announcement.
“I guess it’s time to chop up the Christmas tree,” she said.