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Brush Department

The City of Seguin is divided into 5-zones that allows the Brush Department to provide brush pick up to residential and commercial customers on a five (5) week rotating schedule.  The brush schedule is subject to change due to emergencies, inclement weather, equipment failure or manpower.

ATTENTION  ****NORMAL BRUSH ROUTES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED****
Public Works is focused full force on clean up efforts from Hurricane Harvey


Resident Drop Off:
City of Seguin residents can drop off tree and vegetation debris from the storm at the Wave Pool Parking lot starting Monday, August 28, 2017
  • Bring proof of residency (driver's license with current address or a utility bill)
  • Community pile will be open 7 AM to 7 PM every day
Residential Pick Up (following Hurricane Harvey): 
  • Crews have started on the southwest side of the city, south of the river and are moving clockwise around the city
  • Please place all brush at the usual spot (near where your garbage/recycle is picked up)
  • If you miss the first sweep of pick up by the city, the crews have not forgotten you and will return to pick up on the next sweep
  • National Tree Experts are assisting the city in clean up efforts and have already starting pick up in the center of the city between King Street, Court Street, Austin Street and Kingsbury Street
Tree and Limb Removal:
If you have damaged trees or limbs hanging over the street, city crews will be removing them within 6 feet of the streets edge.  Crews cannot go onto private property, but they can cut down and remove hanging limbs and trees within the right-of-way

Brush zones and schedule links are below:

 
The following information is provided as a reference for the citizens of the City of Seguin (City), who will be utilizing the brush pickup service.  This information is a summary of the most frequently asked questions concerning brush pickup, and is the official City of Seguin’s brush pickup guidelines.
 
Brush Definition 
Tree and shrub trimmings and prunings which have been pruned or fallen onto the premises to which brush pickup service by the city is to be provided.  Brush shall not include trash, garbage, yard trimmings, leaves, banana plants, palm leaves, or any other debris not specifically addressed in the official city policy.  Nor does the service include the removal of trees and brush which has resulted from the clearing of land by heavy equipment, i.e. bulldozers etc.
 
Mulch Definition
Mulch shall mean brush that is chipped by the City of Seguin Brush Department, which was generated by Seguin residents during normal monthly brush pick up services or from emergency cleanup events such as floods, wind storms, ice storms, etc. (08-08-12)
 
Frequency of Collection
Brush pickup service shall be provided to each applicable residential and commercial premise once every five (5) weeks.  A pickup schedule has been established and includes five city pickup zones in which the Brush Department shall operate for approximately one week.  The pickup schedule will be published on the City’s website, and television cable channel, and in the interest of ensuring brush collection for the entire city in a timely manner, the Brush Department shall not normally deviate from the established schedule.  No collection of brush will normally occur on Saturday, Sunday or holidays observed by the City.  Brush shall be placed at the curbside no later than 7:00 a.m. on the Monday of the scheduled collection week, reasonably contained.
 
Brush Parameters
Brush shall be limited to five (5) feet in length, twelve (12) inches in diameter (this is the maximum diameter that our chippers can accept), and forty (40) pounds in weight for any single branch.
 
Brush Pile Duration
The City allots 15 minutes of brush pickup for every residential and commercial property within the City limits.  When the monthly brush pickup at any location exceeds the allotted 15 minutes, the Brush Department will provide the resident with a door hanger informing them of this policy.  The resident will have the option of paying the established fee rate for the additional pile pickup or have the pile removed during the next scheduled pick up, assuming the remaining pile does not exceed the 15 minute allotment.  If the pile does exceed the next scheduled pickup allotment, the resident will be notified and will have the option of paying for the remaining pile to be removed or be assessed the established fee rate on their next utility bill.
 
Emergency Brush Pickup
The Brush Department may deviate from its pickup schedule and working hours in the event of the excessive accumulation of brush debris resulting from a severe weather event or other event.  The need for and terms of such a schedule deviation shall be determined by the City Council.
 
Location of Collection
Brush shall be placed at the customer's street curb line or at the edge of the paved street surface if sanitation service is normally provided on a city street adjacent to the customer's premises.  In the instance in which sanitation service is normally provided in an alley adjacent to a customer's premises, brush shall be placed at the customer's property line adjoining the city alley.  Brush will be picked up at no other location, and in no case shall Brush Department crews enter private property to cut or remove brush debris.
 
Condition and Content of Brush
Brush accumulated for pickup by city crews shall contain only brush and shall specifically exclude garbage, trash, bamboo, palm leaves or cactus, leaves and lawn clippings.  The customer shall be solely responsible for ensuring that such excluded materials are not mixed with the accumulated brush.  Mixed brush will not be picked up by city crews.  Brush accumulated for pickup shall be piled as neatly as possible at the designated location.
 
The customer should understand that accumulation of brush in a manner which restricts the city's access or in any way causes additional removal time, may result in additional charges to the customer.  The city will only pickup brush which originated at the premises on which the brush debris is accumulated for pickup.  Brush/log piles that exceed parameters, a door hanger will be left at the door notifying the owner, a allowing the owner ten (10) days to remove the brush/logs.
 
Charges for Brush Collection
In the event the city's designated Brush Department representative estimates that the time required for removal of brush from a particular residence or commercial establishment will exceed fifteen (15) minutes in duration, additional charges shall be levied to cover the cost of city work hours and equipment time.  Prior to removing the brush, the city representative shall contact the appropriate property owner, resident, occupant or responsible authority to seek authorization to proceed with brush removal which exceeds fifteen (15) minutes in duration.  The fee is established in "Appendix C" of the City of Seguin Code of Ordinances.
 
Subsequent to the removal of brush from the customer's premises, the city's representative shall determine the actual work time taken, and a corresponding charge shall be levied on the customer's utility bill for each additional fifteen (15) minute period of actual work time required for brush removal.  Charges shall not be prorated for periods of less than fifteen (15) minutes.
 
Residential Use of Mulch
Free mulch is available to Seguin residents at the Mulch Pickup Area, located at 634 Fred Byrd Drive.  The Seguin resident must reside inside the city limits.  Residents may take as much mulch as is readily available during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; however, resident must load on their own and bring their own tools.

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