Curbside Brush Collection and Free Mulch Program

Weekly Curbside Brush Pickup by Advanced Disposal


For regular weekly brush pickup, residents should utilize the UNLIMITED quantity yard waste pickup program offered by Advanced Disposal, which occurs on your regularly scheduled garbage pickup day. Click on the following link for more information on the Advanced Disposal yard waste pickup program: Advanced Disposal Yard Waste Program

Twice Per Year Curbside Pickup by Public Works


The Village's Curbside Brush Collection is a FREE service offered to Cary residents to assist them with their landscape maintenance. The program is designed to dispose of large branches and tree limbs that cannot be collected through regular refuse collection.

Program Guidelines


Pickup occurs TWICE PER YEAR; once in the spring (May) and once in the fall (October) on the following schedule:

May 2018

    • North & East of Route 14:  Collection begins the week of Monday,

      May 14, 2018

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    • South & West of Route 14:  Collection begins the week of Monday,

      May 21, 2018

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October 2018

    • North & East of Route 14:  Collection begins the week of Monday,

      October 1, 2018

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    • South & West of Route 14:  Collection begins the week of Monday,

      October 8, 2018

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THIS PROCESS MAY TAKE MORE THAN  ONE WEEK TO COMPLETE depending on volume. Only ONE PASS is made through each area. NO CALLBACKS will be allowed. If brush is placed at the curb after Village staff have completed their routes, it will not be picked up. Branches and limbs must be on the curb By 7 a.m. on the designated MONDAY for your area that the program begins.

Volume & Brush Size Requirements

  • In order to maintain program efficiency, the volume guidelines are strictly adhered to. The volume of brush placed on the parkway for pickup must not be larger than what can fit into the back of a standard pickup truck. This size is equivalent to 8'L x 4'H x 4'D. The MINIMUM length of brush that can be accepted is 4'L. This is a safety requirement because the brush is put directly into a chipper.
  • All brush must be stacked neatly with the cut ends facing the street. Please be careful not to block the sidewalk or the street. If limbs are too long, place them parallel to the curb, separate from the pile.
  • Smaller twigs, brush and thorny material are to be bundled or put into the appropriate container or yard waste bags as part of your regular refuse collection day pickup. Root balls cannot be accepted as part of the brush pickup program.

Special Brush Pickup Program


Brush that exceeds the Village Yard Waste Bag and Curbside Brush Pickup Programs can be disposed of through our Special Pickup Program. To utilize this service, residents must fill out the Special Pickup Form and agree to pay $200/hour, with a minimum charge of $50 for Village staff to pick up and chip the brush on-site. A written quote will be provided by a Public Works staff member prior to the work being done. The fee must be paid in full at Village Hall prior to the brush pickup. Residents also have the option to take their brush to Algonquin Township's disposal site themselves. You may contact Algonquin Township at (847) 639-2700 or visit their website at www.algonquintownship.com for more information regarding their disposal site, hours of operation and the availability of free mulch. 

Free Wood Chips


Wood chips that are produced from the Curbside Brush Pickup Program can be obtained for free at the Public Works Facility, 454 Cary Woods Circle. If free finely ground mulch is desired (as opposed to the larger wood chips), Algonquin Township may offer a supply to residents.
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