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What to do with broken or fallen tree branches after this late May spring storm

Posted at 4:41 PM, May 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-21 23:38:43-04

DENVER — With all the wet, heavy snow that fell Monday into Tuesday, the biggest impact came from broken and fallen tree branches.

Hundreds of trees, many already with leaves, caved under the pressure and snapped.

One UPS driver described how he saw the downed branches "all over the neighborhood" as he drove his route through the Hilltop neighborhood, dodging fallen branches on 6th Avenue and other side streets.

But now that the storm has come and gone, what do you do with all the debris? And who is responsible? It matters where you live.

Denver7 has been sent information from the following municipalities on what to do now:


If a fallen tree or branch is blocking a street and needs to be removed, call 311.

The city’s Solid Waste Management does collect a limited amount of branches “as part of its regular extra trash collection service to residents,” according to a post on Nextdoor. The branches must but cut to four feet or less in length, and cannot be thicker than four inches in diameter. They must be bundled and tied, and not weigh more than 50 pounds. Up to ten bundles can be set out as part of regularly scheduled extra trash collection that happens every four weeks.

Denver residents can also dispose of their branches at the Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-Off center.


Because of the storm, the city has opened two sites for residents to drop off branches and debris. According to an email from the city, those are at Lowry Park and at the city mulch site north of Meadow Hills Golf Course at Hampden and Dawson Street.

Only tree and limb debris will be accepted. For more information call 303-739-7177.

Adams County

A tweet from the Adams County government page read: "Free debris drop-off for Adams County residents who have damaged trees or broken branches starts tomorrow, May 22, through Sunday, May 26, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Riverdale Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton. Not available to commercial landscapers or businesses."


“Brighton residents may call the city’s Parks and Open Space Department at 303-655-2054 to make an appointment to drop limbs off at the city’s free limb disposal site (Brighton residents only, no contractors),” according to a news release from the city.


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