Yard Waste Recycling

Upcoming curbside collection:

View some of the Frequently Asked Questions regarding this collection.

Current Brush Collection Areas 

Week 1: Completed

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 the City Council voted in favor of providing $200,000 in funding for the March nor’easter tree and brush debris collection. The Public Works Department will begin to collect tree and brush during the week of May 7, 2018.

Storm debris to be collected should be 14 inches in diameter or less and does not need to be bundled or cut to specific length or dimensions. Trees, tree branches and brush will be collected; small twigs can be bagged in biodegradable bags only. The City will not collect tree stumps, leaves, grass clippings or construction debris.

Residents should stack the tree and brush debris at the edge of the road as neatly as possible and should be careful not to obstruct the roadway or sidewalks. City employees will not enter private property to gather the debris.

This special brush collection will be conducted during the regularly scheduled brush cleanup. Brush will be collected in a systematic manner; it will not be scheduled per the Sanitation routes, and therefore will not be collected in conjunction with residents' trash/recycling pickup day. 

The originally scheduled leaf collection for the dates below are on schedule and will be picked up on residents' regular trash/recycling collection day.

Leaf Collection: Week of April 23-27,2018 and Week of April 30-May 4, 2018

Brush only: Week of October 22-26, and December 3-7, 2018
Leaf Collection: Week of October 29- November 30, 2018

**Curbside leaf and brush collection (excluding the special brush collection beginning May 7) will be the same day as your regular trash pickup**

The Solid Waste Management Division offers 2 options for disposing of yard waste, Curbside Collection (during specific weeks), and Leaf Drop-Off (at our Yard Waste Facility on Dudley Road:

What is yard waste and brush?

  • Yard waste is defined as leaves, grass, and non-woody organic garden waste only. Yard waste does not include sod, dirt, sand, gravel, or rocks. 
  • Brush is wood waste from bushes and trees that is less than 4 inches in diameter, and no greater than 4 feet in length.

Yard Waste Facility Hours of Operation

The facility is open seasonally
**The Yard Waste Facility will be opening for the 2018 season on Friday, April 6.**

Fridays and Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sundays, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Located on Dudley Road (turn right out of the Recycling Drop-off Center driveway and the yard waste facility entrance is your first left).

Contact us for facility opening and closing dates at 508-532-6001.

How should I dispose of yard waste and brush at the curb?
The Solid Waste Division conducts annual curbside collection of yard waste and brush during the spring and fall. All curbside yard waste and brush collections take place only on the weeks designated and only on your regular trash collection day for that week. A separate collection vehicle is dispatched to collect only yard waste and brush during the following designated collection weeks.

Preparing your yard waste and brush for curbside pickup
Leaves, grass clippings, plant waste, and light trimmings too small to bundle: use paper leaf bags or reusable containers marked “yard waste”. Bags and containers cannot exceeded 40 pounds and 35 gallons.

Brush (sticks, twigs, branches, and shrubs): Pieces cannot exceed 4 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length. Bundle and tie with string or twine (no wire), or place in a reusable container marked "yard waste". Bundles and any yard waste or brush not conforming to these guidelines will not be collected and will be left at the curb.

Note: Yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected.

Yard Waste Facility

Residents may bring yard waste (brush and leave / grass / plant waste) to the Framingham yard waste facility, located on Dudley Road (turn right out of the Recycling Drop-off Center driveway and the yard waste facility entrance is your first left).


  • Residents must have a valid recycling center permit to use the yard waste facility.
  • The Facility is for residential use only - no commercial loads!

Preparing Yard Waste For Drop Off

Please make sure your materials are separated by the following guidelines and placed in the appropriately marked areas:

Leaves, grass, plant waste, and small light trimmings:
  • Transport in bags or containers only
  • Paper bags only may be left on site
  • Containers and plastic bags must be emptied and removed from the facility
Brush (branches, sticks, twigs and shrubs):
  • Must be 4 inches or less in diameter and 4 feet or shorter in length
  • No logs or stumps
  • Transport loose or in containers
  • All containers and bags must be emptied and removed
Christmas Trees
  • Dropped off as brush only when the facility is open
  • Must be free of tinsel and decorations
Can I also take my kitchen scraps to the City composting site?
No. Only yard waste, leaves, grass, and brush are accepted at the City Yard Waste Drop-Off; household food waste is not accepted.

If you are interested in composting food waste at home, consider constructing or purchasing a home composting bin. Compost bins are available at the recycling center (while supplies last).

Screened composted and wood mulch are both sold in bulk quantities -$20/cubic yard or $10 to fill your 35 gallon container.

Framingham residents are welcomed to take unscreened compost for free using a vehicle with a valid recycling center permit.