Storm Debris Removal

Trees touching a power line must be reported by calling 512-322-9100.

Small branches  

If your branches are no longer than 5 feet and no thicker than 3 inches in diameter, they are small branches and can be set out with your weekly composting collection.

Set out process and guidelines

  • Place small branches and yard trimmings into the green composting cart and make sure the lid fully closes.
  • Excess material can be placed in lawn and leaf bags or a reusable container and set out beside the cart on the next scheduled collection day.
  • Small branches (no longer than five feet and no thicker than three inches in diameter) that do not fit into the green cart with the lid closed should be stacked into manageable bundles no heavier than 30 pounds and placed beside the cart.
  • Typically, ARR will collect the contents of your green cart and up to 15 extra items placed beside the cart but item limits will be temporarily waived for storm debris collection.  

Large branches and limbs  

If your branches are longer than 5 feet, they are large branches and will require a special storm debris collection. 

ARR customers can call 3-1-1 (or 512-974-2000) to request a collection of large tree limbs due to the storm. Limbs should be at the curb ready for collection. ARR crews will assess and collect them as soon as possible.

Set out process and guidelines

  • Branches and limbs should be between 5 and 15 feet in length. Branches and limbs longer than 15 feet should be cut down.
  • Tree trunks thicker than 8 inches in diameter should be cut down to 3 feet long or less. 
  • Stack loosely along the curb in one row, not more than 15 feet across and no higher than 4 feet, with cut ends facing the street.
  • Do not block the sidewalk or extend into the street. 
  • To prevent damage to your property, keep items 5 feet away from your trash cart, mailbox, fences or walls, water meter, telephone connection box and parked cars. Do not place any items under low-hanging tree limbs or power lines. 

Storm debris drop off

Austin and Travis County residents also have the option to drop off large branches and limbs at the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant.

Help is available   

Residents with physical limitations or financial needs requiring help cleaning up winter storm debris can request volunteer assistance through the Austin Disaster Relief Network. Complete this form: