Residential Branch Chipping

The City of Victoria provides a branch chipping service to help residents remove tree branches from their yard.

The branch chipping program is now complete for 2017. There will be a branch pick-up service in early 2018. Details will be posted here.

Branches can also be dropped off at the Public Works Yard every Saturday (excluding statutory holidays) from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn more about Garden Waste Drop-off here. City trucks make one pass down a street.

Branch Chipping Tips

  • Please note that only tree branches can be chipped and collected. All other yard waste can be taken to the Public Works Yard for disposal. 
  • Tree branches must be between 2.5 cm and 25 cm (1" and 10") in diameter for chipping.
  • Each legal household in Victoria is allowed one tree branch pile, limited to 1.2 x 1.2 x 1.8 metres (4 x 4 x 6 feet). This is the approximate amount that a half-ton pick-up truck can hold.
  • Branches should be loosely stacked with their cut ends together.
  • Branches should not be placed in bags or boxes or tied with string or wire.
  • If your property does not have a boulevard, the branch piles can be placed on public or private property behind the sidewalk or in the driveway behind the sidewalk. Please do not place branch piles on the sidewalk or roadway. Piles left in rear laneways will not be chipped.

Please do not include:

Shrubs and plants, ivy clippings, holly, blackberry canes, rose canes, morning glory, garden refuse, compost, lawn clippings, loose leaves, soil, rocks, roots, stumps, construction lumber, and material from commercial tree contractors.

Invasive species contaminate the chipped mulch, causing it to be unusable in garden beds. Many of the other items pose a safety risk to crews and can damage the machinery. Thank you for your cooperation!

Preparing Your Branch Pile

Looking for more tips? Check out this video!

Pruning

Before pruning, please consult the City's Tree Preservation Bylaw [PDF - 122 KB] for guidance.

FAQs

Why is the maximum branch diameter 2.5cm?
Tree branches smaller than 2.5 cm (1”) in diameter (twigs) clog the chute of the chipping machine making it difficult to chip larger branches. Branches larger than 25 cm (10”) in diameter are too large to fit into the chipping machine.

What items are not accepted for chipping? 
Items that are not accepted for chipping include: tree branches less than 2.5 cm (1") in diameter or more than 25 cm (10") in diameter, shrubs and plants, ivy clippings, holly, blackberry canes, rose canes, morning glory, garden refuse, compost, lawn clippings, loose leaves, soil, rocks, roots, stumps, construction lumber, and material from commercial tree contractors.

Leaf and Garden Waste Drop-Off

Victoria residents can drop off leaf and garden waste for free year-round at the City of Victoria Public Works Yard, 417 Garbally Road, Saturdays, from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. (This service is not available on statutory holidays.) Please bring a utility bill or a driver's licence showing that you live in the City of Victoria. For more information click here.