Residential Branch Chipping

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

2022 Residential Branch Chipping

Preparations are underway for the 2022 residential branch chipping program. To participate in the program, place branches on the grass boulevard by Monday, February 28 at 7 a.m. Please do not put out branches more than two weeks prior to the program start date.

Each household can have one branch pile no bigger than about 1 x 1 x 2.5 metres or 4 x 4 x 6 feet, which is about the amount a half-ton pickup truck can hold. Loosely stack branches between 2.5 cm/1" to 25 cm/10" in diameter only, with cut ends together. Trucks will make one pass down each street. 

Branches and other garden waste can also be dropped off at the Public Works Yard every Saturday (except statutory holidays) from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. (more details below).

Preparing Your Branch Pile

Looking for more tips? Check out this video!

Branch Pick-Up 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.

Please follow these tips:

  • Tree branches between 2.5 cm/1" to 25 cm/10" in diameter only will be picked up
  • Each household can have one branch pile no bigger than about 1 x 1 x 2.5 metres or 4 x 4 x 6 feet, which is about the amount a half-ton pickup 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 grass boulevard, the branch piles can be placed on public or private property behind the sidewalk or in the driveway behind the sidewalk, but 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, knotweed species, 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.

Pruning

Before pruning, please consult the City's Tree Protection Bylaw for guidance.

FAQs

Why is the minimum branch diameter 2.5 cm?
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, knotweed species, 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 branches and other 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. (except statutory holidays). Please bring a utility bill or driver's licence showing that you live in the City of Victoria. Public Works only accepts up to 4” diameter branches on the weekends. Click here for more information on garden waste drop-off.