Residential Branch Pick-Up
The City of Victoria provides a branch chipping service to help residents remove tree branches from their yard.
Residential Branch Chipping Completed
The residential branch pick-up program has been completed in all neighbourhoods. Thank you to all residents who participated in the program. Victoria residents can drop off leaf and garden waste for free year-round at the City of Victoria Public Works Yard. See below for more details.
Preparing Your Branch Pile
Looking for more tips? Check out this video!
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.
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 size between 2.5 cm/1" to 25 cm/10" in diameter only will be picked up
- 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!
Before pruning, please consult the City's Tree Preservation Bylaw [PDF - 122 KB] for guidance.
Why is the minimum 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. Public Works only accepts up to 4” diameter branches on the weekends. Click here for more information on garden waste drop-off.Go to Top