Disposal Options

Types of Waste


What kinds of waste will you end up with?

Dead Wood


  • Dead branches from shrubs and trees
  • Dead shrubs
  • Dead trees
  • Leaves
  • Pine cones
  • Pine needles
  • Twigs

Green Wood


  • Branches
  • Brush
  • Firewood
  • Highly flammable shrubs and brush: juniper, arborvitae, bitterbrush and sage
  • Lawn and wild grasses
  • Trees

Disposal Options

Disposal options are ranked according to impact on safety, health and the environment, with 1 being the most preferred option and 4 being the least preferred option for each type of waste.
  Firewood Compost Mulch On-site Chipper
Landfill Outdoor Burning
Trees 6 inches or more
1       2 3
Trees less than 6 inches
1 2a 2a 2 3 4
Tree Branches
1 2a 2a 2 3 4
Brush   1a 1a 1 2 2
Poison Oak
        1  
Blackberry         1 2
Pine Cones
        1 2
Pine Needles
  1 1   2 3
Twigs & Bark
  1 1   2 3
Leaves   1 1   2 3
Grass   1 1   2 3
Firewood 1       2 3
Used Lumber & Plywood
           

Notes on Disposal Options Table


  • "1a" and "2a" refer to options for brush and branches after they have been chipped on site.
  • Pine needles compost best when they do not make up more than 20% of the total mix in your compost pile.
  • Outdoor burning is not allowed in some areas, is seasonally restricted in all areas, requires a permit some fire districts and must be attended at all times.