Welcome to Chipper Day
We are happy to announce that FIRESafe MARIN, with Measure C funding from the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority, will conduct a curbside pickup chipper program in many areas throughout Marin in 2021.
We are conducting a curbside pickup chipper program to select areas throughout the County on a rotating basis during the year. Please note; piles are required to be ready at the curb by 8am Monday and will be picked up by Friday of the same week.
Enter your address below to see if there is an upcoming event that includes your address. If so, you can create a reservation for that event. Please read the Terms of Service before creating a reservation.
house number, street address, and ZIP Code are required
If there is nothing currently scheduled in your area please check back later in the season or signup to be notified of future events.
You may also use our interactive map to look up the dates of chipping events in your neighborhood. Click on the map icon to launch the Google My Maps application. Then hover over on the portion of the map where you live, click on the area, and the date(s) (format: M/DD) for upcoming events will be displayed.
Program Details & Preparation
Reservations are given on a first come first served basis. When capacity is reached, registrants will be placed on a wait list. Waitlisted reservations will not receive a pickup. If space opens, those reservations may be added and residents will receive a confirmation email indicated they have been moved off of the waitlist. As a reminder, pickup may be delayed until Friday due to volume.
Checkout the video to prepare for our chipping events.
Preparing for Chipper Day
Rules to Follow
Material in excess of 8” in diameter cannot be chipped. Suggested pile size is 10 feet x 4 feet x 4 feet. With one extra registration step, a resident can request the removal of piles longer than 15 feet.
Piles with unpermitted items or any portion of a pile greater than 10x4x4 feet that has not been pre-approved for removal may be left behind and will become the resident’s responsibility to remove.
Your pile must be within 5’ of a place where the truck can access the pile and turn around on a road. Do not place piles where they are blocking a roadway or driveway or within 10 feet of a utility pole or fire hydrant.
Please do not bag or tie up your vegetation.
Pile Size & Placement
Lay all vegetation in your 10'x4'x4' pile the same way with the base of the branch or plant facing toward the street (so that it can be easily picked up and placed in the chipper) at the curb by 8am Monday morning of the week of your event. Preferably piles should be on the uphill side of the drive or road if there is a slope.
Frequently Asked Questions
What CAN go in the chipper?
Tree limbs up to 8” in diameter.
Shrubs, brush, limbs, woody bushes, broom, cypress, juniper, firewood, etc.
What will NOT be taken for the safety of our crews?
Trash, poison oak, blackberry brambles, construction materials, lumber, regular yard waste, leaves, lawn clippings, bamboo roots, roots with dirt, rocks, or gravel
Bagged or tied material of any kind
What WILL be taken but can't be put in the chipper?
Palm fronds, bamboo, pampas grass - place next to pile
This program is in high demand, if you do not have a pile ready please try to cancel as this lets us move one of your neighbors off the waitlist.
If you would like to cancel an existing reservation, please follow the link below. Note, you will need your confirmation code to complete the cancellation process.