Earth Friendly: Limb pick up tips

By Kate Garcia
June 6, 2013 at 1:06 a.m.

If I learned one thing in any science class I have ever been in, it's that Sir Isaac Newton did not invent the Fig Newton cookies.

While he may not be famous for the fruit-filled cookie, he is famous for saying, "What goes up must come down."

That same Newtonian rule applies to tree limbs - whether you cut them down or they fall on their own. The great thing is that here in Victoria, we offer a service to each city resident to collect tree limbs that have either fallen in your yard or you have trimmed from your tree. All you have to do is give us a call.

Here are a few tips and tricks to make the collection process quick and easy:

Call before stacking limbs at the curb. There are a few options to consider before piling those limbs up.

The most inexpensive and convenient way to have your limbs collected is to make sure the trucks are scheduled to be in your area. This way, you'll avoid the service fees for special trips if the trucks are not scheduled to be in your area.

In the chance you forgot to call and the trucks are not scheduled in your area, you may need to relocate the limbs to behind your house (because of the new ordinance).

If you'd rather have the limbs collected instead of relocating them and the trucks are not scheduled in your area, you can pay a little extra to have the limbs collected. Fees include $20 service fee plus $1.50 for every minute it takes to load the truck charged to your water bill.

You can also haul the limbs yourself to the compost facility, Garden-ville, for a fee. Call 361-897-1500 for costs.

Be sure the resident calling to schedule the pickup is the same as the resident listed on the water bill.

Limbs should be placed 5 feet or more from obstacles such as mailboxes, gates, garbage/recycle carts, buildings, cars, etc.

The city is divided into areas. At the time of scheduling a limb collection, ask and take note of which area you are in. This will help you with future planning.

Any type of lumber or wooden construction materials are not accepted in the tree limb collection. That type of material must be placed out for our large item collection service.

Limb collection isn't a complicated science. Learning these few helpful tips and tricks will help with the heartache and hassle involved with removing limbs from your yard.

For more information for this service or any other city services, please visit and follow the Environmental Services link. You can also call 361-485-3220 or visit us on Facebook by searching Victoria Environmental Services.

To view the referenced city ordinance, visit, follow the city secretary link and select the Victoria City Code and Charter link. Under ordinance No. 2013-1, click Sec. 13-174 in the far right "Amended Sections" column.

Kate Garcia is the interim programs coordinator for the city of Victoria, Environmental Services.



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