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The City does not accept tree limbs or any yard waste. However, there are some local businesses that do accept yard waste and tree limbs for recycling. Those businesses include: 

Mulch is placed in the bins at the locations listed below each week. Specific times and/or days of the week are not scheduled. If the bin(s) are empty, residents must check again on another day. Community members may take as much mulch as they need; not for commercial businesses.

  1. The City's Timberline Recycling Center (1903 S. Timberline Rd.)
  2. Gardens on Spring Creek (2145 Centre Ave.)

There are three options:

  1. You can have a company come to your house and chip all the wood and then use the mulch yourself, or have that company haul it away.
  2. You can take all the wood to the Larimer County Landfill to have it buried. You need to let them know it's infested wood, so please contact them at 970-498-5760 to find out what to do when you get to the landfill.
  3. You can strip the bark from the wood, and then use the wood as you wish; but this is a tedious process and may not be worth the work. In addition, the bark would still have to be taken to the landfill.

The City cannot offer any legal advice or financial assistance to residents if trees are on private property but do not pose a significant safety risk to the public right-of-way.

If the City of Fort Collins Forestry Division determines a private tree is a risk to public safety, the City will send a Notice To Remove that requires the property owner to remove the tree(s) within a reasonable time frame. The definition of ‘risk to public safety’ means that if the tree were to fall, it could reach public property, (street, sidewalk, park or any City-owned public use property) and cause significant damage.