Vegetative Waste

Vegetative Collection (Single-family, residential customers)

 Vegetation is collected once a week. The collection day for vegetation is the same day as your current recycling day.

Vegetative waste include:

  • Leaves
  • Grass clippings
  • Small shrubbery or bush cuttings
  • Branches
  • Palm fronds
  • Tree limbs

Vegetative waste is included in the curbside services and is collected from the swale area or edge of pavement and must not be mixed with non-vegetative waste or bulk items. Vegetation can be placed curbside, either bundled and/or bagged (not in cans or any other storage bin). To avoid damage, do not place vegetative waste adjacent to a mailbox, utility pole, water/gas meter, on a storm drain, bicycle path, sprinkler head, near/under trees, cable/utility lines, or further than 6 feet from the paved edge of the street. In addition, vegetative waste should be placed a minimum of 5 feet away from other garbage containers.

To avoid damage, please do not place vegetative waste adjacent to a mailbox or utility pole nor a storm drain, water or gas meter, bicycle path, sprinkler head, or farther than 6 feet from the paved edge of the street.  Don’t place on your driveway as damage could result from the collection equipment. The City is not responsible for damage or repairs to your driveway or any other property.

Utility/Power Line or Obstruction Notice 

Any items placed under a utility/power line, tress, limbs, or any other obstruction, will not be collected.

Size Limitation 

Vegetative waste such as tree trimmings and palm fronds cannot exceed 4 inches in diameter and 5 feet in length. Anything larger must be cut to guidelines or disposed of by the owner/tenant at the Solid Waste Authority’s disposal site. Call 866-792-4636 for drop off locations and fees, or visit Solid Waste Authority.

Pay for Pickup Option 

We continue to offer the “Pay for Pickup Option” which allows residents to make arrangements for bulk items or vegetative waste to be picked up on unscheduled collection days for a fee. Only acceptable/non-hazardous materials can be collected using this option.

A minimum fee of $125.15 will be charged for items measuring up to 2 cubic yards (e.g., a washer and dryer). Anything over that will require an additional charge of $27.61 per cubic yard. For more information or to schedule a pickup, please contact our Sanitation Department at 561-416-3367.

Statement of Responsibility

As stated by the City’s Code of Ordinances, the City is not responsible for the removal of any vegetative waste created by a private company or Construction & Demolition (C&D) debris of any kind. This includes any material left at the curb by hired landscapers.

For a list of companies franchised in the City of Boca Raton for C&D removal, please visit Solid Waste Franchise Information.