Brush Pickup

Quarterly Curbside Brush Collection Program

The City of Portage operates a brush collection program that includes the quarterly collection of loose brush during the months of January, April, July and October.  The program also includes the collection of Christmas trees in January and bagged leaves/ornamental grasses in April.  For collection purposes, the city is divided into four collection zones. View the collection zone map.

September/ October 2021 Brush Collection

Zone 1
Week of September 27
Zone 2
Week of October 4
Zone 3
Week of October 11
Zone 4
Week of  October 18

Program Reminders

  • Residents are asked to place brush at the curbside by 7 a.m. on the designated Monday for the collection zone.  Branches should be between 4 and 6 feet long and less than 3 inches in diameter.  Each street will be cleared one time and each zone will be cleared within its designated week. Crews will not return to pick up items placed out late.
  • Crews make every effort to minimize lawn damage resulting from the use of heavy equipment for the collection process. To assist crews and avoid potential damage to lawns, residents are asked to please move brush to the edge of the curb on the Monday of your collection week. 
  • Brush may also be placed directly onto the street, but must not obstruct traffic or pedestrian use of the roadway. A small amount of debris may be left after the brush is removed; citizens are asked to assist with the clean up the leftover debris.
  • Residents are reminded that collection of materials in each zone BEGINS on Monday. Materials may not be collected on Monday; however, each zone will be cleared of materials by the end of the designated collection week.

What Will Not Be Collected?

  • Brush and branches generated from the removal of a tree with a trunk greater than 4 inches in diameter.
  • No parts of a whole tree removed will be collected.  
  • Brush and branches generated from a professional tree removal services.
  • Firewood, lumber, timber, building materials or railroad ties.
  • Roots, tree stumps, yew branches, or vines.
  • Grass clippings, flowers, weeds, garden materials, leaves, or ornamental grasses.
  • Items placed at curbside after 7 a.m. on Monday of the designated week.

Note: The Quarterly Curbside Brush Collection Program is not performed for commercial establishments, churches or schools or on private streets (unless every property owner on a private street has signed an indemnification form). Please contact the Department of Public Works at (269) 329-4444 with any questions.