City of Lincoln
2008 Media Releases
As residents clean up from recent storms, the City is reminding residents of how to properly dispose fallen trees and branches. Different guidelines exist for trees on public property and those on private property.
Residents who have safety concerns about any fallen tree or branch should call the Lincoln Police non-emergency number at 441-6000. Residents who have downed utility lines or tree limbs resting on utility lines should contact the Lincoln Electric System at 888-365-2412.
Public trees are those that are in the public rights of way, generally between the sidewalk and the curb. Residents are encouraged to contact Community Forestry at 441-7035 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays to report damage to street trees. (Residents who have structural damage from a street tree should call the Lincoln Police non-emergency number at 441-6000.)
The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department is asking Lincoln residents to help clear fallen limbs from street trees on public rights of way. Small branches and limbs can be left for pick up by refuse haulers on the normal day of garbage service. For large limbs from public trees, Community Forestry staff will leave logs in the right of way next to the sidewalk, and these can be picked up by residents to use as firewood.
Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson said the Community Forestry handles nearly 2,500 calls a year regarding broken or fallen tree limbs. He said the assistance of the public can help the Department reduce fuel consumption and equipment operating costs.
All trees not on the public rights of way are the responsibility of the property owner. Waste haulers differ on requirements and collection fees for disposal of branches. In general:
Fees are charged at the two City disposal sites:
These sites are open weekdays from 6:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; Saturdays from 6:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sundays from 6:45 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 441-8102 or 441-8104 or see the City Web site, lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: landfill).
Tree debris also can be taken to Hofeling Enterprises, 2200 S. Folsom Ct. (438-8733), from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. weekdays. The charge is $10 per pickup load.
Low-income elderly and disabled residents who need help with debris removal can contact Kerry Dean at Lancaster County Juvenile Drug Court, 441-3858. All volunteers who are part of this program are supervised.
Yard waste (leaves, grass clipping) cannot be thrown away with regular trash. For information on yard waste disposal, see lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: yard waste).