Residential Brush Collection

Regular yard waste such as yard clippings and leaves can be discarded in the trash cart (green lid). Avoid placing ricks, dirt, and other heavy items in the cart.

Bulk Brush Collection Options

Universal City provides three options to dispose of brush within the City. Please review the guidelines and applicable fees for each option.

***If you hire a contractor or professional service to trim your trees or rake leaves, then it is the responsibility of the contractor to dispose of the brush/leaves and can not leave for pickup.

OPTION 1 - WASTE MANAGEMENT BRUSH COLLECTION (no additional fee; residential only)

Waste Management Bulk brush collection will occur four times per year and is included in your waste services.

Bulk brush pickup will occur four times per year.
The scheduled dates for 2022 are:
  • March 28
  • April 25
  • October 24
  • November 28
waste management

If you have any questions regarding trash, recycling, or brush collection, please contact Waste Management.

Phone: 800-800-5804

Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

Chat: wm.com

Email: cssatex@wm.com

  1. Water Service & Billing Dept.

    Physical Address
    2150 Universal City Blvd
    Universal City, TX 78148

    Phone: 210-659-0333 Opt 2
    Fax: 210-659-7062


Please review the following guidelines to properly prepare brush for pickup.BrushDiagram

  • VERY IMPORTANT! All brush for collection must be at the curb by Monday at 7AM of the scheduled pickup week. Brush collection is limited to 6 cubic yards which includes both bags of leaves and cut limbs. 
  • Residents may begin placing brush at the curb for pickup on the Wednesday prior to collection date. Example: For the Monday, March 28th collection, residents may begin placing brush curbside as early as Wednesday, March 23rd.
  • Waste Management will begin collecting brush on Monday and work their way through the City collecting brush during the week. Once the collection truck leaves your area, it will not return so please have all brush curbside by the Monday scheduled to ensure you do not miss the collection.
  • In the event that WM does not collect all your bags/brush, they will return. Quite often, the collection trucks the collection trucks fill up and they have to switch out with an empty one to continue the route.
  • Brush collection is limited to 6 cubic yards which includes both bags of leaves and cut limbs; trees trimmed by a tree service company will not be picked up. Before hiring a company, ensure they will remove the brush at completion of the job.
  • Leaves should be bagged and weigh no more than thirty-five (35) pounds per bag. Trash bags should only contain leaves, grass clippings, and other similar materials. Rocks, gravel and soil should not be placed in trash bags. Small trimmings and grass clippings can also go in the twice weekly trash carts year-round.
  • Branches and limbs must be cut to 4ft. in length, no thicker than 6in. in diameter and bundled. Loose branches will not be picked up. WM workers lift branches into the trucks by hand. If they are not cut properly, they will not be able to collect.



OPTION 2 - SPRING/FALL CITY-WIDE CLEAN-UP EVENT  (no additional fee)

The clean-up event is a 10 day period in April and October for residents and to dispose of bulk trash and offer 30 mins. of free curbside brush chipping.

  • Residents may bring bulk waste to the Public Works yard for disposal
    • Universal City ID or utility bill is required
  • Curbside Chipping
    • 30 mins of free curbside chipping is available during the 10 days of the clean-up event during regular business hours
    • call Public Works to be placed on a curbside brush chipping 210-658-5364
    • free chipping up to 30 minutes only; fee may apply after 30 minutes
    • curbside chipping only, no chipping is done in alleys
    • Brush pile guidelines
      • stack brush neatly at the curb
      • limbs 8" in diameter or smaller; limbs 4' in length or longer (For safety, City crews cannot chip limbs shorter than 4')
      • We do not brush chip the following: bamboo, banana plants, cactus, lumber, palm tree leaves/bark, vines, thorny bushes or stumps/roots.


OPTION 3 - YEAR-ROUND CURBSIDE CHIPPING (fee applies; see below)

Year-round curbside chipping is available to residents for a fee.

  • curbside chipping only, no chipping is done in alleys
  • brush chipping performed on Fridays
  • $30 fee per 1/2 hour; $60 fee up to 1 hour (billed in 1/2 hour increments)
  • Authorization Form must be completed: Brush Chipping Form. Form is also available for pick-up at City Hall or Public Works office.
  • Brush pile guidelines
    • stack brush neatly at the curb
    • limbs 8" in diameter or smaller; limbs 4' in length or longer (For safety, City crews cannot chip limbs shorter than 4')
    • We do not brush chip the following: bamboo, banana plants, cactus, lumber, palm tree leaves/bark, vines, thorny bushes or stumps/roots.