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Tips: how to dispose of trees and branches damaged in storm
Tips: how to dispose of trees and branches damaged in storm

Denver Forestry and Xcel Energy offer the following advice:

Removing snow from trees:

* Check to make sure the tree is safe and clear of all utility lines prior to removing snow; do not attempt to shake snow off of a tree if a utility line is going through it.
* If the tree is clear of utility lines, using a broom, remove as much snow as possible from branches.
*Do not attempt to climb tree or use ladder to reach higher limbs.

Fallen power lines:

* Sometimes branches heavy with snow take down power lines/cables. Stay clear of downed lines and report them immediately to Xcel Energy at 1-800-895-1999. If a power line has fallen onto a vehicle, stay away from the vehicle. Seek help immediately by calling 911.

Broken branches:

* Property owners are responsible for cleanup of debris from trees on private property and from trees within the public right of way adjacent to their property.
* Property owners are responsible for the pruning needs of private property trees and the pruning needs of trees within the public right-of-way adjacent to their property.
* If a tree limb is broken on a public right-of-way tree, or you have general questions about the condition of a public-right-of way tree, please contact Denver Forestry for assistance forestry@denvergov.org.
* For trees on private property, citizens can visit www.denvergov.org/forestry for a list of licensed and insured tree care contractors. It’s a wise practice to make sure any tree care contractor is licensed and insured.
* If emergency removal of a fallen branch is needed to clear a street, the city can assist though an established on-call contract, however the cost of the work will be billed to the responsible property owner.

Disposal of Tree Branches

* Denver Public Works Solid Waste Management collects a limited amount of branches as part of its regular trash collection service to residents.
* Branches must be no larger than 4 inches in diameter, and they must be cut into lengths of 4 feet or less, bundled and tied, and weigh no more than 40 pounds.
* Bundled branches can be set out with regular trash on your scheduled trash collection day. For more information about branch disposal visit www.Denvergov.org/Trash


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