Chipper Day

About the Program

For many years Fire Safe Marin has sponsored “chipper days” that allow residents to dispose of flammable vegetation free of charge. In 2020, with funding support from the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA), Fire Safe Marin greatly expanded its program to provide curbside chipping services to most of Marin.

Building on the success of our 2020 and 2021 programs, in 2022 most Marin residents can expect two opportunities for curbside pickup.

2022 Chipper program has officially opened, scheduled registration info is now available.

Pre-Register* for Chipper Day

*Pre-registration is required.

Important Information

To participate in the program you MUST book a reservation no later than the Friday preceding the week of your neighborhood’s scheduled service.

Piles are required to be ready at the curb by 8:00 AM Monday and will be picked up by Friday of the same week.

Reservations are given on a first come first served basis. When capacity is reached, registrants will be placed on a waitlist. Waitlisted reservations will not receive a pickup. If space opens, those reservations may be added and residents will receive a confirmation email indicating they have been moved off of the waitlist. 

Watch our video with tips on making a proper chipper “pile” for pick-up at your home.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much material will you take?

Your pile must not exceed 20 feet x 4 feet x 4 feet. Piles with unpermitted items or any portion of a pile greater than 20 x 4 x 4 feet may be left behind and will become the resident’s responsibility to remove.

What CAN go in the chipper?

  • Tree limbs up to 8” in diameter.
  • Shrubs, brush, limbs, woody bushes, broom, cypress, juniper, firewood, etc.

What will NOT be taken for the safety of our crews?

  • Trash, poison oak, blackberry brambles, construction materials, lumber, regular yard waste, leaves, lawn clippings, bamboo roots, roots with dirt, rocks, or gravel
  • Bagged or tied material of any kind

What WILL be taken but can’t be put in the chipper?

Palm fronds, bamboo, pampas grass – place next to pile

When will my pile be picked up?

Your pile will be picked up by Friday at the latest (we are unable to provide a specific pickup day).

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