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Roadside brush collection continues as part of ice storm cleanup

Status Update
City of Hamilton crews are continuing to work six days a week to undertake ice storm cleanup activities. As of Friday, April 11th, the City has received about 14,700 tree damage calls with nearly 11,120 work orders being resolved (about 76% complete). About 1,550 oversized branch related work orders have been created (branches too big for waste collection and require chainsaws for removal).

Currently, there are 21 Forestry and Parks crews working on the clean-up plus an additional 8 contracted crews. Crews have been through all affected areas of the City at least once to pick up the oversized brush that was not buried by snow or frozen to the ground. They are starting to visit areas a second or third time to pick up the oversized brush that has been revealed now that the snow and ice has melted.

The deadline for residents to set out oversized and unbundled brush is May 20th.

Woodchips now available for pick-up

The City of Hamilton is making available free woodchips for residents to pick up at various park locations noted below. The woodchips are available to the end of May on a first come, first served basis and residents will be required to load the material themselves. Woodchips are also available to the public year-round, Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Forestry Operations Centre at 1301 Upper Ottawa Street.

Woodchip Locations:

  • Waterdown Memorial Park - Hamilton Avenue
  • Courtcliffe Park – Carlisle Road
  • Ancaster Community Park - Jerseyville Road West
  • Valley Park - Paramount Drive
  • Billy Sherring Park - Upper Sherman Avenue
  • Cherry Heights Park - Gateshead Crescent
  • Mark Graham Memorial Olympic Park – Scenic Drive

Helpful tips for residents
Residents who are able to cut and bundle their brush to four-foot lengths will have their brush collected as part of normal waste collection services. All other tree material will be collected at a later date by crews with chainsaws and chippers. Please ensure branches do not block sidewalks and roads.

The City is cautioning homeowners who are using contractors to address their private trees to ensure the contractor is a certified arborist who can demonstrate insurance against property damage and ensure they have a clearance certificate from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).

Low income seniors and persons with a disability may be eligible for help with yard clean up (no tree cutting available) through the City’s Helping Hands program. For more information, visit or call 905-546-3057.

Those seniors who do not qualify for the Helping Hands program may wish to contact Home Sweet Seniors, which is a favourably priced service provider dedicated to seniors. More information can be found at or by calling 289-880-CARE (2273). It is also recommended that if seniors call contractors for price quotes that they inquire if the company offers seniors discounts.

Street Tree Planting Program

Once the cleanup work is completed, Forestry staff will be focusing on replanting new trees to help replace those that were lost in the two 2013 storms. Residents who would like to participate in the City’s Street Tree Planting Program can get a free tree planted in the City-owned portion of their property. For more information about the program and eligibility criteria please call 905-546-CITY or go to

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