Chipping Program

​SEASONAL CURBSIDE CHIPPING

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2022 Chipping Area Schedule:

The chipping crew will attempt to chip any remaining pile in any neighborhood during the week of 10/19 to 10/25. The last day to make a request for the 2022 chipping season is 10/10/2022.

The Chipping Crew is also a Fire Crew and can be deployed by District Fire Chiefs to fires in the area, or sent on assignments to out-of-area fires. This may delay the rotation.

Area 1:
Speedboat, Brockway, Kings Beach, Tall Trees/Wood Vista, Kingswood Estates, Kingswood West, Tahoe Vista, Tahoe Estates, Agate Bay, Carnelian Bay
(6/1-6/7), (7/6-7/12), (8/10-8/16), (9/14-9/20)

Area 2:
Ridgewood, Cedar Flat, Fulton Acres, Carnelian Heights, Highlands, Dollar Hill, Dollar Point, Lake Forest, Tahoe City, Granlibakken, Sunnyside, Tahoe Park, Talmont
(6/8-6/14), (7/13-7/19), (8/17-8/23), (9/21-9/27)

Area 3:
Pineland, Ward Creek, Alpine Peaks, Timberland, Skyland, Tahoe Pines, Tahoe Swiss Village, Homewood, Chamberlands
(6/15-6/21), (7/20-7/26), (8/24-8/30), (9/28-10/4)

Area 4:
McKinney Rubicon Springs/McKinney Estates, Tahoma, Glenridge, Meeks Bay, Rubicon Bay, Tahoe Hills, Emerald Bay Tract
(6/22-6/28), (7/27-8/2), (8/31-9/6), (10/5-10/11)

Area 5:
Alpine Meadows
(6/29-7/5), (8/3-8/9), (9/7-9/13), (10/12-10/18)

The Chipping program runs from June to October annually. Chipping is closed for the winter season. We must receive a request for our FREE residential curbside chipping service at your property at least a week prior to the scheduled chipping week.  Once the request is received, we will add your property to our list and provide the chipping service in accordance with the chipping schedule in area-specific zones. Please be patient, we had record-breaking chipping numbers last year, and anticipate the same this year.

The Chipping Crew is also a Fire Crew and can be deployed by District Fire Chiefs to fires in the area, or sent on assignments to out-of-area fires. This may delay the rotation.

Please read the following:

  • Submit a chipping request using the link at the top of this page.​
  • For questions about chipping, call 530-584-2322.
  • Please submit all chipping requests prior to the week that the crew is scheduled to be in your Area. Requests received the same week that the crew is scheduled to be in your neighborhood may not be chipped that week.
  • This is a free residential curbside chipping program to support property owners as they create defensible space and reduce vegetation that would be fuel in a wildfire. This program is not meant to be used by tree service and defensible space contractors. Large piles left by contractors will not be chipped.
  • All Piles need to be placed at the edge of the street with the cut end of the vegetation facing towards the street.
  • Piles size must not exceed 6 feet in height, 6 feet in width, and 30’ in length. Make piles longer, not higher.
  • Vegetation cannot exceed 6 inches in diameter.
  • The crew will not remain at a single residence for more than one hour.
  • If your pile exceeds size limitations or requires more than 1 hour to chip, you will have to make another request online. The crew will attempt to chip the remaining material on the following rotation.
  • No pine needles, pine cones, stumps, nails, lumber, residential waste, or dirt.
  • Chips will be left on-site to be spread around the property for landscaping or erosion control.
  • Chips cannot be located within 5 feet of any structure or combustible attachment.
  • Spread the chips to a maximum depth of 3” to create mulch areas.
  • Use noncombustible areas(dirt/rock/irrigated lawns) to break up large areas of continuous chips.
  • In order to make sure your pile will be chipped in accordance with the Chipping Schedule, please submit your request one week in advance of the chipping schedule.
  • Through October 31– Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal (TTSD) accepts 6 free yards of green waste at their Eastern Regional Materials Recovery Facility: 900 Cabin Creek Road (between Truckee & Squaw) *Must unload their own green waste *Bagged green waste emptied *~$7/Yard for additional green waste *Includes(Tree limbs, brush, bark, pine needles, cones, dry grass, dead leaves, yard trimmings).
  • TTSD will also drop off a 6-yard green waste dumpster and pick it back up 5 days later: Call 530-583-7800 for pricing and info.
  • The last day to make a request for the 2022 chipping season is 10/10/2022.