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Posted on: May 21, 2021

ARE YOU READY FOR FIRE SEASON? Curbside Pickup Now Available

Chipper Day workers


The City of Belvedere, in cooperation with the Tiburon Fire Protection District, is sponsoring a FREE Vegetation Curbside Pick-Up program which will offer Belvedere residents an opportunity to help reduce fire prone vegetation and provide better defensible space around your home. During the months of May-June, Belvedere Public Works will haul away tree limbs, dead branches and brush at no expense to you!


How Long Will the Program Be Offered?

Every Thursday, May 13th – June 24th.  

How do I Participate? 

Simply place cut material at the road edge on Thursdays by 8am. Please follow these general rules:  

    Place cut material in piles accessible from the curb or edge of street pavement.

    Piles CANNOT block the roadway or include rock, dirt, or other debris. 

    Branches for chipping must be less than 4 inches in diameter and a maximum of 5 feet in length, 

    Branches must be stacked neatly, with all cut ends facing in the same direction.

    Brush piles should be no larger than 5' high and 8’ long. 

    Soil, tree stumps, rocks, garbage or anything in plastic bags are prohibited and will not be picked up.

*Tree removal is not permitted under this program. Please contact the Belvedere Planning Department for the City’s policy on removal of private trees.

Is this related to the Chipper Days Program? 

Yes! This is a supplement to the Chipper Days program that the Fire Department is hosting for Tiburon and Belvedere residents. We encourage you to take advantage of both!

**For more information about the Chipper Days Program begin offered at Blackie’s Pasture, visit the Tiburon Fire protection District Website here: https://www.tiburonfire.org/chipper-vegetation-removal-days-2021/

What should I be trimming/removing? 

Dead vegetation and tree limbs including seasonal vegetation and invasive species. The two most common invasive weeds in Belvedere are bull thistle and French broom. 

Additionally, these common plants should be avoided, aggressively maintained, or removed with city approval to minimize fire hazard, especially if they are in your home’s Defensible Space Zone or near a road/driveway. This list is not comprehensive.

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  • Acacia Species
  • Bamboo
  • Cypress
  • Eucalyptus
  • Firs
  • Fountain Grass
  • Pine Species
  • Rosemary
  • Spruces

Avoid Planting:

  • Cedars
  • Palms, if dry fronds
  • Douglas-Fir
  • California Bay

All information courtesy of Fire Safe Marin.

Visit www.firesafemarin.org for the complete list of fire-prone plants.

For questions about Curbside Pickup, email Robert Zadnik, Public Works Director at rzadnik@cityofbelvedere.org

For additional questions on how to reduce the fire risk to your home and property, contact Tiburon Fire at (415) 435-720 or email mlantier@tiburonfire.org

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