Public Works

Yard Waste/Brush/Junk


See Ace Startup Packet HERE or Solid Waste Management Policy HERE for more details.


​​Basic Rules to Follow:


Keep items to be collected away from anything that might obstruct collection access:

  • telephone poles
  • mailboxes
  • flower beds
  • trees, etc.
  • do not park vehicles in front of items to be collected


Place all items on the CURB LINE, the area nearest the curb, not in the street or on the sidewalk


Yard waste, yard debris, leaves, grass clippings should NOT be placed curbside in cardboard boxes


Yard waste, leaves, shrub trimming, and grass clippings must be placed in plastic or paper lawn/leaf bags (Ace will collect only 13 bags per week)  


A 96 gallon YARD WASTE CART will be provided by request at a cost of $36 per year.  Leaves, yard debris, grass clippings and shrub trimmings may be placed loose in this cart. Contact Ace to request a cart. The savings from not purchasing as many bags may pay for the cart!


Do NOT place materials to be collected on top or near the opening of a drainage catch basin.  Never place materials in a drainage ditch


Construction Debris:


Under no circumstances is construction debris (cabinets, windows, doors, lumber, sheetrock, brick, blocks, etc.) collected curbside. 


Debris/Large Items:

Residential Customers Only


Schedule: Normally collected weekly. However, the time between collections by be longer due to unforeseen circumstances, unusually heavy periods, or holidays.


Examples: Non-organic material too large to fit inside a roll-a-waste container:

  • old furniture- 50# limit and only one item collected per week, call Ace if you have more than one item or a heavier item
  • appliances (washers, dryers, refrigerators) Note: Refrigerators will only be collected by Ace if freon is first removed.  However, the City will collect these without the removal of freon.  Contact Public Works to request pickup.
  • water heaters


Place materials to be collected within five feet of the curb line but not in the street or on the sidewalk.  Always separate different types of materials into separate piles.


NOTE:  Toasters, fans, vacuum cleaners, small electrical heaters and other small electrical appliances will be disposed in your garbage.  Separate trucks collect large items.


Paint cans will not be collected. These must be taken to a Greenville County Convenience Center or Twin Chimneys Landfill.  The closest convenience center is on Hipps Road off Harrison Bridge Road behind Target.


Don't let your old appliances be a death trap forchildren.  Please remove doors from all refrigerators and freezers before placing them near the curb line!


Materials NOT Accepted:

  • Tires 
  • Lead acid batteries OF ANY SIZE (automobile, motorcycle, lawnmower, etc.)
  • Any chemical liquid (paint, thinners, anti-freeze, etc.)
  • Construction materials left by contractors or homeowners
  • Roofing shingles
  • Hazardous waste OF ANY KIND
  • Dirt
  • Concrete, asphalt, bricks, blocks, rocks
  • Logs (more than 6" in diameter, more than 5' long
  • Steel barrels (55 gallon drums) can be picked up onlyif both ends are removed


Yard Waste, Leaves and Trimmings:

Residential Customers Only


Schedule: Normally collected weekly.  However, the time between collections may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances, unusually heavy periods or holidays.


Example: Anything organic

  • grass clippings, leaves, flowers
  • hedge trimmings
  • small plants


Place these materials in bags behind the curb line year-round.  Small quantities of leaves and trimmings may be placed with your garbage in the roll cart. Also, to avoid bagging, you may request a YARD WASTE cart from Ace at a cost of $36/year.  (During fall leaf season you may have to bag the leaves that will not fit in your yard waste cart.)


DO NOT put yardwaste in the street, on the sidewalk, in front of or in drainage catch basins.  DO NOT mix with other materials such as limbs.  Do not place in cardboard boxes.


Tree Limbs/Brush:

Residential Customers Only


Schedule:  Normally collected weekly.  However, the time between collections may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances, unusually heavy periods or holidays.


What Ace will pick up:

  • only tree limbs that are no longer than 5' and no larger than 6" in diameter.  This material must be tied in bundles no larger than 24" in diameter.


What the City will pick up:

  • Collection of loose brush from residential properties only.
  • No set schedule for collection. Length of time between collections at any one residence is determined by how heavy the volume is at the particular time.
  • The City does not collect materials generated by contractors. All commercial contractors/landscapers, etc. who are hired by you to landscape your yard, cut your trees/limbs, work on your house, or provide land clearing services, are responsible for the removal of whatever debris/yard waste they generate.
  • Brush should be placed a minimum of three (3) feet from the edge of the curb or pavement and at least five (5) feet away from obstructions such as automobiles, fences, mailboxes, power poles, and shrubs.
  • Brush should never be placed in the road or sidewalk. Blocking traffic lanes or creating line-of- sight hazards for motorists can result in liabilities to the home owner.
  • Loose brush must not be mixed with pine needles, hedge clippings, grass clippings dirt, rocks, building materials, etc. Remove dirt from root balls. 
  • Loose brush must not exceed 6” in diameter nor 6’ in length. 
  • All brush removal is limited in quantity to 2 yards (approx. 1 pickup truck load) per pickup.  Abnormal quantities of trimmings or lot clearings, tree and/or stump removal shall be transported to the landfill by the owner or contractor.


Christmas Tree Recycling:


  • Christmas trees will be collected curbside.
  • Christmas trees will also be collected by the City during late December and January if brought to City Park and piled at the edge of the parking lot nearest the Community Building.





City of Simpsonville