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Options for Disposing of Storm-related Tree Debris

The winds that accompanied Thursday evening’s storm had city crews responding in the late evening and overnight to clear approximately 100 trees and tree limbs that partially or totally blocked roads. Crews also responded to place signs at intersections where 10 signal lights were impacted by scattered power outages.

All city services and utilities are operating as normal. Some recreation events planned for Friday are cancelled or rescheduled including the outdoor movie in Lion’s Park and baseball and softball league games.

Sporadic wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour caused tree limb damage concentrated in specific areas of the city. Initial assessments indicate that the worst hit area appears to be from SH-9 to Boyd, Jenkins to McGee. The City of Norman will offer removal of vegetative debris related to the storm in this area. The removal will include only storm-damaged trees and tree limbs larger than two inches in diameter and longer than four feet.

Storm-related debris from areas of the city outside this worst hit area, as well as debris associated with other tree trimming activities, can be disposed of through the normal debris removal programs, such as yard waste collection, disposal at the compost facility, or disposal for a fee at the solid waste transfer facility.


Only the vegetative debris from Thursday’s storm will be eligible for the collection and disposal by the City of Norman.  Residents in the worst hit area (SH-9 to Boyd, Jenkins to McGee) are encouraged to place tree limbs larger than two inches in diameter and longer than four feet at the curb by 8 a.m. Monday morning for collection. The debris should be placed away from mail boxes and other structures. The collection may take several days, depending on the volume of storm-related debris. Residents in this affected area do not need to call for removal of their storm-related tree debris. It is not possible to schedule debris removal on specific properties at specific times or days as multiple debris removal crews will be working throughout these Norman neighborhoods.

Debris related to general tree maintenance and/or removal cannot be accepted as part of the storm debris removal.


Tree limbs and debris that are smaller than two inches in diameter can be cut into lengths of four feet or less, bundled and collected as part of the regular, weekly yard waste collection service. (Map of yard waste routes/collection days.) Place the smaller debris at the curb in a separate location from the large limbs that will be collected as part of the storm-debris removal. Yard waste should not be placed in the polycart. Residents can use trash bags or regular cans as long as they do not weigh over 75 pounds (35 gallon container).


If residents hire private contractors to remove trees from their property, the contractor is responsible for the disposal of the tree as part of their service. Residents and contractors will need to dispose of the additional debris in the public rights-of-way in a reasonable period of time.


Refuse such as trash, furniture, appliances, construction debris and fence panels should not be placed in the pubic rights-of-way. All non-storm related, non-vegetative debris can be disposed of through regular sanitation services or special refuse services.


Only residential properties (single family or duplex) and not-for-profit properties (churches, etc.) are eligible for storm-related
debris removal. Commercial, industrial, or institutional properties will be not be included in the debris removal service.


Smaller limbs, leaves and grass clippings can be disposed at no cost at the City of Norman Compost Facility at 398 Bratcher Miner Road. Trees and tree limbs should be no longer than 4 feet in length and two inches in diameter. The compost facility is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.


Larger trees and tree limbs along with non-vegetative debris such as fence panels can be disposed of at the Solid Waste Transfer Station at 3901 Chautauqua Ave from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The fee for Norman residents is $12 for up to 600 pounds.


Residents with questions, or those needing to report a significant amount of storm-related tree damage outside the worst hit area, contact the Action Center at 366-5396.