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Summit County Chipping Program


You can protect your home from wildfire with help from the Summit County Chipping Program. Summit County government helps residents and property owners create defensible space by providing free chipping and disposal for branches, logs and small trees. If you clear woody vegetation from around your home and stack it in a slash pile, we’ll chip it and haul it away at no cost. When it comes to wildfire, it takes everyone to protect everyone.


Week 13: September 9-13 – Frisco, Copper Mountain

Pile Guidelines

Piles must be stacked by 8 a.m. on the Monday of your neighborhood’s designated chipping week (see schedule below). Chipping and collection will take place Monday through Friday of your neighborhood’s designated week. Improperly stacked piles, and any piles stacked after 8 a.m. on Monday, may not be identified or collected.
Stack piles neatly (no bags), with the large ends of branches facing the road.
Place piles within 5 feet of the roadway, but not touching the road or in drainage ditches.
Maximum pile size is 5′ wide x 5′ high x 10′ long. Each household may put out a maximum of 10 piles.
After crews have removed your pile, clear away any remaining branches, needles and debris.
Do not combine piles with neighbors’ piles or place piles in other neighborhoods.

Materials Guidelines
Accepted materials include trees, logs and branches up to 12 inches in diameter, free of nails and wire. The following restrictions apply:
No willows or cottonwood: Willows and cottonwood have high moisture content, so they help to slow the spread of fire. They also clog chipping equipment because they are very fibrous.
No construction or building materials, treated lumber, fence posts or signs.
No shrubs, rood wads, stumps, dirt or rocks. These items clog and damage chipping equipment.
No grass clippings, trash, weeds or bags of leaves.