Getting Rid Of Tree Debris

Montgomery County will collect tree debris of a certain size on regular recycling days, but many residents likely have bigger branches to dispose of.

Debris (up to 500 pounds) that is longer than four feet in length and wider than four inches in diameter can be recycled at the county’s Shady Grove Processing Facility in Derwood, which is open until 5 p.m. today.

For curbside recycling, Montgomery County wants residents to bag branches in bundles less than 45 pounds and less than 30 inches in diameter.

For tree debris in the public right-of-way, call 311. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation is collecting trees and branches that have fallen on roads or sidewalks. While most of the major downed trees were discovered during the storm last night, police were still reporting new instances of downed branches today.

In another sign of how Bethesda escaped significant damage from Sandy, the Town of Chevy Chase today reported just one downed tree on public land. That tree did not cause any power outages, according to a Town email alert.

The Capital Crescent Trail, at least the portion from Bethesda to the D.C. line, was clear of any prominent obstructions on Tuesday.

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