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Fire Fuel Chipper and Debris Bin Program


About the Fire Fuel Chipper and Debris Bin Program   

The Fire Fuel Chipper and Debris Bin Program is part of the city’s Vegetation Management Program. This program, which began in the spring of 1993, provides a brush chipping service and debris bins to Berkeley residents that live in the designated areas. It is funded by a surcharge on the refuse bills residents in the Fire Surcharge Area pay. Only properties that pay the refuse bill surcharge are eligible for using this program. This program does not apply to vacant lots or properties that have not paid the refuse bill surcharge. A brochure is mailed to eligible participants annually. 

The program is intended to assist residents in maintaining a defensible area around structures by lessening the amount of flammable vegetation on their property. Debris resulting from general commercial tree service operations will not be picked up nor will debris from properties that do not pay the surcharge. Property owners who do not pay the surcharge are still encouraged to have a commercial service remove their debris to maintain their own defensible area around structures.

Fire Fuel Chipper and Debris Bin Program Information

 To view the following information:

  •  The schedule for this year, including a map of the numbered areas. 
  •  Instructions for stacking the vegetation for chipping. 
  •  Information about the free bio-plastic compostable bags, including  who can access them, what to put in them, and where to get them.  
  •  Information about the Debris Bin program.

 Click on this link:   Annual Fire Fuel Chipper and Debris Bin Program Brochure  


The Urban Forestry Unit administers the Fire Fuel Chipper Program; the Public Works Department administers the Fire Fuel Debris Bin Program.

To contact the Urban Forestry Unit about the Fire Fuel Chipper Program:

  • Call Customer Service at 311 if in the city limits, or at 510-981-CITY (2489), between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.
  • Call the Parks Division Office at 510-981-6660, between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm.

To contact Public Works about the Debris Bin Program:

  • Call Customer Service at 311 from any city landline, or at 510-981-CITY (2489), between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.
  • Call 510-981-7270 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.


To view a detailed map of the Fire Fuel Areas, visit our ArcGIS Interactive Map.

 To locate an address on the interactive map:

  1. Click on the magnifying glass located in the upper left portion of the map.
  2. Enter the address that you want to locate in the 'Find address or place' search box.
  3. Choose from the drop-down list, or click 'Enter'
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