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Forestry Division Events and Programs

Because of the severity of the Mother’s Day storm May 10, the city of Aurora will open two drop-off sites as a service to the residents of Aurora who may have trees or tree limbs on their private property.

The two sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily beginning May 12. These drop-off locations are scheduled to be available through May 18.

Residents may bring tree debris to these locations:

Hampden Avenue and Dawson Street
14201 E. Hampden Ave.
Aurora, CO 80014
(west of treatment plant)

11th Avenue and Dayton Street
1001 N. Dayton St.
Denver, CO 80230
(parking lot near the event pavilion building)

City of Aurora crews will be working through at least May 18 to assist with these drop off sites for private citizens who have experienced difficulty disposing of tree debris; this service is not intended for commercial activity.

City employees will also continue during this time to clean up tree limbs and downed trees on city properties like parks, recreation facilities, medians and arterial roadways, as well as city-owned trees on residential streets.

To find out if you have city-owned trees in your neighborhood, see our FAQ section at www.auroragov.org/trees or call 303-739-7177.

If residents would like to use their residential trash provider for limb removal, please contact your trash company to find out how branches should be prepared/bundled for pick up.

Free Loader Days
You bring your pickup truck or trailer to the free mulch pile, and we'll load it for you.

Low Water Trees Class May 16 with Aurora Water
Register here

Get to know the low-water, drought-tolerant trees that thrive in our climate. This class will introduce you to many species and their unique features in an urban landscape. Learn how to properly maintain your trees year-round for optimal health.
May 16, 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Aurora Municipal Center Xeriscape Demonstration Garden
15151 E. Alameda Parkway
EAB bug
Emerald Ash Borer Branch Sampling
From February until May, the Forestry Division will be conducting an aggressive search for the emerald ash borer insect (EAB) in our community. Our goal is to collect over 500 branch samples from pre-selected city street trees across our city. We will in order to detect the presence of EAB larvae that have not yet emerged as adult beetles. So far, we have not detected any presence of EAB in the city of Aurora.


Disposal of Trees and Shrubs
Crews recycling Christmas trees
Forestry crews recycling Christmas trees.
Please check the top of this page for information on the two drop-off sites available from May 12 to 18 for tree debris that occurred related to the May 10 storm.

At other times throughout the year, citizens who wish to convert tree and shrub trimmings into mulch have a few options in Aurora. You can try

Free mulch from routinely trimmed city-owned trees is available for self-loading near the intersection of East Hampden Avenue and Dawson Street, near the water treatment facility. The mulch pile is located outside, just off of Dawson Street on the west side. The site is accessible at any time, any day of the week. Bring your own shovel to load the mulch and containers or bags for loading. For questions about free mulch, call the Forestry Division at 303-739-7177.

The city does not take tree trimmings from private citizens to make into mulch.

Most trash companies will pick-up branch and tree debris, as long as the bundles of wood are no longer than 4 feet in length and 12 inches in diameter. Call and check with your residential trash hauling company. Most trash haulers will accept tree branches as long as they are cut, stacked and/or bundled in certain manners. As an alternative option, Aurora is served by two landfills; Denver Arapahoe Disposal Site at 3500 S. Gun Club Road and BFI Tower Road Landfill at 88th Avenue and Tower Road.

Forestry Division does take part in Christmas Tree Recycling each year. Drop off locations and dates vary; please check the main Recycling Opportunities web page as the winter holidays approach each year for the schedule.
Forestry Division Home     Phone: (303) 739-7177     Email: Trees@auroragov.org
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