Chipping Program Schedule

Chipping Program Schedule

For the current chipping schedule click HERE

There are two chipping pickups annually. In the spring and winter months Town staff bring the chipper machine and pick up material in your area according to a predetermined schedule.

To ensure timely pick up:

  • Only one pile of trees, branches, and other woody shrub materials will be picked up per property (grass clippings, leaves and soft plant materials such as perennial or annual flowers will not be picked up).
  • Piles to be chipped shall be a maximum of 8 ft. x 8 ft. x 5 ft. high. Material in excess of this will not be picked up
  • Piles with gravel, dirt, or root balls will not be picked up.
  • Four (4) inches is the maximum diameter size of wood waste that can be chipped. Any material over this size in diameter will not be picked up.
  • Stack branches at the roadside with all butt ends facing the street.
  • As the chipper will only travel each street once, please ensure your branches are on the boulevard by 8:00 am the day of your designated schedule. The material will be picked up during the balance of that week (subject to volume of material and any mechanical problems that the Town crew may encounter, some pick-ups may be delated).

The following number of piles may be left for chipping during each period based on the following:

  • 1 Pile - Properties up to 0.5 acres (0.2ha)
  • 2 Piles - Properties greater than 0.5 acres and less than 1.0 acres (0.40ha)
  • Properties over 1 acre (0.40ha) may for each additional 0.5 acres (0.40ha) leave an additional pile


Please note that larger volumes and/or sizes of wood waste material may be taken to the Regional District of Nanaimo Transfer Station located at 860 Church Road, Parksville. Telephone 250-248-5254 for rates and further information.

Where do the branches go once collected by our staff?

All collected material is transported to a local compost company 'The Earthbank' where it is chipped and used for compost. Products can be purchased from The Earthbank by the general public.

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