Brush & Leaf Collection

City trucks provide brush pick up to Gallatin trash customers. Currently, brush pickup circles through the city every four to six weeks, depending on the amount of brush being cut and the waiting time to drop loads at the Sumner County Resource Authority.

The City provides brush pick-up for Environmental Service customers with trash collection service.  This service includes roadside pick-up of one 20 cubic yard trailer per route cycle.  A fee in the amount of $75 shall be charged for any amount of brush in excess of this. The City will provide brush collection for Non-Environmental Service customers or special collections outside of the normal brush route for a fee of $150 per 20 cubic yard trailer load.  Non- Environmental Service customers wishing to have brush collection must contact Environmental Services at 615-452-2147.


Brush Pickup Guidelines


  • Resident must be a current Gallatin trash customer to receive brush pickup.
  • Limbs and logs must be no longer than 15 feet
  • Brush must be placed within two feet of the edge of roadway / sidewalk / curb, with limbs / logs facing the same direction.
  • Brush should be free of any other debris (i.e. paper, furniture, treated or painted wood).
  • Place brush away from driveways or intersections in a manner that does not reduce visibility.
  • Brush shall not be placed in the sidewalk or roadway travel paths.

Leaf/Lawn Bag Pick Up


During leaf-collection season, call public works to notify us you have a leaf pickup at 615-452-2147. Public Works crews will collect leaves/lawn clippings in paper leaf bags on the day after your normal trash day. Gallatin is joining cities all over the nation that are processing the leaves with other organic material rather than sending them to the traditional landfill.
Line of nine brown paper bags on sidewalk below tree

Biodegradable Bag Collection


Leaf bags are collected from November to February one day after your regular trash collection.
  • Leaves in plastic bags will not be collected.
  • Place your bags at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on your collection day.
  • Remove dirt, stones, litter and brush (tree branches) from your leaves.
  • Close the bags by folding them top down.
  • Individual bag must not weigh more than forty pounds
  • Must be a commercially sold lawn and leaf paper bags (no grocery bags)
  • Must be securely closed

Leaf Collection Guidelines


Separate leaves from other brush such as tree limbs. These materials are collected, processed, and disposed of differently.
  • Move bags of leaves close to the curb edge of pavement as possible, but avoid placing the materials in the street.
  • Avoid raking leaves into ditches. Doing so can cause flooding problems and have a negative impact on water quality.
  • Avoid raking leaves into the street. Doing so can cause drainage problems and lead to hazardous driving conditions when leaves become wet.
  • Consider backyard composting. Composting is great for your lawn and for the environment.