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How to Reserve the Chipper

The City of Sandy has a chipper that is available to all residents of Sandy (residents are those people who reside within Sandy city limits).  If you have brush, limbs, or branches to dispose of, you can use the City's brush chipper to chip them up instead of taking them to a landfill or burning them.

How does the program work?

ChipperThe program is open to all residents of Sandy (residents are those people who reside within Sandy city limits). If you have brush, limbs, or branches to dispose of you can use the City's brush chipper to chip them up instead of taking them to a landfill or burning them.

You can call the City at (503) 668-5310 to reserve the chipper. We will contact you with the next date the chipper is available.  Usually, this will be over a weekend unless you are able to use it during the week.

We drop off, or you pick up a safety video and training material on the day before we deliver the chipper. You will be expected to review these items and be able to answer some questions on safe use and operation.

The person who will operate the chipper must be available at the site on the day we drop off the machine to answer the questions and witness a short demonstration on chipper operation. Typically, we will do this between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m., but it can take place anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

We park the chipper and a dump truck in front of your home and pick it back up on Monday, (or the next day if you use it during the week). If you live in an area where there is no room to park the truck and chipper on the street we park it on your property.

What type of material can be chipped?

Only brush, limbs and branches up to 12" in diameter may be chipped with this machine. As a practical matter, larger diameter material, (9" to 12" in diameter) is more likely to be used for firewood. If you have a great deal of large diameter material, contact the City. We are able to see that firewood-size material is distributed to those who need it, e.g., through the Community Action Center.

The chipper will not chip blackberry vines, weeds, Scotch Broom, thistle or any material that is not wood. Stringy material such as the items mentioned above will clog the chipper.

The chipper will not chip finished lumber products. This includes fence posts and fencing, decking, plywood, siding, panels or lumber products of any type. The City can provide you with information on firms that will recycle finished lumber products free or for a nominal charge.

What happens to the chips?

We use the chips in City operations or give them to local nurseries. If you want chips we will deliver them to you after we have picked up the machine.

Reserving the Chipper

To reserve the chipper, please follow these steps:

  • Fill out the Chipper Request Form:  Call (503) 668-5310 or use the online form.
  • Watch the Chipper Training Video:  Watch the video below (about 14 minutes long).  Click the "Play" button to begin. 
  • Complete the Chipper Safety Training Test:  Print out the test by clicking here and complete the form.  This step is required prior to using the chipper.  Make sure to initial the "Hold Harmless" agreement where indicated.