Tree-Debris Disposal & Storm Cleanup Resources
The July storms and heavy winds that passed through the Omaha metro caused some of the most extensive storm damage this area has seen in recent years. We know the cleanup efforts have been challenging, and appreciate everyone doing their part to keep our community's efforts running smoothly. Below are some resources to help Omaha residents choose from available tree-disposal options and stay safe during the storm cleanup efforts.
Keep Omaha Beautiful will continue to update this page as additional information becomes available. (Last updated 7/23/21 at 10:30am)
Eligible Homeowners Can Call 211 for Help with Storm-Debris Removal
Elderly, disabled, or vulnerable homeowners can call 211 to request assistance with storm-debris cleanup. Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization, has mobilized volunteer crews to work in Omaha through July 24th.
The 211 Helpline operated by United Way of the Midlands is coordinating requests for assistance. Eligible homeowners who need help with debris removal can call 211 between 8am and 4pm.
Team Rubicon volunteers will work in Omaha and greater Douglas County for at least a week, calling the Omaha cleanup: "Operation Husker Strong."
City of Omaha Tree Debris Drop-Off Locations
(For residents only, no contractors)
Note updated locations and shortened hours. All sites will be closed for one day on Sunday, July 24.
Two remaining public tree debris drop-off locations will be open through Friday, July 30th. Note: Shortened hours, from 12noon – 7pm. Material collected at drop-off locations will be mulched.
- OPEN: Hefflinger Park - 112th & West Maple Rd.
- OPEN: Levi Carter Park - 3100 Abbott Drive (at the concrete boat ramp)
These sites are now closed:
- SITE FULL/CLOSED - Towl Park (93rd and Center)
- SITE FULL/CLOSED - 156th and "F" parking lot
- SITE FULL/CLOSED - Ta-Ha Zouka Park in Elkhorn
- SITE FULL/CLOSED - Al Veys Park (60th & Harrison)
For the latest location updates, visit Wasteline.org.
FCC Curbside Collection for Small Debris
EXTENDED: Per the City of Omaha’s Wasteline website, FCC will continue collecting storm debris from residential addresses along with regular garbage and recycling service. This emergency collection has been extended until the regular Friday collections are complete the week of July 26 to 30, 2021. Collected tree-debris material will be routed to the landfill.
By 6am on your regular collection day, you can place:
- Tree debris in the 96-gallon black lid trash cart. This is your primary disposal and should be fully utilized.
- Bundled branches or branches in brown paper yardwaste bags. Branches up to 6 inches in diameter, and up to four feet long. Tied with rope or twine. Maximum weight 40 pounds.
- Pre-paid stickers will not be required this week.
- Limbs with diameter greater than 6 inches will not be collected by FCC. (Large limbs will be accepted at temporary drop-off locations. Or, see instructions for the City's Large Debris Curbside Collection, below).
- Yardwaste or tree debris should NOT be put in your green-lid recycling cart.
Due to the additional volume, all collections may be delayed. If your trash/yard waste is not collected at the usual time, it's recommended to leave it on the curb. For the latest curbside updates, visit Wasteline.org/storm-debris.
City of Omaha Curbside Collection for Large Debris
Extended: City employees will continue to collect large debris cut to a maximum of six feet and 100 pounds or less, in neighborhoods that have not yet been collected. All debris must be placed at the curb and accessible. As of Wednesday, July 21, city crews have removed 1,387 truckloads of tree debris from residential property. For those who opt to utilize this service, City officials recommend these guidelines to help keep the efforts running smoothly:
- Large debris can be stacked at the curbside. Limbs should be no longer than 6-feet and no heavier than 100 lbs.
- Big piles and large limbs that city crews cannot lift will only slow the overal removal efforts. A good rule of thumb: if YOU can't lift it, THEY can't lift it, which will prevent it from being collected.
- Residents are asked to avoid blocking sidewalks, and if possible, avoid parking on the street in front of debris piles.
- See photos of how to prepare your debris for successful pickup.
This curbside removal is in addition to the debris collection already underway by FCC Environmental, as well as the public debris drop-off sites. For more information, visit Wasteline.org.
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
(Site is now full/closed)
The Omaha Zoo is no longer accepting branches because they are at capacity.
From their 7/12/21 facebook post: “Thank you for being so good to us, Omaha! After a browse-filled weekend of drop offs—so, so grateful to you all—we’re here to report that we are officially at capacity for donations. Our animals currently have more than they can munch on before the nutritiousness wilts away. Therefore, we will no longer be taking donations at our Community Browse Drop Off site, and ask that you kindly not leave any branches outside of the gate for disposal.”
Hillside Solutions & Soil Dynamics Downtown Drop Site
(Pay per load)
Hillside Solutions recommends repurposing your tree stumps into firewood, outdoor stools, or play areas. But if you have more than you can use in your own yard, you can take trees debris to their downtown location to be recycled into compost and mulch. Their downtown Soil Dynamics site is accepting tree debris for a per-load fee.
- Pricing and more info: Soil-Dynamics.com/drop
- Location: Along Abbott Drive - Get Directions
- Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm + Saturday 8am-Noon
Hillside Solutions also rents roll-off containers for clean, tree debris. Containers can be delivered to and picked up from your home: 20-cubic yard container: $300 flat rate; 40-cubic yard container: $400 flat rate. Contact Soil Dynamics for details.
Oma-Gro Yardwaste Facility
(Site accepting small branches, NO stumps)
Self-haul yardwaste bags and small branches (under 2” diameter) to the Oma-Gro facility: 15705 Harlan Lewis Road, Bellevue, NE 68123-5728. Oma-Gro is open to the public, 7am to 6pm weekdays for self-hauled yardwaste, which is accepted at no charge. REMINDER: Oma-Gro does NOT accept stumps, and no branches larger than 2" in diameter. All yardwaste material taken to Oma-Gro must be equal to the material allowed for collection by the City of Omaha.
See yardwaste preparation instructions at wasteline.org/yard-waste-information.
OPPD Storm & Outage Center
OPPD stresses the importance of safety around downed power lines and tree debris. ASSUME ALL POWER LINES ARE ENERGIZED AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. Stay far back. Contact OPPD to report any tree/powerline hazard, or call 911.
Omaha Mayor’s Hotline
Reports of trees in the public right-of-way should be made to the Mayor’s Hotline (Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm).
Omaha World Herald
July 11, 2021 article: “Tips for after the storm: food storage, debris and more”
July 15, 2021 article: "Omaha to start clearing boulevards Friday, neighborhoods Monday"
KETV Storm Guide
Dropoff sites, power outage info, tree help