An infestation of the destructive Emerald Ash borer beetle has been confirmed in Tarrant County. The state has quarantined all brush and firewood from leaving Tarrant County in an effort to slow the spread.  Effective April 12, 2019, Grand Prairie residents who live in Tarrant County may no longer take any brush or firewood to the Grand Prairie landfill.  Because it is too difficult to discern Ash trees from other cut limbs and brush, the quarantine applies to all brush, limbs and firewood in Tarrant County.

Residents May:

  1. Leave brush on curb for once-a-month Limb and Brush Pickup by the city, who will take it to a location in Tarrant County.
  2. Take your brush to the Arlington Landfill for a fee. The disposal fee is based on tonnage and waste type. Please call in advance for a list of rates.

    Arlington Landfill
    800 Mosier Valley Rd
    Euless TX, 76040
    817-354-2305

    Silver Creek Materials
    2251 Silver Creek Rd
    Fort Worth TX, 76108
    817-246-2426

  3. Cut and bundled tree limbs and brush may no longer be set out for regular garbage collection at homes in Tarrant County.  It can only be picked up once per month by city, see #1 above; or resident may take to Arlington Landfill for a fee, see #2 above.

We thank you for understanding this required change in service and for helping to save our urban forest by following these instructions.  All species of ash are susceptible to the destructive insect.  Infested trees die within two to five years.  For more information, call 972-237-8151.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this apply to Dallas County?

No.  Only Tarrant County.  The issue for Grand Prairians who live in Tarrant County is that the city landfill is in Dallas County, and the quarantine doesn’t let tree limbs and brush leave Tarrant County.


What about grass clippings?
Grand Prairie Disposal does not pick up grass clippings from your curb or alley, and hasn’t for years, I an effort to conserve the space available in the landfill.  By leaving your clippings on the lawn after you mow and allowing them to work back into the soil, you can have a naturally beautiful lawn. Grass clippings also make excellent compost for gardens.  Otherwise, you can bag your grass clippings and bring them to the Grand Prairie landfill.
What do I do with weeds I pull?
You can put them in your kitchen trash.  Don’t put them with grass clippings, because Grand Prairie Disposal does not pick up grass clippings in your twice a week garbage collection. 
What about shrubs and leaves?

Bag shrub clippings, raked leaves and pulled weeds and place on curb for pickup with garbage.  However, in Tarrant County, if shrub limbs are big enough to be mistaken for tree limbs, the whole bag will be left on curb due to quarantine.  You can leave shrub limbs on your curb for pickup by the city brush crew (which is different from your weekly garbage collection crew) in your designated week.  View brush crew schedule.

The brush crew doesn’t pick up bags of leaves and other yard trimmings.  It only picks up limbs and brush.

How long will quarantine last?
Hard to tell.  Let’s count on a while.  Thirty-eight states are now affected, with no quarantines being lifted in any of those states.
I don’t have ash trees. Can I put my bundled limbs and branches of all my non-ash trees out with my garbage?

No, not if you live in Tarrant County.  Yes, if you live in Dallas County.  It is too difficult for the crews who pick up our garbage, limbs, branches to try to figure out what type of tree limb or branch is on the curb.

If you live in Tarrant County you can put all your limbs and branches on your curb for pick up by the city brush crew during your designated week. View brush pick up schedule.

Or, you can take your limbs and branches to the Arlington Landfill or Fort Worth Landfill for a fee.