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Be wary for bugs in waste wood

Spring is coming and Queens homeowners will be cleaning up their yards and property. If you’re planning to put out “organic woody debris” - branches, firewood, etc. you should know the following.
The New York City Department of Sanitation (DOS) no longer picks up any tree parts more than one-half-inch in diameter (about half the size of a quarter) in most of the city, which is in a quarantine area for the Asian Longhorn Beetle.
In order to prevent the spread of tree-killing invader, which lays its eggs inside of tree trunks and branches, anything which could contain them has to be chipped up and properly disposed by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (DOPR).
You must make a free appointment with the DOPR to have firewood or untreated woody debris from trees and shrubs, including living, dead, cut, or fallen branches, twigs, logs, stumps or roots chipped on-site and taken away.
No piece can be more than four feet long or 10 inches in diameter. Bundles can be no more than three feet in diameter and must be tied up with natural-fiber rope or twine. DOPR will process up to 30 bundles from a single residential location.
Bundles must be put curbside between 6 p.m. and midnight the night before your scheduled appointment. This is not for disposal of Christmas trees.
You can make the free appointment by calling 3-1-1, or go to the web page: https://www.nycgovparks.org and click on “wood debris removal.”

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