Brush Recycling Centers

Two centers are available for brush disposal. A recent CPS Energy bill and a picture ID are required.


Bitters Brush Recycling Center
1800 Wurzbach Parkway, 78216 (City-owned and operated)

Nelson Gardens Brush Recycling Center
8963 Nelson Road, 78252 (Operated by Atlas Organics)


Mon-Sun, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. In June and July, open until 6:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Closed holidays.

Accepted Materials

  • Paper bagged leaves (no plastic tape)
  • Tree branches
  • Woody vines
  • Shrubs

Unaccepted Materials

  • Plastic bagged leaves
  • Bulky household items
  • Construction, roofing, or demolition material
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Grass clippings
  • Trash
  • Tires
  • Soil and rocks

Important Information

  • In accordance with the City’s Tarp Law, Chapter 14 - Section 18 of the San Antonio City Code (Ordinance No. 2015-09-10-0760), residents must cover brush loads with a tarp or a $5 penalty may be assessed.
  • Service fees apply at the brush centers.  
    • A SWMD rate-payer is charged in 20 pound increments.
    • Non-residents and commercial customers pay per ton.
  • Fine mulch is available for purchase to anyone for $0.03 per pound in increments of 20 pounds.
  • Bulk loading onto a truck or trailer is available at no additional cost.
  • Coarse ground mulch is free while supplies last and bulk loading is free.

Service Fees

20 lbs. or less
Over 20 lbs.

$0.235 per each increment of 20 lbs.

20 lbs. to 2,000 lbs.
More than 2,000 lbs.

$25.00 plus $25.00 per each additional ton

Less than 2,000 lbs.
More than 2,000 lbs.

$25.00 plus $25.00 per each additional ton

Material Disposal

Find out what is accepted and is not accepted in your trash, recycle and organics carts here. You can search for almost any item or material.