The snow's gone — hopefully for a while — but plenty of fallen or buried brush remains and is probably marring otherwise attractive lawns.

That's why Waukesha's annual brush collection program is starting up again soon. According to the city's website, residents can start setting up branch and brush piles at the curb on April 18. Collection of those piles is scheduled for the week of May 2-6 during normal garbage pickup.

Branches and brush must be set on the 'curb terrace' (the grassy area between curb and sidewalk) with the butt ends facing the street. Branches can be up to 3 inches in diameter and 6 feet long, but small twigs and other yard waste, including leaves, will not be collected.

According to the city's website, residents should not tie the brush/branches together or put them into bags, boxes or other containers. They are instead encouraged to keep the branches and brush in loose piles on the ground.

Residents may also bring their branches/brush to the city's drop-off center, 900 Sentry Drive, for free during the center's open public hours the week of the collection. The center is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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