People will leave a fallen branch curbside, hoping the city or recycling crews will pick it up. In some cases, that doesn't happen and the branches sit there for weeks.

It is up to property owners to get rid of their own tree and shrub branches in the fall, given that the city's engineering department picks up branches only once during the year, typically during the spring, according to the engineering department.

During the fall, the city of Waukesha collects only leaves left along the curbside and not branches. As a result, property owners who wish to get rid of branches can bring them to the city's drop-off center. The center will accept branches smaller than 6 inches in diameter and shorter than 6 feet in length, according to the city website.

A charge of $4 will be assessed to drivers who are 61 years old and younger; the service is free to those who are older. The center, 750 Sentry Drive, is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

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