No Cost Residential Chipper Program

We are no longer accepting applications for the chipping program. The chipping service has been unbelievable popular this year! At this time we have booked all our available slots through the scheduled June 30, 2019 work period. The program might return for Fall 2019 and in the Spring of 2020. Please do not pile your cut materials until you have received an email confirmation that you have been accepted into the program.

No-Cost Residential Chipping Program for Hayward and Fairview Residents East of Mission Blvd.  Since 2012, the City has applied for and received grant funding for its defensible space efforts, which includes a free on-site chipping service program. The program is grant funded and provided on a first-come-first-serve basis as funds are available.  Funding is administered by a grant from the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region, though the California Fire Safe Council (CFSC).  CFSC has recently awarded the City, funds to run these programs during 2019 and 2020.

Who is eligible for the free chipping service?
The City’s no-cost chipping program is open to any residential property east of Mission Blvd from the south side of D Street to the city limits south to Union City. Residents are responsible for the cutting and stacking; our selected contractor will come to the front of your property to do the chipping.  Do Not stack your materials for chipping before your request to participate is approved.  More specifics for cutting and stacking will be emailed to you after you have been accepted.  

How do residents participate?
Complete the 2019 Request for Chipping form.  Return it by email: hfd@hayward-ca.gov, by fax: 510.583.3640, or by regular mail to: Hayward Fire Department, Attn:  Fire Administration, 777 B St., Hayward, CA 94541.

Need help preparing for the chipper service?
Additional grant funding is available to help qualifying residents with cutting, trimming, and stacking. Residents must be seniors, disabled or low income.  To determine if you are eligible please call 510.583.4930.

Here’s how it works:

You Stack, We Chip. Fill out, sign, date, and turn in the Request for Chipping Form.  You will be contacted via email if you have been accepted or not, and be given information on scheduling.  Do Not stack your materials for chipping before your request to participate is approved.  You do not have to be home the day you are scheduled for chipping.

Requirements:

  • Tree limbs measuring up to eight inches (8”) in diameter can be chipped. 
  • Stack cut tree limbs or brush within 5 feet of the curb or edge of street (see photo above).
  • Stack limbs with the cut ends facing the street.
  • Stack piles wider than they are high; but not higher than 4 feet.
  • Locate stacks where truck and chipper can easily access them from the street.  The chipping contractor will not go beyond the paved street to collect materials.
  • Keep all piles free of rocks, dirt, wire, lumber, spiny plants, poison oak and blackberries.  The chipper cannot chip piles of needles or leaves.
  • Chipped materials will be taken away and recycled unless special arrangements are made.
Questions?  
Call the Fire Administration Office at 510.583.4930
Click here for more information on HFD’s Defensible Space Projects 
This program is funded by a grant from the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region, though the California Fire Safe Council