Chipper Days – 2020
With the increasing potential for wildfires in Marin County, residents are being encouraged to take every measure possible to avoid destruction of life and property. Fire Safe Marin advises clearing brush from 30-100 feet of your house if possible. The Town of Fairfax has scheduled five consecutive weekends of chipper days to offer residents options to remove and dispose of vegetation debris from their property.
What CAN go in the chipper
• Tree limbs up to 4 inches in diameter and 6 feet in length
• Woody bushes, including French and Scotch broom (no roots with dirt)
What CANNOT go in the chipper (for safety of the workers)
• Poison ivy, Bamboo, palm fronds, firewood
• Stones, lumber, construcLon materials
• Metal, glass, furniture
• Leaves and regular yard waste and soil (on roots)
Results of Chipper Days
The Town held six “Chipper Day” events this year. All six Chipper Days were targeted for neighborhoods that are designated Firewise communities. These six Chipper Day events included door-to-door pick-up of brush/cuttings in the Cascade, Manor Hill, and Deer Park neighborhoods. They were conducted over three weekends in June & July of this year. As always, the events were open to residents from any Fairfax neighborhood. This year, there were fewer drop offs per event, most likely due to COVID-19 precautions.
The Town collected over 63 tons of brush/cuttings from 321 participating households this year, for a total cost of approximately $65,000. Last year, the Town collected 86 tons.
Additionally, this year, Fire Safe Marin supplemented the chipper days offered in Fairfax in July and August with funding from the newly created Marin Wildfire Protection Agency (MWPA).