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This is a new site: www.chipdrop.in

If you are an arborist, you can create an account to find out where to dump a load of wood chips.
If you want wood chips, you create an account-name, address, email, phone number, drop instructions

There is no way of knowing or guarantee the chips are contaminant free. If spraying goes on in your area, I'd think the products used would be in there.
In my area, the county sprays for mosquitos, the electric utilities come around every few years and spray under the power lines.

I've signed up to receive chips. I'll let you know if I get any.
 
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I have signed up for this site and a couple other similar to it. no luck so far in the last 18 months. But, my property is way out in the country. Probably further than they are willing to drop.hopefully, you will have better luck!
 
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I'm checking it out. My need for chips is unusual. The long, skinny property has a kilometer of road. It's made of the native soil which is a mix of gravel and rock flour. Some idiots drive too fast, which stirs up clouds of dust. I want about 20 loads to spread over the entire length. This should slow them down while adding organic matter. If the ditches get clogged, my tenant will clear them with his excavator. He's the main culprit in creating these man made dust storms.

Edit - It seems to be only in the US. I couldn't provide a state and zip code, so couldn't sign up. I called and left a number.
 
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In my experience of getting chips dropped you do better getting on the phone for half an hour and chatting to your local tree trimmers. What you want is to get a relationship going with one of them so that you become his preferred drop spot. If your yard is near his home base so much the better.
 
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He called me today. They plan to start in Canada in under a year. Vancouver and other large cities first.
 
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We received a load through chipdrop today. I'm not sure I'd use the service again. The truck dropped the chips so they covered half of the sidewalk. Also half the load was eucalyptus leaves and branches which are allelopathic and toxic to animals. Now we have a mountain of half unusable mulch in our driveway.
 
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Sometime in the last week or two someone dropped off another load of wood chips. I don't know if this was because of the chip drop site or if the guys that dropped a few loads earlier this year were working in the area. I'ts out there, just wish I had the time to work with it!
 
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Also half the load was eucalyptus leaves and branches which are allelopathic and toxic to animals.


They offer the option of not accepting any species(es) you choose.
You also have the option of choosing with/without logs, or logs only.

They offer this free. However they have an option to pay (between $20-80 per load).
All else being equal (mileage/travel time, etc), the person offering to pay will probably get served before the 'freebies'.

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Yes, I did specify that I didn't want cedar or laurel but it didn't occur to me that there would be eucalyptus until it was here.
 
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Still handy as a mulch where you don't want things to grow, and as a fuel.
 
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Thanks! I've been lucky in the past with getting free chips but it's been a dry spell lately.
 
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Hey that is really cool idea, thanks for looking out!
I don't know if any of the arborists in my area subscribe to that site but it's cool that it's there in the off chance they do.

I've had no luck with the power company in the past three years requesting drops from them.
My neighbor got 7 whole truck loads two days after he signed up (for the power company drops).. I've got zilch. So it comes down to the luck of the draw, I suppose.
 
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I've had such a good experience with this site that I figured it was time to register at this forum and share it.
I've received two loads of chips and a load of logs in the past couple of months. Each load of chips came within a week of requesting it. The chips I received were mostly some sort of conifer with a lot of needles in it, but this is probably because I live in a neighborhood that has more conifers than average.
The logs just arrived yesterday after waiting for about a month. These are some serious logs! They look like they are also from a coniferous tree of some sort, and they are mostly big half-rounds about 2 feet thick from a tree about 3 feet in diameter.
All the arborists that have given me material have been very good about dropping it exactly where I asked for it in the directions. All 3 have dropped on a Friday afternoon.
These results are in Portland, using the completely free option on the website. Hope this site works out as well for others as it did for me, because it is a pretty cool idea. As someone who only has a bike and cargo trailer for hauling stuff, it is really awesome to have what I estimate is 10,000 pounds of logs dumped on my property at zero cost and effort from me.
 
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This site is now at the url https://getchipdrop.com/ -- I had a positive report about it from the administrator of a local Facebook group I am on who successfully used it to get a load of chips a few days ago.  However he waited a very long time.  Hey, free chips.  It's another strategy to complement all the other ways you may be able to get some.  

I tried signing up a few days ago and found out that the site magically "forgot" the active chips request that I had set up -- when I logged back in two days later, I didn't have an active request and there were no requests in my history either.  That makes no sense.  I just got some chips the old-fashioned way (begging a local crew) so I probably won't mess with this site.  But I figured I would bump this thread with the updated URL and my experience in case it helps somebody else.
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