City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Leaf Pickup/Yard Waste





   2018 Spring Yard Waste/Leaf Pickup

The City of Springfield's residential spring yard waste/leaf pickup will begin Monday, April 9. The city will collect yard waste in each area, one time in April and one time in May. Stickers are NOT required during this pickup.

The City will be divided into four (4) directional quadrants that the collection schedule will follow and these areas are listed below: 

  • Southwest Quadrant – area south of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road. West of Walnut Street
  • Southeast Quadrant – area south of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut Street including the lake area
  • Northwest Quadrant – area north of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road. West of Walnut St./J. David Jones
  • Northeast Quadrant – area north of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut St./J. David Jones
Following is the Yard Waste schedule:

First Pickup
  • Southwest – Week of April 9th
  • Southeast - Week of April 16th
  • Northwest - Week of April 23rd
  • Northeast - Week of April 30th
Second Pickup
  • Southwest – Week of May 7th
  • Southeast - Week of May 14th
  • Northwest - Week of May 21st
  • Northeast - Week of May 29th (beginning Tuesday due to the holiday)
Residents must place their leaves in brown paper leaf bags or plastic containers that are no more than 30 gallons and weigh no more than 50 lbs. Leaves should be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. on the Monday morning during their areas yard waste collection period. All leaves placed properly by 7:00 a.m. each Monday during the designated time frame will be picked up.

Guidelines have been modified restricting the use of metal cans in order to reduce injury. Metal cans and overweight containers or bags will not be picked up. Crews will place a sticker on any bag or container that does not meet the criteria and residents will be asked to re-bag their leaves.

Other details about the program:
  • All bags in compliance will be picked up and there is no need to call to schedule the service.
  • Do not remove the bagged leaves from the curb once you place them there.
  • Bags should be placed at the end of driveways or on parkways between the sidewalk and street.
  • Leaves should be placed in paper yard waste bags—not grocery sacks or boxes.
  • Do not use any type of tape on the bag to seal it shut as the tape is not recyclable.
  • Plastic bags are not accepted.
  • Yard waste stickers do not need to be placed on the bags during this collection period.
  • Residents should be advised that sweeping leaves into the street is a city violation and doing so could result in a fine.
Residents may also bring their yard waste to Evans Recycling located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway, Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Drop off is free during the collection time period.

For questions about the City of Springfield yard waste pickup, please call the Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255 or email public.works@springfield.il.us.

   Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Yard Waste?

  • Yard waste, comprised of grass clippings, leaves/weeds, plant trimmings, and/or twigs is collected and recycled locally to make mulch and keeps our sewers and storm drain systems clean and clear of debris.
Can I Throw Yard Waste Away With General Trash?

  • No-Yard waste is banned from being included with general trash, with the exception of sweet-gum balls.
  • Residents should be advised that sweeping leaves into the street is a city violation and doing so could result in a fine.
When Is The City’s FREE Yard Waste Collection?

  • The City hosts an annual free yard waste and leaf pickup in the fall and spring. Yard waste paper bags as well as hard rigid containers marked “yard waste” are accepted for collection during this time. Bags and containers cannot exceed 30 gallons nor weigh more than 50 lbs.
  • Check the City website and local newspaper for an updated collection schedule.
Is Yard Waste Collection Offered Year-Round?

  • Yes- outside of the City’s free collection, curbside collection services are offered year-round.
What Do I Do With My Yard Waste?

  • Yard waste must be placed in yard waste paper bags for collection services.
    • Outside the City’s free collection, yard waste bags must have a special sticker from your waste hauler’s company in order to be collected.
      • Stickers can be purchased for $2/each at your local hardware and/or grocery store.
      • Bags without stickers will be still be collected but resident will be charged $2.50/per bag from their respective waste hauler.
  • Bags should be placed at the end of driveways or on parkways between the sidewalk and street.
  • Bags in compliance will be picked up by their local garbage hauler and there is no need to call to schedule the service.
  • Do not remove yard waste bags once they are placed for collection.
  • Do not use any type of tape on the bag to seal it shut as the tape is not recyclable.
  • Leaves should be placed in paper yard waste bags-not grocery sacks or boxes.
  • Plastic bags are not accepted.
Is There Any Other Way To Dispose Of Yard Waste?

  • Yes- Residents may also drop off their yard waste bags year-round for $1/bag to Evans Recycling with proof of City residency. o Evans Recycling is located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway and is open Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 7:00 .am. - 12-noon. The contact number is 217.391.0886