City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Leaf Pickup/Yard Waste

   Yard Waste Collection/Leaf Pickup

Fall 2017 Yard Waste Pickup Program

This fall’s residential yard waste and leaf pick begins on Monday, October 30, 2017. The collection period will run through Monday, December 4. All leaves placed properly by 7:00 a.m. each Monday during this six-week time frame will be picked up. 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. Plastic containers must be labeled “Yard Waste”. Stickers are not required.

  • 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.
  • Residents should be advised that sweeping leaves into the street is a city violation and doing so could result in a fine.
Residents can also take their yard waste to Evans Recycling during the six-week collection cycle at no charge with proof of residency. Evans Recycling is located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway. Please call 217.391.0086 for hours of operation.

As a reminder:
  • Yard waste is banned from being included with general trash, with the exception of sweet-gum balls.
  • 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.
  • Outside of the City’s free fall and spring waste and leaf pickup, yard waste must be placed in yard waste bags or in an enclosed can marked “yard waste” for collection services. The bags or containers must have a special sticker from your waste hauler’s company in order to be collected. Collection services are offered year-round for a fee of $2 per container with sticker and $2.50 without a sticker.