City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Leaf Pickup/Yard Waste

   2020 Yard Waste/Leaf Pickup

The City of Springfield’s “no sticker” yard waste bi-weekly pick up program concluded December 2019.

For the winter months of January, February and March residents have three options for disposal:

  • Residents may consider “grass-cycling” which is mulching your leaves and grass when you maintain your lawns.

  • Residents can drop off their yard waste bags to Evans Recycling for a fee of $1.00/bag.
    • 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 a.m. – 12 noon

  • Residents may sticker their yard waste bags for curbside collection. Stickers cost $2.00/bag and can be acquired through local stores. Residents must properly sticker their bag according to their individual waste hauler and contact their waste hauler for pick up service.
    • Lake Area Disposal Call: 217.522.9317
    • Republic Services Call: 217.522.7797 or Email:
    • Waste Management Call: 217.523.5498
Information for the 2020 yard waste/leaf free pick up program will be announced in March 2020.

Questions may be directed to the Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255.

   Program Details

Yard waste is composed of grass clippings, leaves, weeds, plant trimmings and/or small twigs and branches.

No plastic bags can be used and yard waste must be free of contamination including food, rocks, dirt, large branches, flower pots/trays, animal droppings and street waste.

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.
  • Yard Waste bags will NOT be picked up in the alley and must be placed curbside.
  • 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.


The City of Springfield yard waste/leaf pick up is a separate service from the city’s branch pick up service. Branch pick up follows a pre-set schedule and takes place in the Spring (April-May) and again in the Fall (October-November). If you have questions about branch pick up, please contact Public Works at the information listed above. As a reminder, smaller branches and twigs may be broken up and placed in yard waste bags or containers for pick up.