City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Leaf Pickup/Yard Waste

   2020-2021 Yard Waste Pickup Program

The City of Springfield’s “no sticker”, bi-weekly yard waste/leaf pick up program begins the week of April 6 in the South Zone. The program will run for one full year, and stickers will NOT be required during the entire collection period.

Republic Services is the city’s contractor and has divided the community into two pick up zones – North and South. Crews will alternate every other week in each “zone” picking up yard waste. To estimate when your yard waste will be picked up, crews always work from west to east in each zone. Those located in the eastern part of their zone will be picked up in the later part of the week while those in the west portion of the zone will be picked up in the beginning half of the week.

  • The South Zone is the area south of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road including residential properties around the lake.
  • The North Zone is the area north of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road.

Yard waste must be placed curbside. Alley pick up will not occur for yard waste.

All yard waste MUST be placed in paper yard waste/leaf bags or hard rigid plastic containers. Containers must be clearly marked with the words “Yard Waste” or “YW” and cannot be more than 30 gallons and weigh no more than 50lbs.

   Upcoming Pickup Schedule

A map showing the status of pickups in each Zone is located at the bottom of this page.

South Zone:
April 06, 2020
April 20, 2020
May 04, 2020
May 18, 2020
June 01, 2020
June 15, 2020
June 29, 2020
July 13, 2020
July 27, 2020

North Zone:
April 13, 2020
April 27, 2020
May 11, 2020
May 25, 2020
June 08, 2020
June 22, 2020
July 06, 2020
July 20, 2020

This calendar will be updated in June.

   Alternative Options

Beginning April 6, residents can drop off their yard waste bags to Evans Recycling for free. This free drop is available until Saturday, May 9. After this date, the fee will be $1 per bag. Evans is located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway, Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays 7:00 a.m. – 12-noon.

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


If you feel your house or neighborhood was missed during your pick up week, or have questions about the pickup schedule, please email

All other inquiries, please contact Public Works at 217.789.2255 or

   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. It is the responsibility of residents to keep their yard waste free of contaminants. If contaminants are found, yard waste will not be collected.

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.

2020 Yard Waste/Leaf Pickup Map

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