City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Leaf Pickup/Yard Waste


   2022-2023 PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The City of Springfield is offering bi-weekly CURBSIDE yard waste/leaf pickup to residents within the corporate limits of Springfield. The City is divided into two zones – South and North – and each neighborhood will receive one pickup every other week, throughout the year.

Please Note: Properties located west of Veterans Parkway/north of Iles are now part of the NORTH Zone.

  • South Zone – area south of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road, including residential areas around the lake.
  • North Zone – area north of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road, including properties west of Veterans Parkway/north of Iles Avenue.

The updated schedule can be found below. You can also download the 2022 calendar year pickup schedule by clicking here.

Residents may use brown paper yard waste bags or hard plastic containers for their yard waste. If using hard plastic containers, please make sure the containers are clearly marked with “YW” or "Yard Waste". Stickers are NOT required for this program.

NEW APRIL 2022! It’s the start of spring which means residents have more yard waste bags/containers ready for pick-up. Instead of having yard waste containers sitting out all week, the City has narrowed down residential pick-ups to a two day window. This means homes furthest west will have their yard waste bags/containers picked up on Monday/Tuesday and then crews will progress east. If you are located in the middle of your pick-up zone, your pick-up will be Wednesday/Thursday and further east will be Thursday/Friday.

The City’s vendor for this program is Republic Services. If you believe your bags/containers were missed, email SpringfieldYW@republicservices.com.

If you have questions about the program, please contact the City’s Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255.

   Upcoming Pickup Schedule

A map showing the status of pickups in each Zone is located at the bottom of this page. Yard waste must be placed curbside by 6:00 a.m. of your pickup week.

Those located in the western portion of the zone will be picked up in the beginning half of the week while those located in the eastern part of their zone will be picked up in the later part of the week.

South Zone:
April 3
April 17
May 1
May 15
May 29
June 12
June 26
North Zone:
March 27
April 10
April 24
May 8
May 22
June 5
June 19

The bi-weekly pickup schedule will be updated in June, 2022.

   Alternative Options

Beginning Monday, April 4, residents can DROP OFF their yard waste bags to Evans Recycling for free. This free drop is available until Saturday, April 30. 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.

Proof of residency is required by showing your CWLP bill (including the page that lists the “Waste & Recycling” service fee) or your acquired City Tag. No other form of ID will be accepted. Only City of Springfield residents pay a monthly "Waste & Recycling" service fee on their CWLP bill. This service fee covers the cost of programs like this drop off program, year-round yard waste pick-up, electronic recycling drop off and other events like household hazardous waste collection events.

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

   Contact

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

All other inquiries, please contact Public Works at 217.789.2255 or public.works@springfield.il.us

   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.

   Reminder

The City of Springfield yard waste/leaf pick-up is DIFFERENT from the City’s branch pick-up program. Branch pick-up takes place 4 times each calendar year and follows a preset schedule. For more information on the City’s branch pick-up program, click here. As a reminder, smaller branches and twigs may be broken up and placed in yard waste bags or containers for bi-weekly curbside pick-up.

Yard Waste/Leaf Pickup Map


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