City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Leaf Pickup/Yard Waste

   Free Drop Off Program Now Until December 10

The City’s fall, six-week yard waste DROP OFF program is underway now through Saturday, December 10. Residents within the corporate limits of Springfield can drop off their yard waste to Evans Recycling during this time period without paying a fee. Proof of residency is required by showing your complete CWLP bill. Evans is located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway and is open Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday hours will be extended from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during this drop off period. This is in addition to the City’s Curbside Pick-up program. Information about curbside pick-up is below.


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

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:
September 19
October 03
October 17
October 31
November 14
November 28
December 12
December 26
North Zone:
September 26
October 10
October 24
November 07
November 21
December 05
December 19

   Be Mindful Where You Place Yard Waste Curbside

The City’s Public Works is reminding residents to please watch where you place your yard waste bags, containers and branches. Any structures around or underneath these items may be damaged during collection. To help maintain the structural integrity of items and for the safety of our crews, please avoid placing yard waste and branches on:

  • Manholes
  • Handholes
  • Junction Boxes
  • Meter Pits
  • Standpipes
  • Sprinkler heads
  • Inlets
  • Drains
  • Poles/Posts
  • Guy Wires
  • General Equipment or Structures
  • Sidewalks
  • Bike Lanes
  • Boulevards


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 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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