City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Leaf Pickup/Yard Waste

   2019 Yard Waste/Leaf Pickup

The City of Springfield’s 2019 residential curbside yard waste pickup is underway and will go from April through December. Stickers are NOT required this year. .

Republic Services is the City’s contractor and has divided the community into two pickup zones – North and South. The North Zone is the area north of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road. The South Zone is the area south of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road including residential properties around the lake.

Crews will alternate every other week in each Zone picking up yard waste which includes grass clippings, leaves, weeds, plant trimmings and/or small twigs and branches. Gumballs can be placed with yard waste or be thrown away with regular trash. All yard waste MUST be placed in paper yard waste/leaf bags or plastic containers. Plastic containers have to be clearly marked with the words “Yard Waste” or “YW” and cannot be more than 30 gallons and weigh no more than 50 lb.

Yard waste must be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. on the Monday morning during your areas yard waste collection period. All yard waste placed properly by 7:00 a.m. each Monday during the designated time frame will be picked up.

Please note: collection crews work from west to east in each zone. Residents can utilize the interactive map below to more accurately assess their individual pick up schedule.

If you feel your area was missed or have questions about the pickup schedule, please email

   Free Yard Waste/Leaf Drop-off Going On Now

Monday, November 4 through Saturday, December 14, individuals who reside within the Springfield corporate limits may drop off their yard waste/leaf bags free of charge to Evans Recycling located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway. This service is in conjunction with the curbside yard waste/leaf pickup program that has been underway and goes through the end of December. Evans Recycling is open Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 12-noon.

The city has also announced that with the cooler weather, Republic Services, the city’s contractor for curbside yard waste pickup will be doing more regular sweeps across all of Springfield. The city will continue with alternating its weeks between the North and South Zones. However, with the changing temperatures, additional crews have been added to pick-up additional bags around the entire city.

North Zone* South Zone*
Week of November 4 Week of November 11
Week of November 18 Week of November 25
Week of December 2 Week of December 9
Week of December 16 Week of December 23

To see the day of your pending pick-up, click on the area in which you reside. You may also type in your address (include city and state) in the search box.
Green = Completed
Blue = Collection
Yellow = Pending Service
Gray = Off Week


As a reminder, stickers are NOT required for the 2019 pickup. The following options are available for those residents who have extra yard waste stickers in their possession.

  • Residents may return any unused yard waste stickers to their corresponding waste hauler. In turn, the resident will receive a credit on their waste hauling bill.
  • Residents who purchased yard waste stickers at Ace Hardware, Big-R or Walgreens and have their receipt may return their unused stickers to receive a refund.
  • Yard waste stickers also transfer over to garbage service. If residents have extra garbage, it may be placed on trash bags and stickered. This will ensure the residents receive the extra pick up during their regular weekly waste hauling service.
  • During January, February and March, yard waste stickers may be used on yard waste bags or containers and residents may call their own waste hauler for winter yard waste collection.
As a reminder, areas outside the City of Springfield corporate limits still require yard waste stickers for their residential pick up.

   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.

   Alternative Options

Through December 31, 2019, residents can drop off their yard waste bags to Evans Recycling for $1 a 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


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.