Springfield yard waste pickup to begin October 30

Springfield yard waste pickup to begin October 30

The City of Springfield's residential fall leaf pickup AND branch pickup will begin Monday, October 30. Residents need to know the following information in order to have their yard waste and limbs picked up by the city.

Residential Yard Waste/Leaf Pickup

Residents must place their leaves in brown paper leaf bags or plastic containers that are no more than 30 gallons and weigh no more than 50 lbs. Leaves should be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. each Monday morning during the yard waste collection period. The collection period will run through Monday, December 4. All leaves placed properly by 7:00 a.m. each Monday during this six-week time frame will be picked up.

Guidelines have been modified restricting the use of metal cans in order to reduce injury. 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.
  • 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.

Residents may also bring their yard waste to Evans Recycling 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. Drop off is free during the collection time period.

Residential Branch Pickup

Residential branch pickup for fall will also begin on Monday, October 30. New this collection cycle: The fall pickup schedule is pre-set and crews will work in specified areas of the city each week. Residents are encouraged to check the city website, www.springfield.il.us, to determine which week their branches will be collected. Below is the entire fall branch pickup schedule lasting four weeks:

  • Northwest area – Branches set out by the morning of October 30
  • Walnut Street to Elle Court and Pulliam Road to South Grand Avenue
  • Lake area - Cottage Grove to Rochester Road including Tallgrass and Lincoln Greens subdivisions
  • Northeast area – Branches set out by the morning of November 6
  • Walnut to J. David Jones Parkway and Kamm Road to South Grand
  • Lake area – information will be updated weekly
  • Southwest area – Branches set out by the morning of November 13
  • Walnut Street to Old Bachelor Trail and Old Jacksonville Road to Spaulding Road (Piper Glenn Subdivision)
  • Lake area - information will be updated weekly
  • Southeast area – Branches set out by the morning of November 20
  • West Grand Avenue to Walnut Street and South Grand Avenue to Toronto Road
  • Lake area - information will be updated weekly

Branch Pickup Schedule

A map indicating where branch pickup will occur will be posted on the city website, www.springfield.il.us. In addition, the State Journal Register’s Sunday edition will print the locations where city crews will be picking up branches in the coming week.

Size of Branch Piles

The City of Springfield will pick up branch piles from residents:

  • No larger than 3 foot in height, 4 foot in depth, and 10 feet in length;
  • Piles larger than a small pick up load will not be picked up by the city;
  • The program is for branches only, no logs will be accepted
  • Branches/limbs trimmed by a commercial contractor will not be picked up; and
  • Branches must be placed on the curb not obstructing the street or sidewalk.
  • Small branches may be broken up and put into yard waste bags for pickup by your waste hauler.

Year-Round Residential Branch Drop Off

Residents may drop off branches, free of charge year-round, to Evans Recycling with proof of residency. This service is not for commercial contractors but for city residents only. 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. Contact number is 217.391.0886.

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