Yard Waste

Christmas Trees

  • Collected thru the last refuse pickup in January
  • Must be free of all decorations (including tinsel)
  • Flocked trees cannot be picked up
  • Not in a plastic bag
  • No longer than 6 feet (if larger must be cut into pieces 6 feet or smaller)

Information on Yard Waste Pick Up (seasonal service)

Yard waste is collected  April 1st thru the last refuse pickup in November.   All yard waste must be placed in biodegradable paper bags or in a rigid container no larger than 32 gallons, clearly marked Yard Waste (Stickers are available at Village Hall).

Brush and branches must be in bundles no longer than 4 feet and tied with biodegradable string or twine; no wire.

Yard waste cannot contain any garbage, litter, rocks, sod or dirt.

Yard waste includes grass clippings, leaves, trimmings, branches and other material accumulated as the result of the care of lawns, shrubs and trees. Due to leaf decomposition, yard waste can not be placed in plastic bags nor can it be placed out for regular waste pick up.

Yard Waste does not include flower arrangements, house plants, garden plants, pumpkins, bales of straw/hay, cornstalks, dirt, or sod.  These items will be taken as trash and should be placed these items in a plastic trash bag.

Please note that Waste Management does not own the compost facility (which takes landscape waste) and must abide by their rules as well as the rules that govern the transfer stations.  The compost facility accepts landscape waste only until November 30th.  Additionally, it is illegal in the state of Illinois to mix trash and leaves due to the intense heat both create which creates a fire hazard both at the landfill and in the trucks.

All yard waste goes to the composting center and trash & recycling to the transfer stations.  If any trash that gets mixed in with yard waste, the composite facility can impose fines and if yard waste that goes to a transfer station fines may also be imposed.   The composite facilities open up again the end of December for Christmas trees only for a short period.

If you have any questions, please contact Waste Management Customer Service Center at:  1-800-796-9696.