Yard Waste & Christmas Tree Collection

*The 2017 Spring Yard Waste Pickup has now concluded*

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2017 Spring Yard Waste Pickup Guidelines

The City of Champaign’s Spring Yard Waste Collection will begin in the Orange Zone on Monday, March 27 and in the Blue Zone on Monday, April 3.   Collection will alternate for FOUR weeks with each zone getting TWO pickups. See the new map below to determine your pickup dates. Please double check the map to see if your zone has changed.  In each zone, smaller areas within the zone will be picked up on a designated day.

    • The collection is available to all residential properties within the City limits.
    • Materials must be in 30-gallon paper yard waste bags. NO PLASTIC BAGS OR CONTAINERS.
    • Twigs and branches may be bundled with non-metallic twine or placed in paper yard waste bags. Branches cannot be larger than 2 inches in diameter and 3 1/2 feet long. Bundles cannot be larger than 18 inches in diameter.
    • Materials must be placed within 10 feet of the curb of a public street by 6:00 a.m. to ensure pickup on your scheduled day.
    • On heavier collection days, your pickup may be later than normal or even the next day. If your materials have not been collected by the day after your scheduled collection, please contact Public Works at 217.403.4700.
    • Certain days may allow staff to enter a zone and pickup prior to the scheduled day, however staff will return to the collection zone on the scheduled day.


Helpful bag placement

Helpful Hints:

  • Please seal your bags as much as possible to prevent loose leaves from escaping. Avoid using duct tape to seal your bags.
  • Place your bags away from trees, mailboxes, streetlights, and parked vehicles.
  • Do not put your bags out more than a week in advance; especially if rain or snow is being forecast.
  • Additional items may be taken to the Landscape Recycling Center, for a fee. More information can be found at www.landscaperecyclingcenter.org.

Restricted Items:

The Yard Waste Program is primarily intended for the pick-up of your bagged leaves.

Household trash and items will not be picked up; these items include:

  • excessive dirt
  • mulch
  • broken glass
  • rocks
  • discarded pumpkins and vegetation
  • potted plants
  • pet waste

Additionally, please be sure your bags are not filled beyond the “capacity” line indicated on the side of the bag.  Also, bags should not weigh more than 40 lbs. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in your yard waste bags not being collected.

Things to avoid



Printable Yard Waste Flyer

Facts about Spring Leaves

Did you know that leaves can add valuable nutrients to your lawn and garden?  Keep this in mind before spending needless hours bagging your leaves.  You may actually be hurting your lawn by removing too much of their natural nutrients.

“Raking and collecting leaves every autumn is a tradition without scientific basis.
Research has proven that mowing leaves into your lawn can improve its vigor.”

The links below provide helpful information regarding mulching yard waste and leaves:

 Christmas Tree Collection and Recycling

Christmas Tree Collection will be scheduled in late 2017

To participate in this FREE collection, residents may place their natural tree within four feet of the curb by 6 a.m. on their scheduled collection day.  Residents should refer to the map below to determine their collection date.

Trees with stands, decorations, tinsel, lights, artificial snow-frost, plastic bags, or any other material that makes the tree non-recyclable WILL NOT BE COLLECTED.

Collected trees are chipped and made into garden mulch.

 General Information

The City of Champaign sponsors two seasonal yard waste collections (spring and fall) and a Christmas tree collection for all residential properties in the City. The fall yard waste collection provides residents with four collection opportunities, while the spring yard waste collection provides two collection opportunities.

Please note: Burning of leaves in the City of Champaign is prohibited at all times.
Please see Chapter 15, Section 20 of the municipal code.

For questions about yard waste collection:

Public Works Department
702 Edgebrook Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-403-4700
Public Works Hotline: 217-403-8852

For questions about leaf burning:

Champaign Fire Department


 For more information, please call Public Works at 217.403.4700.