The City once again offered a free Holiday Tree Collection Program for all residential properties within the City’s corporate limits.  Those wishing to participate simply had to leave their undecorated trees at the curb by Monday, January 7, for Public Works crews to collect.  The Forestry Section led the program and picked up 1,200 trees Citywide.  The trees will be chipped and made into mulch.

Free Disposal:  Residents may take trees to the Landscape Recycling Center at 1210 E. University Avenue in Urbana during the months of January and February for free disposal.

2018 Fall Yard Waste Program has Ended

The City would like to thank participants of the 2018 Fall Yard Waste Collection Program.  Collections for both the Orange and Blue Zones are complete, with 203,505 bags of yard waste collected.

Residents may take any remaining materials to the Landscape Recycling Center at 1210 East University in Urbana for a small fee.


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Yard Waste Pickup Guidelines

*Bags need to be placed at least 5 feet away from obstacles such as:  trees, mailboxes, light poles, fire hydrants, etc.*

  • 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.
  • Materials must be placed within 10 feet of the curb of a public street by 6 a.m. to ensure pickup on your scheduled day. As mentioned above, place your bags away from trees, mailboxes, streetlights, and parked vehicles.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Yard Waste Zone Map

General Information

The City of Champaign sponsors two seasonal yard waste collections during the year (one in spring and one in 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 seal your bags as much as possible to prevent loose leaves from escaping. Avoid using duct tape to seal your bags.
  • 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

Helpful bag placement


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

Bags need to be placed at least 5 feet away from obstacles such as: trees, mailboxes, light poles, fire hydrants, etc.


Your bags will not be collected if they are improperly placed.

Did you know that fall 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.”

See information on Last Season’s Leaf Shedding

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

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