City’s Response for Storm Damage – Trees and Brush Collection Announced

The City of Champaign Public Works Department would like to update its residents on the storm cleanup activities taking place in south-central Champaign and other areas of the City. Storms on Sunday, May 26, 2019, left behind many damaged trees, bushes, and other natural debris. Much of this damage was in the area bounded by Kirby Ave., Neil St., Windsor Rd., and Mattis Ave. City-owned and private tree debris is being picked up and will continue to be picked up from the public right-of-way (ROW) as it is placed there. City crews continue to work on tree pruning and removal of broken limbs hanging in trees (hangers) and street sweeping in the impacted area.

City residents in the area bounded by Kirby Ave., Neil St., Windsor Rd. and Mattis Ave. may leave debris from damaged trees at the curb for City crews to pickup and haul away. Residents will have until Tuesday, June 4, 2019, to place tree and brush debris along the ROW for collection.

City residents in other areas of Champaign who have similar tree debris, should contact the Public Works Department to request a pickup at publicworks@champaignil.gov

The Public Works Department has outlined the following steps in order to provide direction on how items should be placed along the ROW:

  • Leave items along the ROW and parallel to the curb where it can easily be picked up with heavy equipment (at least 5-feet away from trees, mailboxes, poles, fire hydrants, power boxes, etc.).
  • Yard waste bags are OK; no plastic bags or containers.
  • Small branches and twigs may be bundled with non-metallic twine or placed in paper yard waste bags.
  • Logs/limbs should be 8-feet or shorter so they can be safely contained during transport.
  • The City will only be collecting tree limbs and brush.

For other types of debris, the City recommends that homeowners contact their insurance companies and/or solid waste hauler to discuss options for removal.