2019 Spring Yard Waste

May 15, 2019 – The City completed Spring Yard Waste collections in the ORANGE ZONE.  The next yard waste collection event will take place in the fall.  Please be sure to sign up to the City’s email subscription service at the link below to be notified of upcoming collection events.  For Orange Zone residents, you may take landscape materials to the Landscape Recycling Center (for a fee) at 1210 E. University Avenue in Urbana, phone 217-344-5323.

BLUE ZONE residents should put materials out by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 20, 2019, for the last collection of the season.

Schedule Changes

Instead of four consecutive weeks of pickups, the Orange Zone and the Blue Zone will each have one collection in April and one collection in May.

Residents will also notice that the “one zone per weekday (O1-O5 and B1-B5)” collection has been changed for spring collection. Instead, crews will begin picking up materials on Monday of the scheduled week and work through the zone on consecutive days until all materials are collected. If materials have not been collected by Thursday of your scheduled week, please contact the Public Works Department at 217-403-4700 to report.

For a Printable Yard Waste Flyer – Click Here

2019 Orange and Blue Zone Labels with Dates

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Yard Waste Pickup Guidelines

• The collection is available to all residential properties within the Champaign city limits.

• Materials must be in 30-gallon paper yard waste bags.  NO PLASTIC BAGS OR CONTAINERS.

• Bags should be placed within 10 feet of the curbside, and five feet away from obstacles like: mailboxes, trees, telephone poles, and fire hydrants. Bags should be placed by 6:00 a.m. on the scheduled Monday to ensure pickup.

• Bags should contain leaves, grass clippings, and plant materials only. No rocks, glass, potted plants, mulch, or pet waste.

• 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.

Yard Waste Zone Map

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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 www.landscaperecyclingcenter.org.

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