2024 Spring Yard Waste Collection

The City of Champaign’s 2024 Spring Yard Waste Collection has been scheduled.  The Blue Zone and the Orange Zone will each have one collection in April and one collection in May.

  • All residents in the Blue Zone should put materials out by 6 a.m. on Monday, April 8, and Monday, May 13, 2024.
  • All residents in the Orange Zone should put materials out by 6 a.m. on Monday, April 15, and Monday, May 20, 2024.

To find your collection zone, visit Champaign’s Yard Waste Collection Map and enter your address in the top left search bar.  Collection is available to all residential properties within the City limits.

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 your materials were not collected, make sure the items met Yard Waste Pickup Guidelines shown below.  City crews will place a doorhanger or affix bright green stickers to your bags to indicate why items were not collected.

2024 Spring Yard Waste Map

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 5 feet away from obstacles like mailboxes, trees, telephone poles, and fire hydrants.
  • If bags are placed too close to obstacles, the bags will be left until the next scheduled pickup week. 
  • Bags should be placed by 6 a.m. on your scheduled day to ensure pickup.  It is recommended to set the bags out the night before your pickup date.
  • Only bags containing leaves, grass clippings, and plant materials will be collected.  Bags with any other materials, such as rocks, glass, potted plants, mulch, or pet waste will not be collected.
  • 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.

Helpful Hints

  • 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.
  • Bags placed too close to obstacles will be left until the next scheduled pickup week.
  • 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 example:

Bagged leaves

Bags closed and placed on the curb

The next yard waste collection will occur in Fall 2024.  To receive information on this collection when it becomes available, please sign up for Yard Waste Collection notifications.

General Information

The City of Champaign sponsors two seasonal yard waste collections during the year (one in spring and one in fall), and a Holiday tree collection for all residential properties in the City.  You may also refer to the City’s Policy for Yard Waste and Holiday Tree Collection for detailed information.

At this time, residents may dispose of yard waste by composting materials, contacting a private hauler, or taking items to the Landscape Recycling Center at 1210 E. University Avenue in Urbana.

Future Collections

Residents are encouraged to sign up for automatic email notifications concerning this and all future yard waste collections:

Sign up for Yard Waste Collection Updates

Burning 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