2019 Fall Yard Waste Collection

The City of Champaign 2019 Fall Yard Waste Collection has ended.  Over the course of the eight-week collection, the Public Works Operation Division collected 184,370 bags of yard waste.  At this time, residents may dispose of yard waste by composting materials, contacting a private hauler, or taking items to the Landscape Recycling Center.

The next yard waste collection will occur in Spring 2020.  To receive information about this future yard waste collection, please sign up now to receive notifications as information becomes available:   Sign up for Yard Waste Collection Updates

2020 Holiday Tree Collection

The City’s Holiday Tree Collection Program collection date has been set as Monday, January 13, 2020.  This free collection program is available to all residential properties within the City’s corporate limits.

  • City residents must place their tree within four feet of the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, January 13, 2020, for collection.
  • Collected trees are chipped and made into garden mulch.
  • Trees with stands, decoration, tinsel, lights, artificial snow/frost, plastic bags, or any other materials that make the trees non-recyclable will not be collected.
  • Residents may take trees to the Landscape Recycling Center at 1210 E. University Avenue in Urbana for free disposal during the months of January and February.

Holiday trees will not be collected by zone.  ALL trees must be placed on the curb for pickup by 6 a.m. on January 13.  Pickup is weather dependent, but trees will get picked up as quickly as possible.

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 refer to the City’s Policy for Yard Waste and Holiday Tree Collection for detailed information.

Future Collections

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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 ten feet of the curbside, and five 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.
  • 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

Yard Waste By Zone

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Click on this  YARD WASTE COLLECTION MAP to easily find your collection dates!

  • 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

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 five feet away from obstacles such as trees, mailboxes, light poles, fire hydrants, etc.

Bags placed too close to obstacles will be left until the following schedule collection week.

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:

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