City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Leaf Pickup/Yard Waste

   2021-2022 Yard Waste Pickup Program

The City of Springfield’s “no sticker”, bi-weekly yard waste/leaf pick up program is underway and will run for one full year. This is a year-round program and stickers are NOT be required during the entire collection period.

  • The South Zone is the area south of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road including residential properties around the lake.
  • The North Zone is the area north of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road.

Yard waste must be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. on the Monday of your pickup week. Alley pick up will not occur for yard waste.

All yard waste MUST be placed in paper yard waste/leaf bags or hard rigid plastic containers. Containers must be clearly marked with the words “Yard Waste” or “YW” and cannot be more than 30 gallons and weigh no more than 50lbs.

Download our program overview and one page yard waste 2021 pickup schedule for your home here.

   Upcoming Pickup Schedule

A map showing the status of pickups in each Zone is located at the bottom of this page. Yard waste must be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. on the Monday of your pickup week.

South Zone:
November 1
November 15
November 29
December 13
December 27

North Zone:
October 25
November 8
November 22
December 6
December 20

   Alternative Options

Beginning April 5, 2021, residents can drop off their yard waste bags to Evans Recycling for free. This free drop is available through Saturday, May 1, 2021. After this date, the fee will be $1 per bag. Evans is located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway, Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays 7:00 a.m. – 12-noon.

Residents may also consider “Grass-cycling” which is mulching your leaves and grass when you maintain your lawns.


If you feel your house or neighborhood was missed during your pick up week, or have questions about the pickup schedule, please email

All other inquiries, please contact Public Works at 217.789.2255 or

   Program Details

Yard waste is composed of grass clippings, leaves, weeds, plant trimmings and/or small twigs and branches.

No plastic bags can be used and yard waste must be free of contamination including food, rocks, dirt, large branches, flower pots/trays, animal droppings and street waste. It is the responsibility of residents to keep their yard waste free of contaminants. If contaminants are found, yard waste will not be collected.

Metal cans and overweight containers or bags will not be picked up.

Crews will place a sticker on any bag or container that does not meet the criteria and residents will be asked to re-bag their leaves.

Other details about the program:

  • All bags in compliance will be picked up and there is no need to call to schedule the service.
  • Do not remove the bagged leaves from the curb once you place them there.
  • Bags should be placed at the end of driveways or on parkways between the sidewalk and street.
  • Yard Waste bags will NOT be picked up in the alley and must be placed curbside.
  • Leaves should be placed in paper yard waste bags—not grocery sacks or boxes.
  • Do not use any type of tape on the bag to seal it shut as the tape is not recyclable.
  • Plastic bags are not accepted.
  • Yard waste stickers do not need to be placed on the bags during this collection period.
  • Residents should be advised that sweeping leaves into the street is a city violation and doing so could result in a fine.


The City of Springfield yard waste/leaf pick up is a separate service from the city’s branch pick up service. Branch pick up follows a pre-set schedule and takes place in the Spring (April-May) and again in the Fall (October-November). If you have questions about branch pick up, please contact Public Works at the information listed above. As a reminder, smaller branches and twigs may be broken up and placed in yard waste bags or containers for pick up.

2020 Yard Waste/Leaf Pickup Map

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