Leaf Pick-Up Program

It’s that time of year again ...

Time to bust out the rake. (Or make the kids do it.)

Municipalities throughout Sangamon County have different rules that residents must follow to get all that falling foliage cleaned up.

Some towns allow leaves to be burned during certain hours and days. Others provide free curbside pickup for residents during a certain time period.

Here’s a look at the rules for various municipalities in Sangamon County:


The city of Springfield’s fall leaf pickup program will begin Monday and run through Nov. 28. Four residential haulers are under contract to provide the free service for residents. The haulers and their service areas are as follows:

  • Allied Waste, north of South Grand/Old Jacksonville Road, 522-7797
  • Lake Area Disposal, south of South Grand/Old Jacksonville Road, 522-9317
  • llini Disposal, a portion of Indian Hills, 566-3470
  • Waste Management, a portion of Northgate, 523-5498

Leaves should be placed in paper yard waste bags or cans marked “yard waste” at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday of each week. No plastic bags will be accepted. Garbage cans cannot weigh more than 60 pounds.

The first collection could take seven or eight days, but all others will occur once per week, according to the city. Residents are advised not to remove bagged leaves or cans from the curb once placed there. Each bag should not be filled with more than one-third grass or weeds.

Bags of yard waste left on the curb after Nov. 28 will require waste hauler stickers in order to be picked up.

The city also will provide free branch pickup through the end of November. Branches should be placed in front of the curb for collection. There is no set schedule for collection and no need to call to receive services.
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