So when does fall leaf collection start in my town?
Along with trick-or-treat hours, pumpkin recycling and haunted house events, that’s the question of the month of October.
Leaf-collection programs in Kane County are, if you’ll pardon the pun, a mixed bag. Some already have started, some don’t start until later this month. Some allow leaf burning, some don’t. Some do free vacuuming, some don’t.
As a service to readers, here’s a roundup of news release and website information on leaf-collection dates and processes for municipalities in Kane County.
If we missed any, please email a news release, website link and photo to email@example.com.
Many of the Kane County communities not listed below have a yard waste collection program under which all yard waste must be placed in biodegradable paper bags.
Typically, those programs run though October and November, but you should consult your municipality’s public works department for up-to-date information.
Free Leaf and Brush Collection Begins
As of Sept. 30, nothing on the Algonquin website clearly indicates the 2019 program for leaf collection. However, in previous years, the village has said Groot will provide the collection of leaves and brush at no charge from Oct. 1 through Dec. 15.
Leaves must be placed in standard paper yard waste bags or cans that are clearly marked with a red “X.”
Place all bags or cans at the curb during your regular collection day. Bagged lawn clippings along with other general yard waste shall be placed separately from bagged leaves and bundled branches and will require the use of prepaid stickers.
Stickers will be available for purchase at www.groot.com and a variety of retailers. Stickers are of a universal nature in which they can be used for cans or bags of both garbage and yard waste
Free Fall Leaf Collection Begins Oct. 21
Autumn is here, and Aurora residents will be able to dispose of their leaves for free as part of Aurora’s Annual Leaf Collection Program.
The free Fall Leaf Collection Program begins Monday, Oct. 21 and ends Friday, Dec. 6.
Leaves must be put into a 30-gallon Kraft paper yard waste bag and placed at the curb on the regular garbage pickup day by 6a.m. No waste sticker is needed.
Yard waste collection will also take place through Friday, Dec. 7, as well. On the regular garbage pickup day, yard waste must be placed in a 30-gallon Kraft paper yard waste bag not to exceed 50 pounds.
Each bag must have a waste sticker attached. The stickers used for yard waste are the same as the stickers used for excess garbage. Yard waste mixed with trash or yard waste in a trash can or plastic bag will not be collected.
Residents are also being reminded that brush must be bundled for collection. Unlimited bundled brush collection is in process and will end on Friday, Nov. 2. Branches and limbs 1/2 inch to 4 inches in diameter and 2 feet to 4 feet in length must be bundled. Each bundle must weigh less than 50 pounds.
Bundled brush does not need a waste sticker. Brush less than 1/2 inch in diameter is considered yard waste and must be packaged as previously described.
How the curbside vacuum collection program works
SOURCE: city of Batavia website
Campton Township Highway District’s Fall Brush Pick-up Begins Oct. 7, 2019
- Editor’s Note: These are pickup times for brush, which does not include leaves. According to the Highway District guidelines, “Brush is hereby defined as trimmings from bushes or shrubs, as well as tree branches from trimming and/or pruning trees. Not considered to be brush are logs, root balls (not dirt), stumps, grass clippings, flowers, weeds, plants, leaves, lumber or anything in plastic bags or other such containers.”
Highway District’s Fall Brush Pick-up Begins Oct. 7, 2019
Highway District Schedules Brush Pick-Ups For Fall 2019
The Highway District has announced the Fall 2019 dates for brush pick-up in Campton Township. Brush must be placed on the edge of the road by the weekend before the scheduled pick-up in your area:
Fall Brush Pick-up:
- Monday, Oct. 7, through Friday, Oct. 11, for north of Route 64
- Monday, Oct. 15, through Friday, Oct, 18, for south of Route 64
- Monday, Oct, 21, through Friday, Oct. 25, for Campton Hills in Plato
Please make sure your brush conforms to Highway District guidelines for pick-up.Residents with questions about the brush pick-up may contact the Highway District at 630-365-9300.
Elgin Announces 2019 Fall Leaf Collection Programs
Free bagged leaf collection begins Oct. 1 and the city’s on-street collection program in designated areas will begin on Monday, Oct. 28. Both leaf collection programs run through the first week of December. These programs help residents remove seasonal yard waste, as well as lessen the potential for flooding from excess leaves left in the street that can block storm sewer drains.
Free Yard Waste Bag Collection
Waste Management does not require stickers for yard waste bags Oct. 1 through Nov. 30. Bagged leaves are collected weekly on residents’ regular garbage pickup day.
State law prohibits the disposal of leaves and other yard waste in landfills; therefore, these materials cannot be placed in plastic garbage bags or mixed with normal garbage. Please also be aware that leaf burning is prohibited in Elgin.
Yard waste includes materials such as leaves, brush, branches, grass clippings, plants, weeds and other similar waste. Yard waste must be placed in biodegradable Kraft paper bags (maximum 33 gallons and 45 pounds) for collection. Yard waste placed in plastic bags will not be collected.
On-Street Leaf Collection
Beginning Monday, Oct. 28, weather permitting, the city of Elgin will collect leaves raked out into the street in designated areas. Leaves should be raked along the curb by 6 a.m. on the designated area’s special collection day, shown on map below.
Leaves placed in the street after the crews have passed will not be collected until the next scheduled date. Note: The on-street collection day may differ from bagged leaf collection day.
Please do not mix trash, branches or other yard waste with leaf piles. Avoid parking on the street on scheduled leaf collection days; leaf piles blocked by cars will not be collected.
Residents in the on-street collection areas may also place leaves in yard waste bags for free collection by Waste Management on regular garbage collection days.
As part of Elgin’s sustainability efforts, residents are encouraged to compost leaves or mulch leaves into their lawn with a lawnmower. Mulching controls weeds, uses less fertilizer, enables better water infiltration, reduces thatch and improves soil quality.
Please remember that weather and other delays may affect the published schedule.
In the event of snow, all on-street leaf collection will cease as snow and ice control operations take priority. Therefore, residents are encouraged to bag leaves for weekly collection by Waste Management whenever inclement weather is forecast.
Find program details on the city’s website or by contacting Elgin 311. For updates throughout the leaf collection season, follow the City of Elgin on Facebook and Twitter or download the Elgin 311 mobile app, available in Google Play and the App Store.
LEAF BAG COLLECTION PROGRAM
Dec. 1, 2019 to Dec. 28, 2019.
Residents must place the leaves in paper yard waste bags and place them out for collection on your scheduled refuse collection day. The refuse collection company will collect yard waste bags weekly until Dec. 28, 2019.
- Refuse stickers are not required from Dec. 1 to Dec. 28.
- Leaves only must be placed in the yard waste bags. No grass or other yard waste can be mixed with the leaves.
Bagged Leaf and Yard Waste Pick-up
Leaves can be placed in Kraft paper bags for pick-up and will not require a sticker, for the months of October and November. All other yard waste (brush, twigs, etc.) will require a sticker at all times. Bagged leaves and yard waste will be picked up by Waste Management on Fridays until the end of November.
Yard waste pick-up ends the last Friday of November, and resumes in April. Any leaves and yard waste not put out for collection during this time, will need to be held until yard waste pick-up resumes in April.
Curbside Leaf Program
The Village of North Aurora offers a free leaf pickup service to residents. The leaf pickup program runs from mid-October through late November, and is provided to residents every other week.
For residents living on the west side of the river, pickup begins on the third Monday of October. Residents living east of the river pickup will begin on the fourth Monday of October.
When completed each side of town will have received three pickups. Note: Even though pickup begins on Monday at 7 a.m. all streets can not be service in one day. To ensure pickup during the designated east/west weeks please have your leaves out by 6:30 a.m. Monday of the specific week, to ensure pickup in case your street is serviced first.
Please keep in mind
- Pushing leaves into the street is a violation of ordinance 03-04-28-04, Section 12.06.010.
- Leaves in the street get extremely slippery and crate a hazard for pedestrians and vehicles.
- Leaves must be on the parkway by 6:30 a.m. on your designated Monday.
- Leaf piles with vehicles parked in front of them will not be picked up
- Avoid raking foreign material into leaf piles.
- NO DIRT, ROCKS, METAL, or BRANCHES
- Inclement weather or a large volume of leaves could alter the schedule
- Rake leaves onto the parkway (area behind the curb, gutter, or road edge).
- Rake leaves in a row parallel to the street, on the parkway, at least 1 foot back from the curb.
- Keep leaf piles less than 2 feet in height.
- Keep leaves away from ditches, pipes and culverts
- LEAVES ONLY, no brush, branches, rocks, landscape waste
The village’s annual Leaf Collection Program will begin on the week of Oct. 15 and continue until approximately Nov. 30, weather depending.
Please rake leaves into the street approximately one foot from the curb. Be sure the pile consists of leaves only, and is free of sticks, rocks and other debris that will damage leaf collection equipment.