Yardwaste, which has been banned from Illinois landfills since July 1990, is picked up at the curb once a week by Allied Waste Services and transported to an IEPA-approved composting site.
A "user pay" system for yardwaste has been in effect since the July 1990 landscape waste ban. Each resident pays his proportionate share of this additional cost through the purchase of special yardwaste stickers that are required for the yardwaste to be collected.
Even though curbside pickup and composting of yardwaste is an added cost, it is ecologically wise for yardwaste to be kept out of the landfills in order to conserve the quickly-disappearing landfill space.
Where to Buy Yardwaste Stickers
Preparing Yardwaste for Pickup
Leaf Pickup Regulations
Illegal Dumping Could Cost You
Hanover Park Village Hall
2121 West Lake Street
Caputo's New Farm Produce
1250 Lake Street
Dino's Finer Foods
6768 Barrington Road
130 S. Gary, Bloomingdale
Allied Waste Systems
Jewel Food Store
750 Army Trail Road, Carol Stream
Jewel Food Store
2501 Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg
Grass and small shrubbery clippings, leaves, hedge trimmings, and garden waste may be put out for pickup.
Place yardwaste in a 35-gallon brown paper yardwaste bag available from local grocery stores and other merchants, or place it in a 35-gallon or less metal or rigid plastic container.
A yardwaste disposal sticker must be affixed to each brown bag, plastic, or metal container left at the curb. The stickers will be removed from the containers by Allied Waste Services employees as the containers are emptied.
Place the containers so the sticker faces the curb. Containers without stickers will not be emptied.
You may also contact Allied Waste Services to obtain a yardwaste container decal to further distinguish your yardwaste container from your other refuse containers.
Containers must be at the curb no later than 7:00 am on pickup day and no earlier than 5:00 pm on the afternoon preceding the pickup day.
Plastic bags or containers other than those specified above are not acceptable and will not be picked up because they jam the composting equipment and do not decompose in compost piles.
The same rules for leaving grass clippings at the curb apply to leaving leaves at the curb.
Leaves must be in a 35-gallon brown yardwaste bag, a 35-gallon metal container, or a 35-gallon rigid plastic container; and a yardwaste disposal sticker must be attached to each bag or container.
Curbside yardwaste collection will be provided by Allied Waste Services once a week, on Fridays, through November 29, 2014. Yardwaste collection will resume on April 4, 2014. The final yardwaste collection date will be Saturday, November 29, 2014.
With separate refuse disposal rates and yardwaste disposal fees, some people are tempted to lower their costs by dumping grass clippings or leaves in a vacant lot, along a creek bank, into a drainage swale or in a commercial dumpster. We have one word of advice about illegal dumping: Don't!
We must work together to save our dwindling landfill space and to find ecologically-sound ways to recycle and reuse as much as possible.
Illegal dumping is environmentally detrimental, as well as being unfair to those doing their fair share to recycle yardwaste. In the interest of the environment and out of fairness to all, those dumping illegally will be prosecuted.