Yard Waste & Christmas Tree Collection

Fall 2015 Yard Waste Pickup

The City of Champaign 2015 Fall Yard Waste Collection has been scheduled and will start with the Blue Zone on Monday, October 12, 2015.

Orange Zone collections will begin on Monday, October 19, 2015.

Collections will continue through December 11, 2015, on the dates scheduled below.

  • The collection is available to all residential properties within the City limits.
  • Materials must be in 30-gallon paper yard waste bags. NO PLASTIC BAGS OR CONTAINERS.
  • 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.
  • Materials must be placed within 10 feet of the curb of a public street by 6 a.m. to ensure pickup on your scheduled day.
  • On heavier collection days, your pickup may be later than normal or even the next day. If your materials have not been collected by the day after your scheduled collection, please contact Public Works at
  • Certain days may allow pickup staff to enter a zone and pickup prior to the scheduled day, however staff will return to the collection zone on the scheduled day.





Facts about Fall Leaves 

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.”

The links below provide helpful information regarding mulching yard waste and leaves:

General Information

The City of Champaign sponsors two seasonal yard waste collections 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 note: Burning of leaves in the City of Champaign is prohibited at all times.
Please see Chapter 15, Section 20 of the municipal code.

Restricted Items:

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.

Helpful Hints

  • Please seal your bags as much as possible to prevent loose leaves from escaping. Avoid using duct tape to seal your bags.
  • Place your bags away from trees, mailboxes, streetlights, and parked vehicles.
  • Do not put your bags out more than a week in advance; especially if rain or snow is being forecasted.

Things to avoid


Helpful bag placement


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

For questions about leaf burning:

Champaign Fire Department


City of Champaign Christmas Tree
Recycling and Collection (January)

The City of Champaign Christmas Tree Recycling and Collection Program offers two options to recycle your Christmas tree.

  • Free Disposal:  Trees may be taken to the Landscape Recycling Center (344-5323) at 1210 E. University Avenue in Urbana at no cost during the month of January.


  • Collection: City residents may participate by placing their tree within four feet of the curb by 6 a.m. on their scheduled collection day.

City residents may participate by placing their tree within four feet of the curb by 6 a.m. on their scheduled collection day.  Click on either picture below for a printable version of this page.

Trees with stands, decorations, tinsel, lights, artificial snow-frost, plastic bags, or any other material that makes the tree non-recyclable WILL NOT BE COLLECTED.

Collected trees are chipped and made into garden mulch.

 For more information, please call Public Works at 217.403.4700.