Yard Waste


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 paper bags (maximum 33 gallons and 45 pounds) for collection. Yard waste placed in plastic bags will not be collected.

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.

Note: Yard waste collection services (except Christmas Trees), are not provided to condominium and townhome units.

Yard Waste Pick-Up 

Yard waste is collected weekly on your regular garbage pick-up day. Note: One sticker required per bag.

Stickers RequiredMay 1 - Sept. 30
Stickers Not RequiredApril, Oct. 1 - Dec. 8