Free bagged leaf collection begins October 1 and the City's on-street collection program in designated areas will begin on Monday, October 26. 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 October 1 through November 30. Bagged leaves are collected weekly on residents’ regular garbage pickup day. While bagged leaves will be collected through December 4, stickers are required December 1-4. No yard waste will be collected December 5, 2020 through March 31, 2021.
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.
On-Street Leaf Collection
Beginning Monday, October 26, weather permitting, the City of Elgin will collect leaves raked out into the street in designated areas through December 4. Leaves should be raked along the curb by 6:00 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 collection by Waste Management on regular garbage collection days October 1 through December 4.
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.
- October 1 - November 30: No stickers required for yard waste bags, citywide. *All yard waste bag pickups occur on residents' regular garbage collection day.
- October 26: On-street leaf collection begins in designated areas. *See map for on-street leaf collections days based on designated area.
- December 4: Last day of bagged yard waste and on-street collection, weather permitting.
- Avoid parking on streets on scheduled collection days in designated on-street collection areas.