Leaf Collection Options

APWA Logo WebThe City of Naperville offers two leaf collection options to meet the needs of residents. Naperville’s free bagged (no sticker required) leaf collection program allows residents to dispose of leaves and yard waste weekly.

The city’s bulk curbside collection gives every neighborhood three leaf disposal opportunities.

All bagged and bundled yard waste collection ended on December 12, 2014. Collection will resume on March 16, 2015.


Weekly Bagged Leaf and Yard Waste Collection Program
November 3 - December 12, 2014

The city encourages residents to take advantage of the free bagged collection program. The bagging program, provided through Allied Waste, allows residents to dispose of yard waste bags without yard waste stickers each week on their normal trash collection day. This free bagged collection program is available from November 3 through December 12, 2014.

To participate, fill 32-gallon paper yard waste bags with leaves and other yard waste.  There is a 60 pound maximum per bag. Be aware that wet leaves will add to the weight of the bag. Place the bags at the curb by 6 a.m. on your normal trash collection day.

Prior to November 3, a yard waste sticker is required on each bag or bundle placed out for collection. Stickers cost $2.10 and can be purchased at many Naperville stores or in the Finance Department at the Municipal Center.

Leaves and yard waste placed in paper yard waste bags will not require stickers from November 3 through December 12, 2014. Branches and other yard waste that are tied into bundles require a sticker at all times.

Paper leaf bags are available at local grocery and hardware stores. The city does not provide leaf bags.

Bulk Curbside Leaf Collection Program

The bulk curbside leaf collection program provides residents with an alternative way to dispose of their leaves. Using specialized mechanical equipment, city crews collect leaves from the street. Leaf volume and weather uncertainties make it impossible for the city to guarantee curbside leaf collection on a specific day.

The city's curbside leaf collection schedule provides every neighborhood with three collection opportunities, weather permitting. To participate, residents rake leaves into the street next to the curb in front of the house, avoiding storm drains, at the beginning of each leaf collection cycle.

Leaves must be raked into the street by 6 a.m. on the following 2014 dates:

  • October 20
  • November 3
  • November 17

Crews will collect leaves in front of each home once during each two-week collection cycle. For example, residents must rake leaves into the street by 6 a.m. October 20, however, crews may not reach your neighborhood to pick-up leaves until November 1.

Please Note:

  • Snow, rain or freezing weather may significantly delay or permanently halt curbside leaf collection. If snow is forecast, residents should bag the remaining leaves as leaf collection may end or be significantly delayed.
  • Place only leaves in leaf piles. Items such as branches, twigs, lumber, rocks, Halloween decorations, etc., can cause the equipment to break down. These breakdowns delay the collection process and increase the cost of the program.
  • Rake leaves away from storm drains in the street to prevent flooding.
  • The mechanical curbside leaf collection equipment will leave debris on the street. Street sweeping will begin after curbside leaf collection ends, weather permitting. Residents may choose to sweep up leaf debris and include it in the bagged collection program.

Did You Know?

If every household placed just two paper yard waste bags of leaves at the curb during leaf collection, over 65,000 bags of leaves would be collected, thus helping the city handle the huge volume of leaves our community generates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the city do an extra pick-up if the leaves fall late in the season? 
Much of the same equipment that is used for the leaf collection program is also used for winter operations. Once vehicles are converted to accommodate deicing and snow plowing, they will not be returned to leaf collection service. Historically, our first snowfall occurs by early December. Any leaves that fall after the last collection cycle should be placed in paper yard bags at the curb on garbage collection day through December 12. During a winter plowing event, any leaves in the street will be plowed back onto the parkway. Residents should dispose of those leaves in paper yard waste bags. Stickers are not needed for yard waste bags placed at the curb from November 3 through December 12, 2014.

How can I help? 
Assist a sick or elderly neighbor with their leaf disposal.

Put out a couple of leaf-filled bags on each garbage day to help reduce the volume. No sticker is required.

Are volunteers available to help elderly or disabled residents rake their leaves? 
Neighborhood scout troops, high school service clubs and church groups may be sources of help.

What happens to the leaves after they are collected? 
The leaves picked up through the curbside leaf collection program are used to fertilize agricultural fields. Bagged leaves are composted.

Leaf and Yard Waste Collection Deadlines

  • All bagged and bundled leaf and yard waste collection for the year will end December 12, 2014.
  • Yard waste stickers are valid from 2011 through 2015.
  • Yard waste collection resumes March 16, 2015.

Christmas Tree Collection

Live Christmas trees will be collected on each resident’s normal garbage collection day  the weeks of January 5 and January 12, 2015.

Mulching and Composting

The city also allows residents to mulch and compost leaves, grass clippings, weeds, wood chips, twigs, etc. Home composting is regulated by Naperville Municipal Code, Chapter 3, Title 4. Interested residents should call (630) 420-6693 for regulations.

Leaf Burning

The burning of leaves is not permitted within the city limits.

More Information

Leaf collection information is also available on:

  • Naperville Government Access Channels:
    • Channel 6 (WOW)
    • Channel 10 (Comcast)
    • Channel 99 (AT&T Uverse)

For more information on any of the City of Naperville's leaf collection programs, residents can call the Public Works Department at (630) 420-6095.