Leaf Collection

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.

Weekly Bagged Leaf and Yard Waste Collection Program
FREE October 31 - December 9, 2016

The city encourages residents to take advantage of the free weekly yard waste collection program from October 31 through December 9, 2016. The program, provided through Waste Management, allows residents to dispose of yard waste without yard waste stickers each week on their normal trash collection day.

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

Prior to October 31, a yard waste sticker is required on each bag, bundle, can or cart 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. Paper yard waste bags are available at local grocery and hardware stores. The city does not provide leaf bags.

"Yard Waste Only" labels are available at the Public Works Service Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive, for purposes of clearly labeling receptacles containing yard waste. Use of these labels are not required, but receptacles must be clearly labeled "Yard Waste Only" in some fashion in order to ensure collection.

Leaves and yard waste placed in paper yard waste bags or other labeled containers will not require stickers from October 31 through December 9, 2016. Branches and other yard waste that are tied into bundles require a sticker at all times.

All yard waste collection ends for the year on December 9, 2016. This includes the city's yard waste/organics collection program that allows residents to bypass bagging and stickers by utilizing a provided cart to dispose of food waste/organics and yard waste for a monthly fee paid to Waste Management. For more information on that program, click here.

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 2016 dates:

  • October 17
  • October 31
  • November 14; ending on November 23

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 17, however, crews may not reach your neighborhood to pick-up leaves until October 28.

Please Note:

  • Snow, rain or freezing weather may significantly delay or permanently halt curbside leaf collection. If snow is forecast, leaf collection may end or be significantly delayed. Residents should dispose of remaining leaves through the City's weekly yard waste collection program. 
  • 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 weekly yard waste collection program.

 Interactive Leaf Collection Map

 The City's interactive leaf collection map can help you discover the status of leaf collection in your area, when collection is anticipated to start, when crews are in the area and when the cycle is complete.  

 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 9. During a winter plowing event, any leaves in the street will be plowed back onto the parkway. Residents should dispose of those leaves through the weekly yard waste collection program.

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 9, 2016.
  • Yard waste stickers are valid from May 2015 through April 30, 2019.
  • Yard waste collection resumes March 14, 2016.

Christmas Tree Collection

Live Christmas trees will be collected on each resident’s normal garbage collection day  the weeks of January 4 and January 11, 2016.

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.