Curbside Leaf Collection Begins October 18
Neighborhoods Will Have Three Disposal Opportunities
The City’s bulk curbside leaf collection program will begin on Monday, Oct. 18. This free program provides every neighborhood three collection opportunities during a six-week period, weather permitting.
To participate, rake leaves into the street next to the curb by 6 a.m. on the first day of each collection cycle. Care should be taken to avoid storm drains. Collection cycles are scheduled to begin on:
- Monday, Oct. 18
- Monday, Nov. 1
- Monday, Nov. 15
Depending on the weather, it will take crews approximately two weeks to complete each citywide collection. Crews will collect leaves in front of each home once during each cycle.
An interactive map will be available at www.naperville.il.us/leafcollection to track progress of the collection cycles. Residents also can sign up for the City’s notification system, Naper Notify, at www.naperville.il.us/napernotify to receive leaf collection information via a phone call, text message, email or smartphone app.
Residents should note the following:
- 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.
- Leaf volume and weather uncertainties make it impossible for the City to guarantee curbside leaf collection on a specific day.
- Rake leaves to the street during every collection cycle, even if it is a small amount. This helps prevent the final collection crews from having the largest quantity to pick up when snow is the most probable and timing is crucial.
- Avoid placing items other than leaves in leaf piles. Branches, twigs, lumber, rocks and other items buried in leaf piles can cause mechanical breakdowns of equipment, delay the collection process and increase costs.
- Rake leaves away from storm drains to prevent flooding. 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.
Once crews have completed the final bulk curbside collection in your area, all remaining leaves must be disposed of through the City’s weekly yard waste collection program.
Free Bagged Leaf and Yard Waste Collection Program
The City’s free bagged leaf and yard waste collection program is scheduled to run from Nov. 1 to Dec. 17. During this time, residents are not required to use yard waste stickers to dispose of materials placed in 32-gallon paper yard waste bags, clearly marked 32-gallon trash cans or clearly marked two-wheeled carts. Place yard waste at the curb by 6 a.m. on your normal trash collection day.
Branches and other yard waste materials that are tied into bundles require a yard waste sticker at all times. Prior to Nov. 1, a yard waste sticker is required on each bag, can or cart placed out for collection.
All yard waste collection ends for the year on Dec. 17. 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 Groot Industries.
Yard waste collection will begin again on March 14, 2022.
Repurpose Your Yard Waste
Leaves contain nutrients that can help lawns and gardens. Using yard waste in landscaping can provide a more natural landscape appearance, helps keep waterways and storm drains clean and can save time and money. Residents should consider the following alternative ways to use yard waste this fall season:
- When mowing the lawn, use the mulching feature rather than bagging the clippings. Returning grass clippings to the yard keeps it healthy and saves space in the landfill.
- Mix shredded leaves into the soil in the fall and allow them to break down naturally during the winter to improve soil quality. Leaves also provide food, nesting material and cover for several types of wildlife, including birds and butterflies.
- Composted leaves can be used as mulch, covering for vegetable gardens, and have several uses in organic lawn care.
For more information on the bulk curbside leaf collection or bagged leaf and yard waste collection programs, visit www.naperville.il.us/leafcollection. For more resources on environmentally-friendly ways to re-use yard waste, visit www.naperville.il.us/yardwaste.
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.