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Yard Waste

Yard waste starts the first full week in April and runs thru the second full week in December only. A special collection period for Christmas trees and greenery will be available throughout the month of January.

Smaller brush and yard waste can be placed into biodegradable yard waste paper bags not to exceed 30 gallons in capacity or 50 pounds in weight.

Larger brush piles must be bundled using garden string or twine. The bundle size is restricted to 4’ in length, 2’ diameter, and no heavier than 50 pounds. Branches cannot exceed 3” in diameter.

Branches or stumps larger than 3” in diameter cannot be placed in the landscape waste bags; they must be handled with regular refuse. Weight is limited to a maximum of 50 pounds. Excessive amounts will incur a charge or require an alternative disposal method. If a special pick-up is required or for more information, call Republic Services, 847-981-1431 for more information.

For larger amounts of brush, residents may take advantage of Brush Collection Program

Organic Composting

Residents have the option to rent a 65 or 95 gallon wheeled cart with lid to be used for organic waste collection at an annual fee of $36 and a one time $30 movement fee per cart by Republic Services. This wheeled cart was designed to remove the water from the yard waste to minimize odors. Please call Republic Services at 847-981-1431 to order Yard Waste (Organic Composting) carts.

Acceptable items for compost are:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Bread
  • Coffee grounds
  • Yard trimmings
  • Leafs
  • Branches or twigs
  • Flowers

Regular garbage, meat, bones, and seafood is not allowed. Residents can continue to use the Kraft yard waste bags for yard waste only.

Additional Information

  • Cart sizes may be changed at any time for a $30 movement fee
  • Residents may rent additional carts
  • Residents are allowed to mark their address on the wheeled carts
  • Additional questions? Direct to Martin Metreger at