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Leaf Collection and Spring Cleanup

Update: 2016 Leaf Collection Schedule

The Village will be continuing curbside leaf collection through November 28th. As a way to track where crews are currently working and anticipated collection areas for the following day, please refer to the information below:

Updated December 2, 2016

December 2, 2016: Crews are currently working between Winnetka Avenue and Elm Street, East of Green Bay Road.

December 3, 2016: Crews will be working between Elm Street and Whitebridge Hill Road, East of Green Bay Road.

2016 Leaf Collection Schedule Map


Spring Cleanup

UPDATE: Winnetka’s 2016 Annual Spring Clean-up is scheduled for May 9th-12th. Crews will begin North of Tower Road on Monday, between Tower Road and Pine Street on Tuesday, between Pine Street and Willow Road on Wednesday, and South of Willow Road on Thursday.

The annual Spring Cleanup Program is a free service to residents provided by the Public Works Department. The program provides residents an excellent opportunity to clean out attics, basements, garages, etc. of unwanted items and materials. The Public Works Crews collect almost anything that two men can reasonably lift from the parkway into a truck.

There are, however, some items crews will not collect as part of the Spring Cleanup, including:

  • Yardwaste
  • Dirt or stones
  • Construction material
  • Logs
  • Paint (including paint thinner and stains)
  • Chemicals
  • Gasoline or oil
  • Pesticides or herbicides
  • Propane tanks
  • Any other liquids or hazardous materials

Please do not place any of the above listed items at the curb for pickup. Crews are not able to collect these items and they will be left behind.

As with Leaf Collection, crews are not able to respond to callbacks for Spring Cleanup once the program has concluded. Throughout the year, though, Public Works offers special pickups (at a fee) through its refuse collection program. Residents can call the Public Works Department at 847-716-3568 to request a special pick up.

Leaf Collection

UPDATE: The Village’s annual curbside leaf collection program will run from Monday, October 17 until Monday, November 28. Under this program, residents may rake their leaves to the parkway just inside the edge of the curb for collection by the Village.

Please do not rake leaves into the streets for collection. This creates a hazard, as leaves become very slippery when wet. In addition, leaves piled in the street may clog storm sewers, leading to flooded streets and yards.

Village collection crews will begin in the northwest corner of town along Scott Avenue, and work their way south, between Green Bay Road and the west Village limits. When the west side of town is completed, collection will begin in the southeast portion of town and work north, between Green Bay Road and Lake Michigan. When one such round is complete, crews begin again in the northwest section of town and continue in a like manner. The time needed to complete a round varies, depending on the volume of leaves and whether they are wet or dry; however, the Village aims to complete 6 to 8 rounds during the length of the program.

Leaves must be placed on the parkway no later than 7:00 AM daily and by the last day of collection. Leaves placed out after this time must be placed in Winnetka yard waste bags or in plain paper yard waste bags with a Village yard waste sticker affixed. Winnetka bags and stickers are available for purchase at Grand Foods and Lakeside for $2.00 each. These bags should weigh no more than 70 pounds each when filled and will be collected as part of the regular curbside yard waste program.

Please follow these guidelines to ensure safe and efficient service:

Rake leaves into a pile(s) in the parkway adjacent to the back of the curb and not in the street to reduce hazards and enable crews to move quickly and collect leaves more efficiently.

Remove stones, litter, branches or other landscape debris. Piles containing these items will not be collected as they can damage equipment and injure workers.

• Avoid placing leaves in front of storm drains or utility covers.

• Avoid piling leaves around cars, boulders, fire hydrants, trees or posts.

• Avoid parking on top or adjacent to the leaf piles.

• Do not rake to alleys or service roads.

Leaf piles that are mixed with grass trimmings, branches, brush or other yard waste will not be collected under the leaf collection program. They must be bagged and collected as part of the regular curbside yard waste program. For more information, call the Public Works Department at 847-716-3568.

Holiday Tree Pickup

Following the holiday season, in early January each year, the Public Works Department conducts a special program for Holiday Tree pickup. Trees are picked-up from the curbside for shredding, chipping, and composting. The service is generally offered the first through the third week of January. After the program has passed, trees will still be picked-up, as long as a $2 refuse sticker is displayed.

Residents wishing to participate should remove everything from trees that could clog or damage the shredder, including:

  • Plastic bags or wraps
  • Ornaments
  • Tinsel
  • Wires
  • Stands
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