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Leaf Collection and Spring Cleanup

Spring Cleanup

UPDATE: Winnetka’s 2017 Annual Spring Clean-up is scheduled for April 24-27, 2017.

Scheduled pickups are:

Monday, April 24th: North of Tower Road

Tuesday, April 25th: Tower Road to Pine Street

Wednesday, April 26th: Pine Street to Willow Road

Thursday, April 27th: South of Willow Road

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


Beginning January 1, 2017, the Village will discontinue the sale of Village-provided yard waste bags. Residents will be required to purchase yard waste bags instead from local home improvement stores and will still need to affix a Village yard waste sticker on the bag. Stickers can be purchased at Village Hall, Grand Foods and Lakeside Foods for $2.20 each. Bags will continue to be picked up curbside on your designated yard waste pick-up day. Other yard waste, such as brush and branches, must be bundled and each bundle must have a sticker affixed. For more information or any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at (847) 716-3568.

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 $2.20 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 $2.20 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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