Leaf Collection and Spring Cleanup

Holiday Tree Pick-Up

Christmas trees will be picked up from the curbside for shredding, chipping, and composting beginning January 3, and continuing through January 18, 2018. After January 18, a $2.20 pink refuse sticker will be required to ensure pickup. Please remove everything from trees, including plastic bags or wraps, ornaments, tinsel, wires, and the stand, as these will clog and damage the shredder. If you have questions about the program, please call 847-716-3568.

Leaf Collection

The Village’s annual curbside leaf collection program runs from mid-October through the end of November. 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. Refuse 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.

Pumpkin Composting

Village Pumpkin Collection Event
 

WHERE: Public Works Facility, 1390 Willow Road

WHEN: Early November each year

In a continuing effort to expand environmental initiatives, the Village of Winnetka is hosting a one-day pumpkin collection.  Residents are encouraged to bring in pumpkins for the Village to properly dispose of, limiting the amount brought to landfills.  The Public Work Department will provide a designated drop off location at the Municipal Yards Facility at 1390 Willow Road.  Please remove any solid waste (candles, bags, etc.).  Collection of garbage, food scraps or other landscape waste will not be accepted.  Please contact the Public Works Department at 847-716-3568 with any questions.

Spring Cleanup

Winnetka’s 2018 Annual Spring Clean-up is scheduled the last week in April - Monday, April 23 through Thursday, April 26.

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.

UPDATE:

Beginning January 1, 2017, the Village discontinued 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. 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. 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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