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Special Programs

Leaf Collection

Each year, the Village performs its annual leaf collection program from mid-October to early December . 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. 

The Village's annual leaf collection program has ended. Residents must now place leaves in yardwaste bags with a yardwaste sticker affixed and placed at the curb to be collected on your primary refuse collection date.

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 $2.25 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 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.

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.

Spring Clean-Up Week

Spring Clean-Up occurs in April.

The 2020 Spring Clean-Up will take place from April 27, 2020 through April 30, 2020.

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. 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 Clean-Up, 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.

Pumpkin Composting

Where: Public Works Facility, 1390 Willow Road

When: November

Time: 9:00AM - 1:00PM

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.

Holiday Tree Pick-Up

Christmas trees are picked up from the curbside for shredding, chipping, and composting during the first three weeks of January following the holiday season.  After the third week, a $2.25 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.

Residents wishing to participate should remove everything from trees that could clog or damage the shredder, including: plastic bags or wraps, ornaments, tinsel, wires and stands.

Paper Shredding Event

The 2020 Paper Shredding Event will take place on August 22, 2020.

Winnetka’s Document Destruction Event will be held in August at the Public Works Yards at 1390 Willow Road. The goal of the program is to assist residents with recycling out-dated or sensitive documents. As a continuing program, the Solid Agency of Northern Cook Country (SWANCC) is providing a one-day document destruction event for residentially-generated paper, such as medical forms, bank statement, personal files, retired tax forms, etc. Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed, but please remove binders.

There is no cost to participate, but residents must live in one of SWANCC’s member communities (Winnetka is a SWANCC member community) and ID’s will be checked for proof of residency. Residents will be limited to six file-size boxes or paper shopping bags per vehicle.

Snow & Ice Control

The Public Works Department provides the critical services of snow and ice control throughout the winter months in Winnetka. They are committed to keeping the streets clear and traffic moving and strive to provide the most efficient and thorough snow removal possible so that drivers are safe traveling the streets.

Plowing activities typically begin in Winnetka with snow accumulations of about 2 inches on the streets and sidewalks.

As there are a limited number of plows and drivers, Public Works assigns routes to give priority to the main routes, such as Hibbard Road, Green Bay Road, and Sheridan Road. These routes receive much of the traffic in the Village and must be kept clear for traffic safety and emergency access. Minor streets receive next priority. Cul-de-sacs and alleys are addressed last. Public sidewalks are usually plowed after snowfalls of 3 to 4 inches or more, in tandem with the streets, unless the demands of clearing the streets take precedence. With approximately 4,000 driveways in the Village, crews do not clear residential driveways and do not return to clear the end of the driveway after plows have passed.

Salt Usage


The Village uses salt in combination with plowing on main roadways. However, in order to reduce costs and be friendlier to the environment, the Village limits salt usage in residential areas to intersections and to those locations where traffic is the heaviest or there are inclines. Salt is generally less effective at very low temperatures and so a combination of salt, sand, and liquid calcium chloride may be spread during these periods to maintain traction. The Village will also apply liquid salt brine before certain snow and ice events as an anti-icing measure. Pre-applying liquid salt brine reduces snow and ice buildup on roads, and reduces the amount of solid rock salt that must be spread for any given event.



Important Information for Snow Removal Contractors

It has been a common practice for many snow removal companies to push snow from one property, across public streets, and onto the parkway on the opposing side of the street. This process often leaves ridges of snow on previously cleared streets that create traffic hazards. Additionally, the deposited snow is often a nuisance to the "receiving" properties because of potential property damage and reduced sight lines from their driveways. As such, the Village is requesting that property owners communicate with their private snow plow operators and direct them to deposit snow on the Village's parkway that is located immediately adjacent to and on the same side of street as the property from which the snow is being removed. Please see the diagram below for a visual guide.


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