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Yard Waste

Yard waste has been​​ banned from landfills in Illinois since 1990, so it cannot be placed out as trash with your regular waste pick up.

For updates on service interuptions caused by COVID-19 please contact your city or waste hauler directly. See here​ for Kane County Recycles Guidance for Residents.

Note that yard waste collection and brush collection are different services. See information below.​

Yard waste which is collected at the curb (in carts or brown bags) by your waste hauler, in parallel with trash and recycling service, includes
  • grass clippings
  • weeds
  • leaves
  • twigs
  • vines


Yard waste does not include
these materials because they jam up the large chippers, shredders and mulchers used at the yard waste composting facilities. Therefore these materials can be composted in a backyard mulch pile or may be able to be taken to a drop-off location. If those options do not work for you then you can place these in your regular trash. 

  • houseplants with root-ball and soil attached
  • pumpkins (look for pumpkin recycling program on events page)
  • bales of straw/hay
  • cornstalks
  • dirt
  • sod

Cost: Many areas require that there be one (or more) refuse stickers attached to yard waste; see list to the right for details on your area.

Brush Collection: Services for brush, branches/limbs, and other large landscape debris are generally provided as an added service by your city public works department or township highway department (if you live in an unincorporated area). Please reach out to them for more information.

  • ​brush: limbs, branches, tree trunks, dead trees
  • Please do not burn brush at this time, regardless of whether it is allowed by this regulation​. We do not want to be filling the air with smoke (particulate matter) while people are suffering from resperatory disease!

Reducing Yard Waste Reduces Cost: Kane County encourages residents to look for cost-saving alternatives to bagging yard waste for collection.​Residents who wish to reduce or avoid yard waste costs can use mulching mowers, leaf shredders, or backyard compost piles. Information on these methods can be widely found on the internet. The best way to reduce yard waste is to use a mulching blade in your mower and leave grass clippings in the lawn to decompose. Lawn mowers should be kept sharp and only one-third of the grass blade should be cut. Grass trimmings and leaves can also be composted or used for mulch in flowerbeds and vegetable gardens. Not only is backyard composting sensible from an economic perspective, it also effectively converts yard wastes into a useful soil additive that can make your garden healthier by returning valuable nutrients to the soil.

No Plastic Bags: Please do not place yard waste in plastic bags. It is usually recommended that you place leaves and grass clippings in brown kraft paper bags and bundle the brush according to guidelines; see the Yard Waste Area Programs list at the right for details in your area.


Yard Waste Area Programs

Please click on one of the following links for details on the yard waste program in your area.
Algonquin
Aurora
Bartlett​
Batavia​
Campton
Dundee (East)
Dundee (West)
Elburn
Elgin
Geneva
Mill Creek
Sleepy Hollow
St. Charles
Sugar Grove
Unincorporated County residents, or residents in the Villages that don’t have refuse and recycling contracts through your municipality, please contact your Waste Hauler for more information.