Brush, Leaves and Yard Waste
Because of different environmental requrements for their disposal and the different pieces of equipment required to collect them, brush, leaves and yard waste are all handled different separately from regular garbage and from each other.
Brush includes tree and bush branches that are less than 5” in diameter. It must be bundled to be collected. Collection is free, and is conducted multiple weeks, spring through fall.
Leaves include leaves from trees and shrubs. They must be raked and piled neatly in the parkway to be collected. Collection is free, and is conducted in the fall until first snowfall.
Yard Waste includes grass clippings, leaves, branches, limbs, weeds, logs, and garden plants. It must be bagged in 30-gallon kraft yard waste bags to be collected, and usually requires a sticker. Yard waste is collected April through November.
The Village has implemented brush collection by zones. There are two zones. Zone A includes all properties east of the Fox River and north of US 34 as well as those properties west of the Fox River and north of Mill Road. Zone B includes all properties east of the Fox River and south of US 34 as well as those properties west of the Fox River and south of Mill Road. Click for a downloadable map of brush collection zones. We will collect brush from each zone once each month beginning in April. The last pickup will be in October just prior to the start of the leaf collection program. Collection weeks for 2018 are as follows:
Zone A Zone B
April 2 April 9
May 7 May 14
June 4 June 11
July 2 July 9
August 6 August 13
September 4 September 10
October 1 October 8
Place all brush at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on Monday morning of the designated week but no earlier than noon the Friday before.
The Public Works trucks will pass through an area once and will not return for brush placed after the deadline.
Brush is defined as tree and bush branches that are less than 5” in diameter. The Brush Collection Program is not intended to handle branches, logs or tree stumps as a result of large-scale tree trimming or removal. Place unbundled brush parallel or perpendicular to the street in neat bundles with all cut ends facing the same direction. Do not put brush in a container or in the street. We will not pick up logs, wood, root balls, cuttings, or grass clippings. Crews will place an orange tag on your door indicating the reason they did not pick up the brush if it is the wrong material or placed at the curb prior to the deadline.
The Village provides this service for residents. The Village does not accept landscaping generated by contractors.
Curbside leaf collection, a service provided free to Oswego residents, begins Monday, Oct. 16 and continues through Friday, Dec. 4, throughout the Village of Oswego.
Leaves will be picked up three times in each of the three zones throughout the Village. Leaf collection dates are subject to change because of inclement weather, equipment, or high leaf volume. Residents should plan ahead and put leaves out early to help ensure collection.
Leaf Zones and Collection Dates
Zone A includes all properties that are west of the Fox River, plus the Hunt Club subdivision, and all properties that are both east of Fox Bend Golf Course and south of Route 34. Leaves in Zone A will be collected the weeks of Oct. 16, Oct. 30 and Nov. 20.
Zone B includes all properties south of Wolf Road; all properties that are south of Route 34, east of the Fox River, and west of Route 71 (downtown Oswego); and all properties south of Route 71 excluding Hunt Club. Leaves in Zone B will be collected the weeks of Oct. 16, Nov. 6, and Nov. 27.
Zone C includes all properties that are both east of the Fox River and northwest of Route 34. Leaves in Zone C will be collected the weeks of Oct. 23, Nov. 13 and Dec. 4.
Refer to the Leaf Collection Zone Map for more details.
How to Place Leaves
Place leaves in piles in the grass on the parkway near the curb by 7 a.m. on the Monday of your specified week for collection. Leaves not places in the parkway by 7 a.m. Monday will be picked up on the following scheduled collection week for your zone.
No brush, grass clippings, tree limbs, vines or trash will be collected. These materials cause damage to the leaf collection vacuum and can cause serious injury or death to staff or others nearby. Keep all leaves out of the curb and the street to prevent hazardous driving conditions or street flooding.
Due to the tremendous size of this job, leaves obstructed by parked vehicles or near other obstructions must be skipped and will not be picked up until the following collection week for your zone.
There is a small window of time between when leaves fall to the first snowfall, and inclement weather or an abnormally large volume of leaves can alter the leaf collection schedule. Once leaves are snow-covered, they can no longer be collected by vacuum, and the leaf collection program may be suspended.
Leaf Collection Alternatives
Residents are encouraged to use other environmentally friendly ways of disposing of leaves. Place leaves in and around plant beds and under trees and shrubs to provide nutrients for the soil and insulation for rose bushes and other fickle plants, or use a mulching lawn mower to return those nutrients back to your lawn. Residents may dispose of leaves by bagging them and placing them at the curb for Yard Waste Collection.
Residents are reminded that burning leaves is prohibited at all times in the Village.
Yard Waste Collection
Yard waste pick up will begin the week of April 2, 2018, and will continue weekly until Friday, December 1, 2018. The State of Illinois defines yard waste as grass or shrubbery cuttings, leaves, small tree limbs and other materials accumulated as the result of the care of lawns, shrubbery, vines and trees. Examples of yard waste include grass clippings, leaves, branches, limbs, weeds, logs, and garden plants. Your waste material will be collected only if it is placed in a 30 gallon Kraft paper bag with 1 Groot Industries yard waste sticker affixed to the front of the bag. The bags and stickers are available at local retail grocery and hardware stores. Yard waste will be collected on the same day that your regular trash is collected. Please have your yard waste, trash and recycling at your curb by 6:00 a.m. on your collection day.
Yard Waste stickers cost $1.75 and may be purchased at:
- Oswego Village Hall, 100 Parkers Mill
- Ace Hardware, 4500 Route 71
- Jewel, 2540 Route 30
- Jewel, 3795 Orchard Road
- Liane’s Family Pantry, 4574 Route 71
- Meijer, 2700 Route 34
- Walgreens, 410 Chicago Road
- Walgreens, 3401 Orchard Road
Spring and Fall Cleanup Week
Groot Industries provides a clean-up day in the spring and fall for Oswego residents. They will collect additional household waste, yard waste and bulk items for all Village residents, typically for one week in late April and one week in early November, on your normally scheduled garbage day, for free. No stickers are required during free cleanup weeks, however residents must still place yard waste in the 30-gallon kraft yard waste bags. Yard waste will not be accepted in plastic bags.
Place all items, along with your regular garbage and recycling, at the curb by 6 a.m. on your normally scheduled garbage day. If you have any questions regarding this pick up, please contact the Public Works Department at 630-554-3242.
Residents cannot put out appliances, televisions, or electronics during this collection. See the Electronics Recycling section above for additional information on curbside electronics collection.