Chipping, Leaf, and Yard Waste Collection

The Village picks up yard waste material on a weekly basis between the months of April and November. The Village typically begins collecting and chipping branches the second week of April. Additionally, the Village picks up leaves in October and November.

When Will Leaf Pick-Up Begin?

Public Works begins leaf collection on Monday, October 14 (weather permitting). Collection is typically weekly, but there is no specific collection schedule. Collection is dependent on crew availability and the volume of leaves that need to be collected.

Where Do I Place My Leaves?

Leaves should be placed near or in the curb of the street. Please place leaves away from storm inlets as leaf decay can clog storm sewers and add unwanted material to Lake Michigan.

Can I Throw Yard Waste in the Leaf Pile?

The Village encourages property owners to throw certain yard waste material (yard waste is plant material such as flowers and garden material, grass clippings are not permitted) in the leaf piles to preclude a separate yard waste pick-up. Branches, sticks, and other woody material should not be placed with the leaves and should be left on the boulevard/parkway for chipping.

What Does the Village Do With the Leaves?

Most of the leaves are temporarily stored and composted at a DNR monitored site shared with the City of Glendale. In the spring, the composted piles are hauled away by a private sod grower and used as sod bedding material.

When Is the Last Day That Leaves or Yard Waste Will Be Picked Up?

Village crews will typically begin the last leaf collection the week before Thanksgiving. Leaves raked to the curb after the crews have made the final pass will not be collected and must be bagged or containerized. The DPW will run yard waste crews to pick-up bagged and containerized material until the first significant snow fall or through the first week in December.

Yard Waste Material Drop Site

Residents with yard waste material after December 1 (and throughout the winter months) may dispose of it at the Shorewood Transfer Station. The transfer station is located at 3801 N Morris Boulevard in Shorewood. It is open:
  • December to March, 1st Saturday of each month (only), 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
  • April - November, 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Fees for disposal of household refuse and/or yard waste apply as follows. No multi-axle vehicles, construction, or demolition debris can be accepted. Fees:
  • $10 per car or minivan 
  • $15 per pickup truck, van, SUV, or minivan with seats removed 
  • $5 per load additional for trailer 
  • $75 moving truck / van
  1. Chipping
  2. Yard Waste

Rules & Guidelines

Chipping material should be placed in the parkway between the curb and the sidewalk. It should not obstruct the sidewalk or be placed in the street.


The Village typically begins collecting and chipping branches the second week of April.  There is no set schedule for branch collection.

Special Pickup

A pile of branches over 5 X 7 X 20 requires a scheduled special pick up. The minimum charge is $45

Contractor Waste

The Village does not pick up contractor waste from any residential or commercial landscaping project. Village Collectors will tag any construction waste that is put out on the curb to notify the property owner that these materials will not collected by the Village. Please arrange with your landscaping contractor to remove the waste they created.