The city’s weekly yard waste pickup began on Monday, April 4 and continues on residents’ regular refuse/recycling collection day through Friday, Dec. 9.

To ensure compliance with state laws, yard waste must be collected separately from other household waste, and residents are required to use any of these three options for disposal of yard waste:

  • Place yard waste in paper yard waste bags, such as 30 gallon Kraft paper lawn waste bags, available in packages at local stores. Plastic bags will not be collected. A Yard Waste Sticker must be purchased and affixed to each lawn waste paper bag. Plastic bags will not be collected. Yard waste stickers are $1.75 each and must be affixed to each yard waste paper bag and/or tree trimming bundles for pick-up. Residents can buy Yard Waste Stickers at all Evanston Dominick’s and Jewel stores, Whole Foods, Lemoi Hardware, The Chalet (Wilmette), Harold’s Hardware, Home Depot and the City Collector’s office;
  • Compost and mulch to recycle the earth’s nutrients. For further information, call the Ecology Center, 847/ 448-8256; or
  • Fill a City of Evanston issued 90-gallon yard waste cart, available for purchase. These reusable carts do not require the use of bags. To order a Yard Waste Cart, complete the form on the City’s web site,, and return it with your payment to the City Collector. Carts cost $82.50. The City will perform minor repairs to yard waste carts at no charge.

Brush must be bundled and no longer than four feet in length and two inches in diameter. Raking or blowing yard waste or leaves into the streets is illegal. Violators will be fined. Special pickup fees for yard waste collection will be assessed after 48 hours for bags without stickers, three (3) bags will be charged at a rate equal to $25, with each additional three (3) bags being charged $10.
For further information or questions on street sweeping or yard waste, call 3-1-1 (847/448-4311) or visit