April 2nd marks the beginning of the City of Evanston’s street sweeping and yard waste collection programs. Residents will soon be receiving in the mail the city’s Public Works Department’s newsletter, In the Works, which outlines the 2012 street sweeping schedule and yard waste collection rules along with important information on electronic recycling, public works projects and the City’s second annual recycling fair.

BeginningApril 2, 2012 City crews will begin their street sweeping rounds through November 30, 2012. Residents are asked to abide by the street cleaning schedule found on existing street signs. The City has three street cleaning schedules:

  • One-sided Street Sweeping Schedule (streets with one-sided parking only) where streets are swept on Mondays between9 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
  • Bi-weekly Street Sweeping Schedule (primary/high volume streets) where streets are swept according to the four sweeping zones between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.; and
  • Tri-weekly Street Sweeping Schedule (regular/residential streets with parking on either side) where streets are swept according to the four sweeping zones (Districts 3 and 4 are divided into two areas A and B) between the hours of9 a.m.and4 p.m.

Parking is prohibited only on the sides and dates indicated on the street signs and on the schedule. Some zones may include business districts that are posted with signs indicating that street cleaning will occur between 4 and7 a.m.The downtown is swept on Mondays between the hours of 4 and 7 a.m. Parking will be prohibited as indicated and residents are reminded to always check the street signs before parking their cars.

Residents are also reminded that raking debris into the streets for street cleaners is illegal. Violators will be fined. Fines for illegally parked cars in the One-sided Street Sweeping area may be subject to a ticket and towing charge. For all other street cleaning areas, only tickets will be issued. A printable street sweeping schedule can be found on the city’s web site at www.cityofevanston.org/streetsweeping.

Additionally, the city will be launching a new program where residents can sign up for a text

message alert reminding them the day before of street sweeping on their street. Residents can sign up for the text alerts starting Monday, April 2 by visiting www.cityofevanston.org/streetsweeping and clicking on the icon.

The city’s weekly yard waste pick-up begins on Monday, April 2 and continues on your regular refuse collection day through Thursday, December 6. To ensure compliance with state laws, yard waste must be collected separately from the rest of the household waste, and residents are required to use any of these three options to dispose of yard waste:

Place yard waste in paper yard waste bags, such as 30-galon. kraft paper lawn waste bags, available at local stores. A yard waste sticker must be purchased and affixed to each lawn waste paper bag. Plastic bags will not be collected.

Compost and mulch to recycle the earth’s nutrients. For more information, call theEcologyCenter, 847/448-8256.

Fill a city 90-galon yard waste cart, available for purchase. These reusable carts do not require the use of bags.

Brush must be bundled and no longer than four feet in length and four inches in diameter. To order a yard waste cart, complete the form online at: cityofevanston.org, 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.

Residents can buy yard waste stickers at all Evanston Dominick’s, Jewel, Whole Foods, Lemoi Hardware, The Chalet (Wilmette), Harold’s Hardware, Home Depot,LevySeniorCenterand the City Collector’s office.

Special pick-up fees for yard waste collection will be assessed after 48 hours for bags without stickers. Three bags will be charged at a rate equal to $25, with each additional three bags being charged $10. More information on yard waste can be found on the city’s web site at www.cityofevanston.org/yardwaste.