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The City of Evanston has begun its weekly yard waste collections for the 2018 season. Food waste now can “ride along” with grass clippings and leaves in yard waste carts. This practice will help conserve vanishing landfill space.
Through Dec. 7, food-and-yard-waste carts will be collected on residents’ regular refuse and recycling collection days.
Acceptable items to be placed in the food and yard waste carts include baked goods, vegetables, fruit, meat, fish/seafood, dairy products, food-soiled paper (such as pizza boxes), egg shells, bones and coffee grounds and filters. Placing food scraps in a paper bag will keep the cart cleaner. A list of unacceptable items, such as cat litter, animal waste, gum and cigarettes, is available at cityofevanston.org/waste or by calling/texting 847-448-4311.
Tree trimming bundles are picked up separately on regular refuse collection days. Bundles must be less than three feet in total diameter, with individual branches less than four feet long and less than four inches in diameter. Each bundle must have a City of Evanston yard waste sticker.
As a reminder, raking or blowing yard waste or leaves into the streets is illegal.
The City allows backpack-mounted or hand-held gasoline-powered leaf blowers Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., between March 30 and May 15 and between Sept. 30 and the first Thursday of December. Any person who uses a backpack-mounted or hand-held gasoline-powered leaf blower or any person who permits the private or commercial use of a leaf blower on their property during restricted days or times is subject to a fine.
More information about food and yard waste pick-up is available at cityofevanston.org/waste or by calling/texting 847-448-4311.