The city sent out a reminder Monday that the last week for it to pick up yard waste from homes in Evanston is the week of Nov. 30 through Dec. 3.

Yard waste is collected on residents’ regular refuse collection day and must be placed in the city’s wheeled yard waste carts or in paper yard waste bags affixed with a city yard waste sticker. Tree trimming bundles must also be affixed with a yard waste sticker.

Residents are encouraged to save money, conserve landfill space, and recycle the earth’s nutrients by composting. For more information, see the Evanston Composting Guide or call the Evanston Ecology Center at (847) 448-8256.


Residents are reminded not to rake or push leaves onto the sidewalk or into the street. Leaves can block the flow of storm water along the curb and can form a mat over drainage structures, preventing storm water from entering the sewer system and causing flooding. Special pick-up fees would be assessed by the Public Works Department.

Additionally, the usage of backpack-mounted and handheld gasoline-powered leaf blowers is permitted through Thursday, Dec. 3, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

From Dec. 4, 2015, through March 29, 2016, the city warns, leaf blower usage is prohibited.

For more information, visit the city’s website.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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