Yard Waste, Brush & Compost
Yard waste, bundled brush and compost are collected beginning the first full week of April through the 2nd full week of December on your regular collection day. The waste must be out by 6:00 a.m. along with refuse during the yard waste collection season.
In addition to the Compost Bin Reimbursement Program, Lombard residents in single family, as well as multi-unit buildings up to 4 units, have an opportunity to subscribe to an optional curbside composting program. For an additional annual fee of $124.10 a gray 64-gal toter will be provided by Waste Management. Compost toters will be collected weekly on the normal service day from the first full week of April through the second full week of December, concurrent with the yard waste program. Service is unavailable outside of this period due to winter conditions. There are no refunds or service-hold credits for this program. The annual fee will be assessed and increased each April 1st by a local Consumers Price Index (currently about 2%). Yard waste stickers are not required for this toter.
Acceptable materials generally include yard waste and biodegradable food scraps, and toters may be shared by neighbors. Go to the USEPA website for a list of acceptable and unacceptable items. The compost materials are mixed in with general yard waste collection, delivered to Waste Management’s transfer station and then processed at a compost facility. Waste Management typically sells the compost to companies for store sales, commercial landscaping and farming. Residents are responsible to clean the toter, including removing any adhered waste and also any unacceptable materials. Toters remain with the resident the entire year, including over winter.
Sign up by contacting Waste Management at 800-796-9696 or at www.wm.com/residential/curbside-waste-pickup.jsp.
Yard waste should be placed in either a biodegradable yard waste bags or in a can that does not exceed 45 gallons.
One yard waste sticker is required on each can or bag. Containers should not weigh more than 50 pounds. Effective April 1, 2020, a sticker costs $2.43 and can be purchased at:
- 7-Eleven, 594 S. Main Street, Lombard
- Ace Hardware, 837 S. Westmore-Meyers, Lombard
- Jewel, 1177 S. Main Street, Lombard
- Jewel, 33 E. St. Charles Road, Villa Park
- Johnson’s Lighthouse BP, 1 W. St. Charles Road, Villa Park
- West Suburban Bank, 711 S. Westmore-Meyers, Lombard
- West Suburban Bank, 707 N. Main Street, Lombard
- West Suburban Bank, 1122 S. Main Street, Lombard
Bundled brush will be picked up at residential properties (one to four units) provided that a yard waste sticker is attached to each bundle. Bundles cannot exceed 50 pounds, and must be no bigger than six feet in length and 18 inches in diameter, with no individual branch exceeding six inches in diameter. Bundles must be tied with string or twine.
Fall Leaf Collection
The Village offers a free six-week fall leaf collection program during which residents may dispose of an unlimited number of leaves in biodegradable bags (no cans) without stickers. The 2020 pick-up will begin the week of November 9th and run through the week of December 14th.
Christmas Tree Collection
A Christmas tree pick up is offered for a two-week period in January. Christmas trees free of tinsel and decorations will be collected curbside at no charge.
Specific dates for both collections are listed on the Event Calendar as the collection nears. Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter to be notified about Village information, including fall leaf and Christmas Tree collections.
- Why is a bundled brush collection fee being implemented now (April 2019) after being free for so long?
- What is the difference between a core service and an enhanced service?
- Why was free bundled brush collection identified as an enhanced service?
- What is the bundled brush collection fee?
- Where can I purchase a yard waste sticker?