Brush Collection

Curbside residential brush collection is for those who pay the monthly $5 leaf/brush fee on their utility bill. Please note that the interval between collection dates has changed, so your collection week doesn’t occur the same week each month; there are still seven collections per season.  Brush/limbs are to be at the curb for collection no later than 7 a.m. on Monday of your scheduled week, but no sooner than the weekend before that. Crews will make only one pass by each residence.  Brush placed out after our crews have passed will not be collected until the next scheduled  pickup date.  

Residents can view the status of the current brush collection cycle. During the active brush collection season, updates are posted on the pick-up map by 9 a.m. on weekdays from Tuesday through Friday and will show all areas collected as of the end of the previous day for the side of town in progress.  If your street is shown in red on the map, that indicates it has been completed for this cycle.  

The amount of brush that has been placed out citywide in any given month dictates how quickly your area will be reached, but each side of town is typically completed by Friday of the scheduled week. The monthly collections are intended to handle most minor storm damage limbs that fall during the season, and special collections are done very rarely.  Major storms may affect the schedule, and a notice of any special brush collection will be posted on the City’s website. If your brush was out at 7 a.m. on Monday of your scheduled collection week and not collected by the end of the workday on Friday, please notify the Public Properties & Services Division at 630-454-2400 no later than the following Monday. 

The following procedures must be followed to ensure the collection of your brush: 

  • Maximum diameter is 6" (logs cannot be split); maximum length of limbs is 12’.
  • Brush should be stacked into one large pile in the front/side parkway with cut ends facing the curb, and placed away from parkway trees, mailboxes, utility poles/boxes, hydrants, and parked vehicles. Brush will not be collected from alleys or vacant lots.
  • Brush/limbs must not be tied, bundled, in containers, bagged, or put on the street.
  • Do not place any stumps, roots, landscape material, lumber, firewood, or foreign objects in the brush pile.
  • Program is for resident-generated brush only, not contractor tree removals or trimming.
  • Brush left out on the parkway between collection dates is subject to a possible code violation citation.

For materials that do not meet the above specifications:

  • Groot Industries will collect yard waste bags with a prepaid disposal sticker. See the yard waste link for details.
  • Residents with limbs/brush exceeding the requirements for the program can contact a private service to have it removed at the resident’s expense.
  • Unincorporated residents should contact their township offices regarding brush collection services that may be available to them.


East Side CollectionWest Side Collection
April 10April 17
May 15May 22
June 19June 26
July 24July 31
September 4September 11
October 16October 23
November 27 – Citywide November 27 – Citywide