Yardwaste Collection

Yard Waste

According to our garbage and waste collection contract, Waukegan residents who want to discard yardwaste and other landscape materials have two options for disposal on their regularly-scheduled garbage collection day.

1) Season Subscription for a flat rate fee which covers the nine month period from March 15th to December 15th and is limited to six (6) 33 gallon containers or "kraft" style bags per week. If the customer places more than six (6) bags then all additional bags must have a sticker affixed. The season subscription is available through Waste Management only. Call 847-623-3870 or 800-796-9696 to register for this service at $138.33 per household. Residents no longer need an annual yard waste sticker to be enrolled in the seasonal program; Waste Management drivers have computers in their vehicles and know all the addresses that are signed up for this service.  

2) Pay-Per-Bag sticker system requires the homeowner or resident to purchase stickers from authorized retailers to adhere to each yardwaste bag or container requiring disposal. The cost is $2.60 per sticker and unlimited bags may be placed for pickup.

Yardwaste stickers may be purchased at the Waukegan City Clerk’s office in City Hall, located at 100 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, first floor, window #1, Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm (excluding holidays).

Stickers may be purchased at the following locations:

Ace Hardware
239 N. Genesee Street
Waukegan, IL 60085

Ace Hardware
3232 N. Lewis Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60087

Jewel Food Store
922 N. Green Bay Road
Waukegan, IL 60085

Jewel Food Store
3124 N. Lewis Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60085

Tony's Fresh Market
1700 N. Lewis Avenue
Waukegan, IL  60085

For more information, call Waste Management at 847-623-3870.  Waste Management website

Plastic Bags & Containers

Plastic bags are strictly prohibited. Yard waste in plastic bags is not accepted in yard waste and compost disposal sites. 

Residents using their own containers must clearly mark the containers "yard waste" with letters a minimum four inches high. Containers should be in good shape and have a few small holes in the bottom for drainage. 

Do not place yard waste in the dark blue, 96-gallon garbage cart.

Burning Yard Waste is Prohibited

Per City ordinance, the open burning of leaves, brush, trimmings from trees or bushes, paper, garbage, refuse, waste, or other combustible material on any property, public or private, within the City limits is prohibited. (Chapter 10, Section 10-8)