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.

Stickers may be purchased at the following locations:

Ace Hardware:

3232 N Lewis Ave 
Waukegan IL 60087
847-782-9900

4806 Grand Ave 
Gurnee IL 60031
847-336-0101

Jewel-Osco:

3124 N Lewis Ave 
Waukegan IL 60087
847-249-1130

922 N Green Bay Rd 
Waukegan IL 60085
847-662-0042

Waukegan City Hall:

Clerk’s Office
100 N Martin Luther King Ave, 1st Floor, Window #1 
Waukegan IL 60085
847-599-2513

 If you have additional questions about yardwaste collection, stickers or subscriptions, call Waste Management at 847-623-3870 or 800-796-9696 or check the 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.

Curbside Leaf Collection

2022 Leaf Collection will begin in Wards 7 & 8 on Monday, October 24th.  Leaves for disposal must be raked onto the parkway in front of your home for pick up.  Waste Management will try to adhere to the schedule as closely as possible, but due to weather conditions and the rate at which leaves fall, daily adjustments may occur. Waste Management gives the following added instructions:

  • Leaves will not be collected around parked vehicles
  • Do not rate leaves into the street
  • Do not put leaves in plastic bags
  • Leaf burning is prohibited

Printed copies of this year's leaf collection schedule are available at City Hall.

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)