Branch Collection Program

The branch collection service is performed under the direction of the village Forestry Division. This free service is only available to single family detached residences and is offered 3 times a year, in the spring, summer and fall.

The program is limited to small property maintenance clean-up projects and not intended for collection of limbs or trunks from whole tree removals, which MUST be disposed of privately.

2024 Branch Collection Guidelines

 Branches must be out by 7 a.m. on Monday of the spring, summer, or fall collection but not earlier than 1 week prior to each scheduled collection date.
Spring:       Monday, April 15, 2024
Summer:    Monday, July 15, 2024
Fall:            Monday, October 21, 2024

Example of a Good Pile of Branches

Example of good tree branches
  • Woody branches ½ inch to 6 inches in diameter are the only items that will be picked up. Any spikes, hooks or other metal objects must be removed. Branches should not be placed at the curb / pavement edge any earlier than 1 week prior to the scheduled collection date.
  • Long lengths are favored provided branches do not block sidewalks and pedestrian access. 
  • All branches should be placed at the curb or pavement edge and stacked in an orderly fashion with the cut or larger end towards the pavement.
  • Thorny tree branches should not be concealed inside piles. These require special care as to not cause injuries to the workers.

Unacceptable Items

The following items are unacceptable:

  • Branches left out in a tangled mess
  • Woody branches under ½ inch in diameter
  • Leaves, vines, small (under ½ inch in diameter) flexible willow stems, herbaceous plants and weeds
  • Large stumps, roots and root balls
  • Wooden fencing and construction lumber*


Example of a Bad Pile of Branches

Example of bad tree branches
    The above items are considered yard waste and may be placed in bags or cans with tags for SBC Waste Solutions (our refuse hauler) pick-up. Typically yard waste pick-ups commence April 1st and continue through November 30th. Questions concerning SBC pick-ups should be directed to 312-522-1115. 

    "Large stumps, roots and root balls are considered trash and do not require a yard waste tag, provided each item is of manageable size and under 50 pounds. Wooden fencing and construction lumber are also considered trash, but require a special pick-up. Contact SBC at 312-522-115 for more information.

    In the event of severe storms, the Village will provide storm damage collection of woody branches 1/2 inch to 6 inches in diameter. Please contact the Forestry Division at 630-671-5800 within 72 hours of storm for branch collection.