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Village Discontinues Subsidized Leaf Collection

Village officials announced in August that Downers Grove will discontinue the subsidized Leaf Collection Program this fall. The move helps to address a revenue shortfall within the Village’s 2009 Budget due to the slowing economy and subsequent reductions in several major revenue sources.

The optional program was first introduced to residents last fall as a result of a new three-year contract with ARC Disposal that took effect April 1, 2008. Leaves were collected for a six week period between October and December without the use of a sticker at an annual Village subsidy of $140,000.

How will leaves be collected?

As in years prior to the Leaf Collection Program, leaves are considered yard waste and are subject to the Yard Waste regulations.

Please remember that it is against Village ordinance to burn leaves or to rake them into the street.

Tips to Consider

Leaf volume can easily be reduced by mowing over them prior to bagging. The ratio of bags to leaves is reduced by seven to one, thereby saving residents money on sticker costs.

Leaves also make an excellent addition to any compost.


Residents with questions about yard waste collection may call the Community Response Center at (630) 434-CALL (2255) or send an email to Community Response Center.