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Tree Debris Clean Up from Storms

Residents are reminded of the following policies in place by the Village for handling tree debris from storms.

Storm Damage and Debris

The Village is responsible for the clean up and removal of fallen branches and debris from trees located on Village-owned property, also referred to as the parkway. The parkway is the section of property typically located between the street and sidewalk, where sidewalks exist.

The removal of damaged branches and debris which comes from privately owned trees and vegetation is the responsibility of the property owner. The Village will not pick up private vegetation stacked in the parkway.

Debris from private property may be disposed of according to regulations outlined in the Yard Waste program. Branches may not exceed 4 feet in length or 5 inches in diameter and must be bundled together with jute twine or uncoated string. Bundles must not exceed 2 feet in diameter, 4 feet in length and 50 pounds in weight. A sticker must be attached to each bundle.

Larger limbs and amounts of debris may require the assistance of a tree removal company.

Village-Licensed Tree Removal Companies

Companies performing tree removal activities in the Village of Downers Grove need to have a tree removal license per Municipal Codes 8-71 to 8-74. This license must be renewed every calendar year, and a certificate of insurance must be provided. Consumers may also want to ask tree removal companies how many staff members are Certified Arborists. A Certified Arborist has passed a national test on arboriculture and tree care through the [International Society of Arboriculture], and annually attends seminars and classes to retain this certification. A license can be obtained by completing the [Tree Removal License Application].

The following companies have obtained a tree removal license as of June 22, 2009:

Table 1: List of licensed tree removal companies.
Company Telephone
Arbor Care Tree Service (630) 739-6936
Care of Trees (630) 545-0606
D. Ryan Tree & Landscaping (630) 752-8733
Homme Tree Service (630) 235-6978
J & J Tree Service (630) 254-5862
Manuel Gallegos Tree Service (847) 456-4399
Mike’s Tree Service (630) 971-8733
Smitty’s Tree Service (708) 385-2814
Andreu Tree Service LLC (630) 699-7921