The long winter left a lot of damage this year. From dead trees to fallen limbs, among other trash left behind under the mounds of snow, the city’s annual curbside bulk brush collection program is a welcome sign of spring.
The program, which begins next week, is an opportunity to dispose of large quantities of unbundled branches and tree trimmings at no cost.
The city is divided into four collection districts corresponding to the weekly curbside garbage collection schedule. Each district collection takes one full week to complete.
Brush must be placed on the parkway the Sunday before collection begins in each area. Crews will make only one pass through each neighborhood. Brush put out after the crews have passed will not be collected.
Residents can view the city’s interactive bulk brush collection map at www.naperville.il.us/brushcollection.aspx to track collection progress in their neighborhoods. The map will be updated daily and allows users to zoom in on their area.
Residents also are encouraged to sign up to receive notifications about brush collection via the city’s new notification system Naper Notify, which delivers messages through a phone call, text message, email or smartphone app. To sign up, visit www.napernotify.com.
Brush must be properly prepared for collection and meet the following specifications:
Branches must measure between 3 and 8 feet in length and be no greater than 6 inches in diameter. Shorter lengths may be bagged or bundled and placed out on garbage day with a yard waste sticker attached.
Branches should be stacked neatly on the parkway in front of a home with cut ends facing the street. Brush piles that are badly tangled will not be collected. Branches with thorns should be placed in a separate pile.
Brush will only be collected from the front of each residence, not from rear or side yards.
Brush piles must not be tied or bundled.
Willow whips, vines and shorter branches must be bundled or bagged in paper yard waste bags with a yard waste sticker affixed for collection on a resident’s regular garbage collection day.
Brush that is tangled, tied or contains nails, metal, stones, vines, willow whips, root balls, stumps, plant material or lumber will not be collected. If brush contains anything other than branches, it will not be collected.
Tree trunks, roots, root balls and logs are also not accepted but may be disposed of with regular garbage, according to city regulations. There is a 32-gallon can and 60-pound weight limit.
A tag will be affixed to any brush pile that is not picked up explaining why it was not collected. Through Dec. 12, residents may also dispose of bagged or bundled brush each week through the city’s yard waste collection program. Learn more at www.naperville.il.us/yardwaste.aspx.