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Champaign and Urbana will collect storm-related tree debris

A large tree is damaged from a storm, split down the middle. One half is upright, the other is on the ground in an open area.
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The cities of Urbana and Champaign will collect tree limb and brush debris.

Urbana will collect on July 5th. You can only put out tree debris — no construction materials — and they must be at your curb by 7 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5th. 

Full details for Urbana’s pick up are below. 



There was wide spread tree devastation in Urbana due to a major storm on Thursday, June 29, 2023. The City of Urbana is offering short-term, emergency tree limb and brush pick-up from private properties to assist residents in recovery efforts. 

WHAT: Tree limbs and brush debris only. No construction materials. Per regulations of the Landscape Recycling Center, limbs must be 8 feet or shorter in length and 10 inches or less in diameter (plus brush and branches).

HOW: Place materials in the parkway near curb, in the right-of-way, where it can be picked up by heavy equipment, away from mailboxes, vehicles, signs, light poles, fire hydrants, etc. Do not place materials in the street or obstruct visibility at intersections.

WHEN: Tree limbs and brush must be placed in the right-of-way by 7 a.m., July 5, 2023, to be included in this pick-up. Urbana Public Works will then perform the removal systematically.

NOTE: For all other types of storm debris or large privately-owned tree removal, please contact your waste hauler or a private tree service for assistance. Private contractors are encouraged to remove their own tree debris.

For more information about the City of Urbana, please visit

In Champaign, the city will collect debris sometime on or after Monday, July 10th. Details are below.


There was widespread tree devastation in Champaign due to a major storm on Thursday, June 29, 2023. The City of Champaign will offer short-term, storm damaged tree limb and brush pickup from private properties to assist residents in recovery efforts. Pickup dates will be announced early next week, but will not occur prior to Monday, July 10, due to Public Work’s need to focus on tree hazards in the right of way.

Residents may prepare tree limbs for pickup using these guidelines:

  • Twigs and branches may be bundled with non-metallic twine or placed in paper yard waste bags.
    • There may be size restrictions on branches that require them to be cut down for ease in pickup and transportation. Those will be part of the details in the date announcement.
  • Materials must be in 30-gallon paper yard waste bags.  NO PLASTIC BAGS OR CONTAINERS.
  • Materials should be placed within 10 feet of the curbside, and 10 feet away from obstacles like mailboxes, trees, telephone poles, and fire hydrants.
  • If materials are placed too close to obstacles, the materials will be left.
  • Only bags containing leaves, grass clippings, and plant materials will be collected. No construction nor home damaged materials will be collected. Bags with any other materials, such as rocks, glass, potted plants, mulch, or pet waste will not be collected.


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