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Plan ahead for Champaign yard waste pickup

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The City of Champaign has announced dates for their spring yard waste pickup, so get them on your calendar. April will be here quicker than you think, and honestly, it may as well be April today with these thunderstorms and 60 degree temps.

Orange Zone should put materials out by 6 a.m. on Monday, April 10th, and Monday, May 8th. Blue Zone should put materials out by 6 a.m. on Monday, April 17th, and Monday, May 15th.

Here are the details, per the press release:

• The collection is available to all residential properties within the Champaign city limits.

• Materials must be in 30-gallon paper yard waste bags. NO PLASTIC BAGS OR CONTAINERS.

• Bags should be placed within 10 feet of the curbside and five feet away from obstacles like mailboxes, trees, telephone poles, and fire hydrants. Bags should be placed by 6 a.m. on the scheduled Monday to ensure pickup.

• Only bags containing leaves, grass clippings, and plant materials will be collected. Bags with any other materials, such as rocks, glass, potted plants, mulch, or pet waste will not be collected.

• Twigs and branches may be bundled with non-metallic twine or placed in paper yard waste bags. Branches cannot be larger than 2 inches in diameter and 3½ feet long. Bundles cannot be larger than 18 inches in diameter.

• Additional details about the program may be found by visiting You may also access this site and find your zone by clicking on the City’s Yard Waste Collection Map and entering your address.

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