Yard Waste Collection
Yard waste is collected on the same day as your refuse pickup. Leaves, grass, twigs and branches too small to bundle may be placed in a paper bag, box or disposal container and may not exceed 50 pounds in weight. Loose piles of grass or other waste will not be accepted.
Tree and shrub limbs must be bundled with biodegradable string or twine. Wire, tape or plastic are unacceptable binding materials. Bundles may not exceed 5 feet in length and 2 feet in diameter.
Yard waste will be picked up once-a-week, at the curb, from April 1 through December 15. Christmas/Holiday trees will be collected at the curb during your normal pickup day at no extra charge through January 15.
Curbside Leaf Vacuuming
During the third full week of May and the third full week of October and November residents of selected areas within McHenry county will receive leaf vacuuming services. We ask residents to rake their leaves all the way to the curb, which should be free of any parked vehicles in order to receive collection. To take advantage of this service, make sure your leaves are curbside by 6:00 a.m. on the Monday of each week. Prairieland will be making one pass by every home located within the identified service areas.
Please note, Prairieland will not perform collection if branches/rocks/garbage are found mixed in with your leaves. Leaves that are put out after we have serviced the area or are prepared incorrectly will not be collected; however, you may take advantage of the unlimited yard waste program listed above on your normal service day. If you have questions on how to properly prepare your leaves, please call one of our customer service representatives at 1-847-381-9300.