If you live in the Rockford area and are looking for the easiest ways to get rid of all the leaves you cleared out of your yard, you need to see this.

Trees are about to let go of their leaves, leaving us to back-breaking hours of raking and blowing leaves in piles and bags.

There are a few areas around Rockford where it's okay to burn those big piles but for many others, there are some rules that have to be followed.

Your leaves can be part of your weekly garbage collection as long as the leaves and other yard waste are put into the proper containers.



According to the City of Rockford website,

  • Yard waste material must be placed in compostable paper bags or in 32-gallon or smaller refuse cans that have been marked with a large 'X' that is plainly visible from the street.
  • Yard waste with mulch, tree stumps, root balls, or other vegetation can't be mixed with excessive amounts of soil.
  • No bag, can or bundle can weigh more than 50 pounds when loaded.
  • If your yard waste is mixed with regular garbage, or placed in plastic bags, it will not be picked up.
  • If your yard waste is too big for 32-gallon containers, you can bundle it. The rule for bundling is that the stack can't be more than 4 feet long by 2 feet in diameter.
  • If your branches and twigs are over 4 inches in diameter, they will not be picked up.

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Loves Park and Machesney Park

  • You can't burn your yard waste in Loves Park either but you can get a free visit for lawn vacuuming.
  • Just rake your leaves to the edge of your front yard and the City of Loves Park will come by and vacuum it up. Be sure to keep the leaves out of the street. The city will continue the vacuum service until it snows. The same service is available to Machesney Park residents as well.

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Cherry Valley, Roscoe and Rockton

  • Yard waste should be in paper bags or marked reusable containers, according to mystateline.com.

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