McHenry County Department of Health - Environmental Health
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Removing Landscape Waste from the Site

Orange Leaves

Local Waste Haulers

Check with your local waste hauler. Waste haulers who are licensed in McHenry County and provide regular residential waste pickup are required to offer the service of picking up landscape waste. An additional fee may be charged for the service. Click here for a list of municipal solid waste haulers who are licensed in McHenry County.

Some waste haulers offer additional services for landscape waste/removal. Options may include working cooperatively with neighbors and subdivision associations to contract with a local landscape waste hauler to pick up both containerized and non-containerized leaves from the curbside. Another option it to coordinate roll-off containers that would be shared by multiple properties by the waste hauler for appropriate disposal.

Yard Waste Recycling Company

Homeowners also have the option of dropping off their yard waste at a local facility that composts yard waste into organic material for beneficial re-use.


Thelen Sand and Gravel Compost Facility

Thelen Organics Flyer 


Petersen Pit Landscape Waste Transfer Station
Garden Prairie Organics


Agricultural Application

Local farmers may use leaves from landscape waste as part of their crop fertilization. Leaves and grass clipping can be applied to crops to provide additional organic matter and nutrients. The increased organic matter in the soil helps improve the condition of poorly drained soils.

Reduce, Reduce, Reduce

Reduce the volume of landscape waste by:

  • Chipping up twigs and branches and using the wood chips in your landscaping.
  • Using a mulching lawn mower and bag the leaves to use in your garden between rows or for pathways.
  • In a cooperative effort with your neighbors, rent a wood chipper for a day!

Landscape / Lawn Service Companies

Check with local landscape companies. Landscape companies may pick-up your landscape waste as part of their landscape maintenance services. The landscape waste would be taken to a commercial composting site for processing and beneficial reuse and offer products such as wood chips, wood mulch or firewood for sale to customers.

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