Yard Waste

The City of Aurora encourages residents to look for alternatives to bagging yard waste for collection. Residents who wish to reduce or avoid yard waste costs should use mulching mowers, leaf shredders, or backyard compost piles. For those residents who wish to have their yard waste collected, the City of Aurora offers the following programs.


Yard Waste Collection


Yard waste collection begins the first Monday in April and ends the first Friday in December. Yard waste must be placed in a 30 gallon Kraft paper yard waste bag not to exceed 50 pounds and have a waste sticker attached. The stickers used for yard waste are the same as the stickers used for excess garbage. Yard waste mixed with trash or yard waste in a trash can or plastic bag will not be collected. Yard waste will be collected on the same day as your trash and must be at the curb by 6 a.m.

Bundled Brush


Unlimited bundled brush collection begins the first Monday in April and ends the first Friday in November. Branches and limbs 1/2 inch to 4 inches in diameter and 2 feet to 4 feet in length must be bundled. Each bundle must weigh less than 50 pounds. Bundled brush can be placed at the curb without a waste sticker. Brush less than 1/2 inch in diameter is considered yard waste and must be placed in a Kraft paper yard waste bag with a waste sticker attached.

Spring & Fall Leaf Collection


Each year, Republic Services collects yard waste bags containing leaves for 2 weeks in the Spring and 6 weeks in the Fall without requiring a sticker. Exact dates will vary from year to year, depending on the weather. Dates will be announced each year in the Spring and Fall. Leaves must be placed in a 30 gallon Kraft paper yard waste bag and placed at the curb on your regularly scheduled garbage date


Christmas Trees


Republic Services will collect Christmas trees during the first and second full weeks of January. Trees must be free of plastic bags, all decorations (including tinsel) and tree stands, and be placed at the curb on your normal collection day. Due to the wire used to form them, wreaths and garlands will not be collected as recycling and must be stickered as trash.