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Tree Branch Pick Up

Three Season Service


Branch Chipping has ended for the 2014 Season.
Please remove any branches from the right of way.
The 2015 chipping dates will be listed in the April/May Newsletter.




On Friday, January 2, 2015 beginning promptly at 8:00 a.m. the Public Works Department will begin taking addresses of residents who wish to receive wood chips during the 2015 Chipper Season. The list will be established by the call time to 708-671-3721; leave your name, address, phone number and if you would like to receive one or two truckloads of chips. You will be contacted during chipping season before we will deliver wood chips. Therefore, please leave a phone number where we can reach you during the daytime. There is approximately eight (8) yards of chips in each truckload. Due to high demand for wood chips each residence will be limited to two (2) truck loads. Once you have received wood chips you can call to be placed on the wood chip list, at the end of the list, in order to receive an additional one or two truckload of chips. * Please note: Any calls received earlier than 8:00 a.m. on January 2, 2015 will not be placed on the wood chip list.


Branch Chipping Regulations:

Chipping Service for public owned residential streets begins at the east end of the village and continues west until all streets have been serviced. Residents of private streets must submit a request for service no later than the Wednesday before the chipping week.  Private Unit Developments must submit a request for service through the Homeowners Association. The Homeowners Association must submit a list of addresses no later than one week before the chipping week and the home owner or association will be charged on their next utility bill for the addresses receiving the chipping service.


Preparing branches for pickup:

Branches must measure between 3 feet in length and 8 feet in length and be no greater than 6 inches in diameter.  Tie smaller branches together with string or twine.  Branches shorter than 3 feet in length should be placed in yard waste containers or paper bags and placed out on garbage day.  Yard waste will be collected by Allied Waste, telephone number (708) 385-8252.


Stack branches neatly on the right of way with cut ends towards the street.  Do not stack in the drainage swale.  Piles of branches that are badly tangled will not be picked up.


Piles are to be no larger than 4 feet high and 10 feet in length. Any branches stacked outside of these parameters will not be collected.


Materials should not be set out any earlier than the weekend before the week of collection.


Properties are allowed a maximum of 20 minutes of wood chipping time.  Properties that front two or more streets receive a combined maximum of 20 minutes regardless of the number or where the piles are left on the right of way.Any branches/brush not collected due to any reason marked on the tag left the day of the chipping service must be moved back onto the private property within 24 hours after collection.


Small debris, including raked-up material and bark, should not left for the chipper service.  It will not be taken or cleaned up.  Dispose of raked-up material, bark or small debris in yard waste containers or paper bags and place out with your regular garbage pick-up.


Materials that will not be picked up include: any type of branches with roots attached, root balls, lumber, old rotted or friable wood, fencing, railroad ties, rosebushes or thorny material of any kind (including Buckthorn or Hawthorn), vines, poisonous materials of any kind such as poison ivy or poison oak.  Badly tangled branches will not be picked up.


Branches placed on right of way for removal must have originated from the parcel where located.  Land clearing operations are to be removed by either a contractor or the use of a dumpster. Groundskeepers and Landscapers hired to trim branches or remove trees are responsible for removing branches from the property.  Branches will not be picked up from vacant properties or properties under construction.


Wood Chips Available

Wood chips are available for residents by the 6 yard truck load during chipping season.  Wood chips are still available for late season delivery in September and October.  Residents submitted their names for the Wood Chip List in January so the early portion of the season is filled.  Call the Public Works Office at 671-3721 and leave your name, address, and phone number where you can be reached during chipping hours, woodchips cannot be delivered if we are unable to contact you.