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Tree Branch Pick Up

Three Season Service


branch-chipping-pileStarting in JUNE – the Chipping Crew will start on the west side of the Village and move east during June, August and October. The Chipping Crew will start on the east side of the Village and move west during April, May, July, and September.


Chipping Service for public owned residential streets will begin on Monday, April 13, 2015. Please do not place branches on the right of way until the weekend before the chipping date. During the winter, please move back any branches off the street and out of the right of way. If you live in a Private Subdivision or on a Private street please call the Public Works Office 708-671-3721 no later than the Wednesday before the chipping date for service at your address. Residents of Private Unit Developments must submit a request for service through their Home Owners Association and the Public Works Department must be notified of the addresses for service at least one week in advance of the chipping date; either the resident or the Home Owners Association will be charged on their Utility Bill for receiving the chipping service.



Chipping Service will begin on the following weeks during 2015 starting on the side of town listed below:

April 13 – EAST
May 4 – EAST
May 18 – EAST
June 8 – WEST
July 13 – EAST
August 10 – WEST
September 7 – EAST
October 5 – WEST
FINAL DATE October 26, 2015 – WEST


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.