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Tree Branch Pick Up

Three Season Service




The start location of the chipper will alternate depending on the month. During the months of April, May, July, and September the Chipper Crew will begin on the eastern edge of the Village and move west across the Village until all the public streets have been serviced. During the months of June, August, and October the Chipper Crew will begin on the western edge of the Village and move east across the Village until all the public streets have been serviced. Once a street has been serviced the chipper crew will not return until the next chipping date.


Chipping Service for public owned residential streets will begin on April 11, 2016. Please do not place branches on the right of way until the weekend before the chipping week. After the last chipping week of October 24, 2016 please use your yard waste pick-up to dispose of branches until the November 25th pick up, branches should not be in the right of way from November to April.


Residents living in a private subdivision or on private streets please call the Public Works Office 708-671-3721 no later than the Wednesday before the chipping week for chipping 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 Monday of the following weeks during 2016 starting on the side of town listed below:


April 11
May 2
May 16
July 11
September 6

June 6
August 8
October 3
FINAL WEEK: October 24


Weekly branch pick up is available through your yard waste service on your regular garbage day beginning April 1st through the November 25th service. Branches less than four feet can be placed in yard waste containers or paper yard waste bags or in bundles weighing less than fifty pounds; Bundles should be placed next to your yard waste container on your garbage day.


Branch Chipping Regulations

Branches should not be set out any earlier then the weekend before the collection week.

Branches placed out for chipping should measure between 3 feet and 8 feet in length and no greater than 6 inches in diameter. (Branches shorter than 3 feet in length should be placed in yard waste containers or paper yard waste bags and placed out on your garbage day.)

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

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 together will not be picked up.

Materials that cannot be chipped and will not be taken include; any type of branches that produce thorns, whether or not thorns are present at the time of chipping, including branches from Buckthorn and Hawthorn trees or rosebushes; any branches with roots attached; root balls; vines; poison ivy or poison oak; lumber; old rotted or friable wood; fencing; or railroad ties.

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 be left for the chipper. It will not be taken or cleaned up. Dispose of raked-up material, bark, or small debris in yard waste containers or paper yard waste bags and place out on your garbage day.

Branches placed on the right of way for removal must have originated from the parcel where located.

Landscapers or Groundskeepers hired to trim branches or remove trees are responsible for removing the trees and branches from the property. Landscapers or Groundskeepers should not pile branches in the right of way for the chipper service.

Land clearing operations are to be removed by either the contractor or the use of a dumpster.



Why can’t the Chipper Truck pick up my Buckthorn or Hawthorne branches?

Buckthorn and Hawthorne branches are not suitable material for chipping for several reasons. The main reason is the chipped material is recycled as mulch on both public and private property. The thorns and seeds from the branches can survive the chipping process and be present in the mulch. The thorns in the mulch present a hazard to both humans and animals. Since both Buckthorn and Hawthorne are invasive plants the seeds in the mulch can easily spread the species throughout Palos Park. The thorns also present a danger to the crew during the chipping process. Although not suitable for the chipper, these branches can be placed in yard waste containers, yard waste paper bags, or bundled (bundled branches should be less than 4 ft in length and weigh less than fifty pounds) and placed out with your regular garbage yard waste pick-up.


What does Buckthorn bark look like? I can’t see any thorns, where are they?


buckthorn1                   buckthron2


Buckthorn characteristics: Look for egg-shaped, hairless, elliptical leaves that are pointed at the tip, smooth, dark, glossy, and fine-toothed edges. Buckthorn bark is typically speckled and may be brown or grayish in color.

Thorns are often mistaken as new branches:



Hidden buckthorn


Hawthorne branch with thorns


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.