Leaf, Brush & Yard Waste
To encourage property maintenance, the Village offers a variety of collection services for leaves, branches, and other yard waste:
- Curbside yard waste collection is provided by Johns Disposal on the second and fourth Fridays of the month, March through November. The collection date may be delayed due to a holiday (see the collections calendar).
- Set yard waste items at the curb for pickup by 6 a.m.
- Place clippings, leaves, and garden debris in compostable bags or 32-gallon or smaller bins weighing less than 50 lbs.
- Brush must be less than 6 inches in diameter and 4 feet in lengths, bundled together, and weighing no more than 50 lbs.
- Stack bundles no more than 4 feet high and 10 feet long; limit of one pile this size per pickup.
- Brush collections by Union Grove Public Works take place the last full week of each month (Monday-Friday), from April through October.
- Brush collections are for branches with a maximum 6 inches in diameter with a preferred length of at least 6 feet.
- Leaf collections by Union Grove Public Works take place beginning around mid-October of each year and ending the week before Thanksgiving.
- Rake leaves to the edge of the road starting in mid-October for pick-up.
- Please set out leaves only, as branches and other matter can damage the leaf collection equipment.
While the Village encourages use of the collections services listed above, open burning of leaves, brush, clean wood, and other vegetative debris is allowed under certain circumstances:
- Open burning shall only be conducted between 9:00 a.m. and the earlier of the following: Sunset or 7:00 p.m. (All recreational fires shall be out by 12:00 a.m.)
- Open burning shall only be conducted at a location at least 25 feet from any structure and ten feet from any property line.
- Open burning shall be constantly attended and supervised by a competent person until the fire is extinguished and cold. The person shall have readily available fire extinguishing equipment, as may be necessary for the total control of the fire.
- Fires shall not be ignited with flammable or combustible liquids, such as gasoline, kerosene, fuel oil, diesel fuel, etc.
- No materials may be burned upon any street, curb, gutter, or sidewalk or on the ice of a lake, pond, stream, or water body.
- All allowed open burning shall be conducted in a safe and nuisance-free manner, when wind and weather conditions are such as to minimize adverse effects and not create a health hazard or a visibility hazard on roadways, railroads, or airfields.
- Except for barbecue, gas, and charcoal grills, no burning shall be undertaken within 25 feet from any combustible material, combustible wall or partition, exterior window opening, exit access, or exit unless authorized by the fire chief.
- Open burning shall be conducted in conformance with all local and state fire protection regulations.
- Except for barbecue, gas, and charcoal grills, no open burning shall be undertaken during periods when either the fire chief or the state department of natural resources has issued a burning ban applicable to the area.
- No open burning may be conducted on days when the department of natural resources has declared an ozone action day applicable to the County of Racine.
- Open burning shall be conducted only on the property on which the materials were generated or at a facility approved by and in accordance with provisions established by the department of natural resources and the fire chief.
- Burning of trees, limbs, stumps, brush, or weeds for clearing or maintenance of rights-of-way is allowed if approved by the fire chief.
For questions about open burning, contact the Village Offices at (262) 878-1818 or the Union Grove/Yorkville Fire Department at (262) 878-4181.