Spring Cleaning Events

Household Hazardous Waste Collection for Springfield Residents April 12

Location: Illinois State Fairgrounds. Enter at Gate 11.
Time: 8am- Noon. If you are in line outside of the gates at noon, you will be unable to enter and drop-off your items.

This collection is open to City of Springfield residents ONLY!
YOU MUST BRING proof of residency, i.e. Driver’s License and CWLP bill.

Please label the waste containers.
Residents will remain in their vehicles during the collection process.

Acceptable Waste:

  • Paint Aerosols
  • Sealers and Adhesives
  • Solvents
  • Antifreeze
  • Used Motor Oil
  • Pesticides Solids
  • Pesticide Liquids
  • Pesticide Aerosols
  • Oil Based Paint

Unacceptable Items:

  • Agricultural chemicals
  • Propane Tanks
  • Business/commercial sector wastes
  • Smoke detectors
  • Explosives
  • Farm machinery oil
  • Fireworks
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Lead Acid Batteries
  • Institutional Wastes
  • Medical Wastes
  • Sharps, needles and potentially infectious medical wastes

If you any questions, please call the Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255.

United Way Spring Day of Service

Saturday, April 26, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Volunteers will be working on brick pathways, building a fountain in our Sculpture Garden at 8th& Enos, and helping to prepare the lots in the 1100 block of 5th St. for our Neighborhood Garden expansion.

Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 26, 10am to 2pm, Lincoln Park

Spring Yard Waste 2014

Resident Drop Off – April 14th through May 2nd.

Residents of the City of Springfield can begin dropping bagged or loose yard waste at Evans Recycling at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway. Evans Recycling is open from 7 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday and from 7 AM until 12 noon on Saturday. Residents should be prepared to show proof of residency if requested.

Curbside Pick Up – April 14th through May 2nd

Public Works crews will begin picking up yard waste placed curbside on Monday, April 14th and end collection on Friday, May 2. Crews will attempt to move through each neighborhood weekly depending on work load.

In order for residents to take advantage of the once per week collection, they should place leaves in paper yard waste bags or cans marked “YARD WASTE” at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on Monday of each week. Please do not remove the bagged leaves or cans from the curb once you place them there.

Bags or cans should be placed at the end of driveways or on parkways between the sidewalk and street. Leaves should be placed in paper yard waste bags—not grocery sacks or boxes. Please do not use any type of tape on the bag to seal it shut as the tape is not recyclable. Plastic bags are not accepted because they cannot be recycled.

Waste cans are acceptable, but they should not weigh more than 60 pounds and must be marked “Yard Waste” in letters large enough to be seen from the street by the drivers. Yard waste bags or cans that are too heavy or contain trash or other inappropriate materials will be left. Bags containing grass are not part of the program and will require a sticker for pick up; they will not be picked up until after the City’s spring leaf collection program is completed on May 3.

Sweetgum Balls

Residents can place collected sweetgum balls in yard waste bags, drop off at Evans Recycling, or put into their trash cans for pick up on regular trash days.


Resident Drop Off – Year Round Weather Permitting

Residents may drop off branches at Evans Recycling with proof of residency. This service is not for commercial operators but for residents only.

Curbside Pick Up – May through November

Public Works crews will begin picking up branches placed on the curb no larger than approximately a pick up load. Roughly 4 foot in depth and 10 feet in length piles are acceptable. The program is for branches only no trees will be accepted nor will branches or trees trimmed by commercial contractors. A schedule will be announced and provided to the State Journal- Register as well as posted on the City website, www.springfield.il.us, and Channel 18.

Should resident have any questions please contact:  Public Works at 789-2255 or Evans Recycling at 391-0886.

SIU School of Medicine Work Day

Friday, May 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
150 medical students will be excused from classes in order to spend a day of community service in Enos Park. We will have teams cleaning out large items in alleys and trimming back the overgrowth, landscaping the Sculpture Garden, cleaning up our architectural salvage store at 8th & North Grand, and installing signage on properties owned by EPNIA.

Herb Plant Sale and Plastic Pot Recycling 

Master Gardener volunteers of University of Illinois Extension Menard and Sangamon counties will hold an “Herb Plant Sale and Plastic Pot Recycling” on Saturday, May 3, from 8 am to Noon. The event will be held in conjunction with Springfield Civic Garden Club Plant Sale at TechTown, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield.

A variety of herbs will be offered including: Basil, Curly and Flat Leaf Parsley, six varieties of Thyme, eight varieties of Scented Geranium, Rosemary, lavender, salad burnet, summer savory and 4 varieties of Sage. Plants will be priced from $3 to $7. Garden gloves and soil knives will also be available for purchase.

Plastic Pot recycling —bring your clean cell packs, trays, plastic pots. Containers will be reused or recycled. Questions call (217) 782-4617.

Rochester Christian Church Work Day

Saturday, May 17, 1-4 p.m.
As part of their ongoing partnership with Enos Park, RCC volunteers will be hosting an activity at the Northside Community Children’s Library, cleaning up the vacant lots owned by EPNIA, and working on the exterior of an EPNIA property.

Rain Barrel Program

One way to reduce outdoor water usage and conserve water is to collect rainwater. A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater. A typical ½ inch rainfall will fill a 55 gallon barrel. It is estimated that a 55 gallon rain barrel can save about 1,300 gallons of water during the summer. The water can then be used during dry periods to water plants.

The University of Illinois Extension Logan-Menard-Sangamon Unit will offer “The Use of Rain Barrels” program on Tuesday, May 20, from 6 to 7 pm at the U of I Extension building located at 700 South Airport Drive, Springfield. Register to attend a Rain Barrel presentation and order a rain barrel, by visiting the Unit’s website at web.extension.illinois.edu/lms or  call (217) 782-4617.

Selection of rain barrel can be made at time of ordering. These 55 gallon food quality high density poly ethylene barrels are available in blue, gray, terracotta and black. CWLP customers may be eligible for a $25 rebate.

EPNIA Monthly Meeting February 12, 7pm at the NEW County Market

Gardening and Composting

Tuesday, February 12th, 7 pm
At the New County Market, Corner of N. 2nd and Carpenter
More information: 217-494-6668 or steven combs 592@comcast.net

One of the main goals of our “Clean and Green in 2013” program is to expand our support of Kumler Church’s food pantry garden. Partnering with Kumler to enhance the garden located at the Springfield Art Association will be the starting point to recruit more participants and expand the program into composting, worm farming, and practices in water retention.

We will concentrate on recruiting more families to establish individual plots to plant and maintain throughout the growing season. A part-time supervisor, hired from within the community, will assist in the initial preparation and planting of the individual gardens. Tools, seeds, plants, compost and water will be provided. The supervisor will also oversee that each family maintains the weeding and watering of their plot.

Members of the Enos Park Garden & Composting Committee will provide instruction and training on types of plants and growing practices that should be most successful for our area and climate. Each family must commit to maintaining their plot and periodically volunteer to help with a plot designated for the Kumler food pantry.

If you would like to find out more about a specific part of the program or want to apply for a plot at the garden site on North 5th Street, you can contact the following Garden & Compost Committee members. We have approximately 12 to 15 plots at the Art Association site, but are ready to prepare more sites as needed.

  • Plot assignments: Cory Blackwell, Kumler Church, 652 5241
  • Volunteer recruitment: Dawn Mobley, EPNIA Director ,572 1500
  • Plant types & techniques: Chrissy Becker, EPNIA member, 658 2612
  • Composting: Jack Kriel, EPNIA Director, 546 5157

Meet these and other members of our Clean Green Program at the Tuesday, February 12th membership meeting at 7 p.m. The new County Market store at North 2nd Street and Carpenter will host our meeting, and you will be provided a tour of the new facility. Refreshments will be served. The public is invited.

You don’t need a Green Thumb to participate!