Special Programs




Special Programs

The City of Carbondale offers a number of additional waste collection programs throughout the year.




Curbside Christmas Tree Recycling Program

The City of Carbondale Forestry Division will conduct its annual Curbside Christmas Tree Recycling Program during the month of January. Residents desiring to participate in this program should place their Christmas trees curbside on their normal refuse and recycling collection day (please note that the actual collection and chipping of the trees will occur the following day). Any residents wishing to dispose of their Christmas trees on days other than their normal refuse day may also take their Christmas trees to one of the following neighborhood drop-off sites:

  •     Public Works Complex on North Michaels Street (drop off at main gate)
  •     East Recycling Drop-Off Center on East College Street (west of the Stor-N-Lok)
  •     Parrish Park parking lot on West Sunset Drive (at the east end of the parking lot)
  •     Attucks Park parking lot on North Wall Street (the south parking lot)

Please discard pine rope, wreaths, garland, and flocked trees with regular refuse. Questions about this program may be directed to the Maintenance and Environmental Services Office at (618) 457-3275 or to the City Forester’s Office at (618) 549-5302 ext. 332.

 Notice of Seasonal Vacuum Leaf Collection Services

Carbondale’s Seasonal Vacuum Leaf Collection Service will be offered during the months of November, December and January. Calls for this service will be accepted from the 1st Monday in November through the last Friday in January of each year. The fee during this Special Program period is $25.00 for each collection. The regular fee for vacuum leaf collection is $35.00.

City of Carbondale residents interested in this service should rake their leaves to the edge of the curb or street (please be sure not to block streets, sidewalks, ditches or gutters), then call the Maintenance and Environmental Services Office at (618) 457-3275 and request a vacuum leaf collection.

Calls for service will be accepted 24 hours a day by leaving a message at the above number. Please be sure to leave your Name, Address, and Telephone Number and identify your request as “vacuum leaf collection”. If you would like to speak to a person directly please call between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The City’s Landscape Waste Bag & Bundle Program will continue with collection on Wednesday’s and Friday’s. Residents interested in collection of bagged leaves and grass or bundles of brush may continue to place their landscape waste in environmentally friendly paper lawn waste bags or tied bundles and purchase and affix one sticker to each bag or bundle. When you have placed the bags or bundles at the curb please call the number listed above and leave your address along with your request for “Bag and Bundle” or “Landscape Waste Collection”.  Collection will be scheduled for the following Wednesday or Friday.


Residential Spring Clean-Up

The City of Carbondale will conduct the annual Residential Spring Clean-Up Program beginning May 5th, 2017. This program serves single family dwellings up to and including 4-unit buildings. The Spring Clean-Up Program allows residents to dispose of household items and general rubbish generated from the dwelling being served.

To participate in this program, place your household rubbish at the curbside no earlier than five (5) days prior to your collection day and no later than 8:00 a.m. on your collection day (please note that items set at the curbside for collection after 8:00 a.m. on the listed collection day will not be collected). Household items will be collected from the curbside on Fridays, based on the following schedule:

Monday's City Refuse Collection Route – Friday, May 5th

All residences east of the Canadian National (CN) railroad tracks.

Tuesday's City Refuse Collection Route - Friday, May 12th

All residences located east of Little Crab Orchard Creek and west of South Oakland Avenue and all residents south of West Main St. up to and including Chautauqua Street (excluding residences along South Oakland Ave.)

Wednesday's City Refuse Collection Route - Friday May 19th

All residences located west of the CN railroad tracks, from South Oakland Avenue east and from West Main Street south.  And all residences from West Main Street north and North Oakland Avenue east, up to and including West Sycamore Street as well as residences on North Baine Drive; All residents west of the CNRR tracks, east of Little Crab Orchard Creek and south of West Chautauqua Street (excluding residences on Chautauqua St.)

Thursday's City Refuse Collection Route - Friday, May 26th

All residences west of the CN railroad tracks, north of West Sycamore Street (excluding residences located along West Sycamore St. and North Baine Dr.) and all residences west of Little Crab Orchard Creek.

The following items will NOT be collected as a part of this program:

  •  Electronics such as computers and computer accessories; televisions and TV accessories; MP3 and IPOD players.
  • Tires, appliances, or yard waste - these items can be disposed of by the City's Landscape & Special Waste Sticker Program.
  • Hazardous materials including paint, oil, gasoline, car batteries, pesticides, and other chemicals. Note that many of these items may be disposed of through a Household Chemical Collection Event by the Jackson County Health Department to take place on an announced Saturday in May at the SIU Arena Parking lot for Jackson County residents only.  For more information check the Jackson County Health Department’s website at www.recyclejacksoncounty.org.
  • Contractor's remodeling or construction debris - residents or contractors must dispose of these items using private haulers.

 Please be sure not to block sidewalks, streets, ditches or drainage ways with your items. Also placing items and/or allowing items to remain at the curbside earlier than 5 days prior to or after 8:00 a.m. on your scheduled collection day is a violation of City Code and may subject you to a citation. If you have any questions, please contact the Maintenance and Environmental Services Office at (618)457-3275.

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