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Village Green Program Policy Edited September 14, 2023

Village Green Program Policy Edited September 14, 2023

Yard Waste, Branch Pickup, Fall Cleanup




For the purpose of this subchapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.

RESIDENTIAL DWELLING UNIT (RDU). A residential unit shall include a single-family dwelling, multi-family dwelling unit, and mobile home not in a mobile home park whether on public or private streets. A dwelling in a residential area which contains a "home-type" business enterprise, such as a small beauty parlor, etc., shall be considered a dwelling unit and receive collection service.

UTILITY CUSTOMER.  Any resident of any household which has an electric, water or sewer utility account with the village, or any authorized agent of any person, firm or corporation having a nonresidential electric, water or sewer utility account with the village.


The Village Green program shall refer to collection and disposal of residential solid waste, yard waste and the collection of tree limbs and branches and activities necessary to keep streets and alleyways clear of yard waste and debris. It shall be the responsibility of each residential dwelling unit, at the unit’s sole cost and expense, to contract with a licensed waste hauler for the collection of solid waste. The Village shall contract for the at least semi-annual pick up of yard waste and the monthly collection of tree limbs and branches. The cost of the semi-annual yard waste and collection of tree limbs and branches, as set forth herein, shall be covered by the Green Program Service Charge set forth in Section §53.47.  The Green Program shall also include the annual village clean-up and other green/recycling projects, including necessary equipment purchases for street sweeping and other Green Program projects as may be approved by the corporate authorities of the village.


Each utility customer in the village shall be assessed a monthly service charge of $5.00 for each month of the year to defray the cost of collection and disposal of yard waste pursuant to §53.52, authorized tree waste pursuant to §53.71, the annual village clean-up program and other recycling/clean-up projects of the village and related equipment for street cleaning / clearing.  The service charge shall be charged and collected along with the monthly utility bill to each customer.  The service charges shall be placed in a special fund in the village treasury and used only to defray the cost of the above described services in §53.46.



The village hereby establishes a yard waste collection and disposal system.

§ 53.51 DEFINITIONS.  

For the purpose of this subchapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.  

COMPOST YARD WASTE BAGS. Biodegradable sacks designed to store yard waste with sufficient wall strength to maintain physical integrity when lifted. Bags must be easily identified and distinguishable from regular solid waste containers.

RESIDENTIAL YARD WASTE. Household generated yard material such as grass clippings, garden debris, leaves, shrubbery or brush or tree trimmings less than 6' in length and 8" in diameter. Each household must place this material in a separate, identifiable container or Compost Yard Waste Bags or bundled.

YARD WASTE CONTAINER.  Households must provide their own separate yard waste container or compost yard waste paper bags. Yard waste containers must be prominently market so that they may be identified by a passing truck and must be placed at the curb. Containers may not exceed 90-gallon bins and cannot exceed 50 lbs. in weight.


          (A) Collection of yard waste will be for each residential dwelling unit and shall be performed by the Village or its contractor a total of 4 times, twice per year for duration of five weeks (spring and fall) with two trips through the Village per five-week period.  Collection of the yard waste outside these designated collection periods must be performed by each residential dwelling unit’s designated waste hauler with appropriate stickers affixed to bags or containers as required.

          (B) Containers for yard waste may be either a reusable container clearly marked “Yard Waste” or a paper or other biodegradable bag with a capacity not to exceed thirty (30) gallons.

         (C) The Village’s Contractor will pick up an unlimited-number containers at curbsides. For curbside pickup, all containers shall be placed near the street in front of the residential unit or in an alley adjacent to the property. It shall be the responsibility of each resident to see the container are placed curbside or as close as practicable to collection vehicle routes by 6:00 a.m. on the designated collection day. Curbside refers to that portion of the right-of-way adjacent to paved or traveled roadways (including alleys).

         (D) Nothing herein shall limit residents of the village from disposing of yard waste at their own expense in accordance with their respective waste haulers' rates and procedures.  



           (A) All owners and occupiers of land within the Village shall remove or cause to be removed by a licensed solid waste hauler all solid waste (garbage) other than yard waste, as defined in this chapter, produced or otherwise accumulated on any premises in the village, at least once weekly.

           (B) The accumulation of solid waste (garbage) on a premises in violation of division (A) of this section is hereby declared a nuisance.

           (C) All leases of real property in the Village shall specify, as between the landlord and the tenant, who is responsible for waste removal from the premises. However, the failure of the party responsible to remove the waste pursuant to the lease shall not be a defense for the other party in the event the village brings an action to enforce division (A) of this section.


Residential Limb and Branches Collection

Pick-Up all limbs and branchs that are shorter than 6 feet in length and smaller in diameter than 8 inches. If the branch is longer than 6 feet in length or larger than 8 inches in diameter it will not be picked up. This includes all Residents, Apartment Buildings Trailer Parks, Commercial Businesses, Village Parks, Village Drop Off Area. Bidder will go thru the town once per month (12 months of the year) and provide a collection map of area scheduled for pickup. The low bidder will be responsible for collection and disposal of all collected material. 

For curbside pickup, all branches and limbs shall be placed near the street in front of the residential unit. It shall be the responsibility of each resident to see the branches and limbs are placed curbside or as close as practicable to collection vehicle routes by 6:00 a.m. on the Monday of the first full week of each month. Curbside refers to that portion of the right-of-way adjacent to paved or traveled roadways.

Area to be Served- The area to receive the service is the area within the corporate boundaries of the Village of Chatham, Illinois.

Hours of Collection- Normal hours of collection are to be from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. In the case of missed collections due to emergencies, inclement weather and or holidays collections may be performed on Saturdays, 6:00 am. to 6:00 p.m. Exceptions may be made only when the Contractor has reasonably determined that an exception is necessary to complete collection of an existing route due to unusual circumstances.

Missed Collections

In the event that a regularly scheduled collection is missed and a complaint received by the Contractor, and where no fault can be found on the generator's part, a special collection will be required of the Contractor within twenty-four (24) hours. Contractor shall provide a phone number (217) 585-1488, which will be answered between the hours of 7AM and 4PM weekdays and that a message maybe left after hours.


All tree waste generated by a commercial operator shall be removed from the corporate limits of the village and disposed of by the commercial operator.


         (A) Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a monetary fine not less than $100 nor to exceed $750. Each and every day that a violation continues shall be considered a separate offense.

         (B) In addition to the penalty as prescribed in division (A) of this section, the village may apply to the court for equitable relief compelling an owner or occupier of land to abate a nuisance created by this violation.

                Section 3.  Severability.  In the event a court of competent jurisdiction finds this ordinance or any provision hereof to be invalid or unenforceable as applied, such finding shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of this ordinance and the application thereof to the greatest extent permitted by law.

                Section 4.  Repeal and Savings Clause.  All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby repealed.

                Section 5.  Effectiveness.  This ordinance shall be in full force and effect after its approval and publication in pamphlet form as required by law.

2023 Fall/Dumpster day Clean-Up

Saturday October 14, 2023
7:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Chatham Community Park
Enter on Park St. and Exit on S. Main
The Village of Chatham will furnish dumpsters and personnel to assist in un-loading material brought to the Park's by citizens of Chatham only,
I.D. must be shown for proof of address.
The following materials will not be accepted; electronics, tires, yard waste, batteries, dirt, computers, televisions, concrete, roofing, railroad ties, paint or any appliance with freon. If the appliance has had the freon removed, we will accept the appliance.
If you are at least 65 or handicapped and need assistance with your material, please call the Village office at 483-2451 and your name will be placed on a list for help. Please let us know what material you need to get rid of at the time you call.
If you have any questions, please call the Village office at 483-2451.