Highway Department: Leaf/Branch Pickup

The Leaf Pickup Program starts approximately October going into November. Call in for leaf pickup is NOT required. Our summer pickup for branches begins on the first Monday of May, 2013 and goes through the last Monday in September, 2013.

Recently questions/issues have arisen regarding the pickup of tree removals and how our branch pickup program works that need clarification for the residents of Frankfort Township.

Our branch pickup program is strictly for trimmings/prunings of trees and shrubs only. Only that type of debris will be picked up. The following is a list of debris that WILL NOT be picked up and that requires you to contact a tree service or your garbage company for these types of removals:

***Whole tree removals from private property (includes branches, trunks, stumps and root balls).
***Complete landscape removals from private property.
***Ash tree removals from private property (includes branches, trunks, stumps and root balls).
***Any wood from fencing, decks, home renovations, etc. – call your garbage company to see if they will pick up this type of debris.

If these types of debris are put out for pickup, a notice will be hung on your door informing you that we will not pick it up. It would be to your benefit to call our office before you begin any major types of removals from your yard so that you know in advance who is responsible for the pickup of the debris.

Branches for pickup require you to place them into your parkway with the cut ends facing toward the street in as neat a pile as possible. If the pile is “messy” and not stacked properly, you will be given a restack notice instructing you to restack the pile correctly in order for the debris to be picked up at a later time. Debris put into any type of container or bag WILL NOT be picked up. Bundling your branches is not necessary, but if you do, it must be done with string only, nothing metal. Metal will damage our chipper. Call-in for pickup is not necessary, but please have your branches out by 7:00 AM for your Monday pickup—our crew gets started early. Putting branches out later in the day may not get picked up. Branch pickup is a weekly Monday service that begins with the first Monday in May and goes through the last Monday in September. If our Monday pickups fall on a holiday or we experience equipment failure or bad weather, pickup will resume the next possible available day.

Our branch pickup program is done as a courtesy to the residents and is a volunteer no fee program. Your cooperation with the guidelines we have set forth regarding this program is appreciated and necessary in order for the program to continue.

If you are a Frankfort Township resident but reside in a municipality (Frankfort, Mokena, Tinley Park), you need to contact your local public works to find out what their requirements are for pickup of debris.

Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm. You can reach us at 708-479-9673 or by e-mail at: ftrd@comcast.net. Information is also available on the Frankfort Township website at: www.frankforttownship.com. If you call and we do not answer, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Bill Carlson
Highway Commissioner
Frankfort Township Road District
9434 W. LaPorte Road
Mokena, IL 60448


Feel free to contact me
at my office 708-479-9673,
by fax 708-479-0690, or
by email bccommish@comcast.net
at any time.

Branch Pickup Requirements
*Place cut ends toward the roadway. Crews are not allowed to pick up material on private property.
* Keep branches as long as possible. A diameter up to 6 inches will be accepted.
* Do not pile up branches. Branches shall be stacked in 3 feet high by 3 feet wide piles. Crews will accept up to 4 pile per household per week.
* Brush bundles 4 feet or shorter must be tied with no more than 4 feet of string or twine at the largest part of the bundle. These bundles should be no larger than 16 inches in diameter. Wire or metal must not be used since it is harmful to our equipment.
* Brush bundles must be free of stumps, root balls, dirt, stones, metals, old wood, construction materials, and other trash. Branches/brush put in containers will not be picked up.
* Thorny branches must be tied and stacked separately from other brush. Please leave this brush to the side of all other brush.
* This service is for branches only. Landscape timbers and wood fencing will not be picked up.
As a result of the branch pickup program, wood chips are available. There is no charge for this service at the present time. If you would like to be placed on the wood chip list, call the Road district office at 708-479-9673. Our office will call you to schedule a delivery day when wood chips are available.

Leaf Pickup
Please be aware that our leaf pickup program is a fall program that starts on or about October and ends approximately Thanksgiving time. Any leaves needing disposing of before October will be the homeowner’s responsibility. Please check with your local garbage company for their requirements for leaf pickup. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.