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- EMERGENCY call 911
- Non-emergency call 788-8311
For emergencies, citizens should call 911. For time-sensitive response, call the dispatch number for the request to be given to an officer on duty. The numbers and emails of Neighborhood Police Officers are to be used for non-emergency neighborhood issues. Email or leave a message and the NPO will call you back when available.
- Keep your eyes open - residents are more likely to recognize suspicious activity than police because they are more familiar with the neighborhood.
- Report suspicious activity! Police officers can't be everywhere at one time, and a report can provide the probable cause needed to check out a possible crime.
Springfield Crime Data
The Springfield Police Department has made neighborhood crime data in near-real time available free to the public via www.crimereports.com or by using the CrimeReports app for iPhone. The site lists the type of crime, address rounded to the block level, date and time. People can sign up for daily, weekly or monthly email alerts.
- Division of Waste & Recycling - 217-789-2327
- Vehicle Parking division (Block Parties) 217-789-2211
- Stoplights / Traffic signs
(business hours) Public Works Traffic Engineer 217-789-2260
(after hours) Public Works Garage 217-789-2246
- Large item removal: Allied Waste Allied 217-522-7797
- City of Springfield Info Hotline 217-789-2468
Springfield Public Works
City Water Light & Power - CWLP
- Citylights - CWLP is again offering rebates to commerical business customers who install qualifying energy-efficient interior lighting. Available to all CWLP electrically metered, non-governmental commercial customers, amounts are based on the type and number of products installed. All projects require pre-approval. For more information or to download a packet from the CWLP website, visit www.CWLP.com, contact Energy Services at 217-789-2070 or email nrgxprts@CWLP.com.
- CWLP website
- CWLP Comments, Questions, Suggestions
- email CWLP
City of Springfield Information
Need information about the City? Check out www.springfield.il.us.
Still can’t find the answer? Call the information hotline at 217-789-2468.
The Green Business Network of Springfield, www.GBNS.org, is working with Durr, Tillet and Kobylarz, Inc. (DTK) to offer a central drop-off for businesses and concerned citizens to bring their recyclables.
The drop-off is located at the old Sid & Son Metal Recycling Facility at the corner of 11th and Madison. DTK is also working with Downtown Springfield, Inc. (DSI) to position free dumpsters to serve DSI members. As they contact GBNS, other businesses with sizable volumes of recyclables will be enrolled in Recycle Springfield and will receive free recycling. DTK has partnered with SPARC for local labor and does all processing locally.
As of January, 2012, accepted recyclables include cardboard, dry cell batteries, plastic bottles and containers, plastic bags, and plastic shipping materials.
For more information, see www.GBNS.org or a list of currently accepted recyclables...
Electronics Banned from Garbage - Where to Recycle Electronics
Effective January 1, 2012, most consumer electronics will be banned from Illinois landfills, meaning they can no longer be placed in the trash. The list of banned items includes:
- Electronic Mice
- Computers (incl. tablet computers)
- Videocassette Recorders
- Portable Digital Music Players
- Electronic Keyboards
- Facsimile Machines
- Digital Video Disc Recorders
- Video Game Consoles
- Small Scale Servers
- Digital Converter Boxes
- Cable Receivers
- Satellite Receivers
Fortunately, we have several electronics recycling options in Springfield, including some new opportunities that support local non-profit agencies. Whether from your business or your home, please plan to recycle your electronic items at the following locations:
Habitat for Humanity accepts all computers and related equipment, as well as televisions, cameras, stereos, VCRs and other electronics. This is made possible by arrangement with Vintage Tech Recyclers of Illinois. See Habitat’s website at: www.habitatsangamon.com and click on News/Events.
Goodwill accepts all used computers and related equipment such as monitors, hard drives, software, printers, and ink and toner cartridges through a program with Dell Reconnect. See their website: www.llgi.org.
Ronald McDonald House now accepts printer cartridges and cell phones for recycling, which supports their mission. See details of this program at www.rmhc-centralillinois.org.
BLH Computers of Springfield accepts from residents or businesses any and all types of electronics of any age, in any condition, for recycling. See their website at: http://www.blhcomputers.com.
ComputerBanc is a local non-profit organization that refurbishes and provides computers to children with learning disabilities and families in need, helping to close the “digital divide”. See their website at: http://computerbanc.org.
Large Item Pickup Program
City of Springfield residents who live in a house or duplex and pay individually for garbage can service may make one call per year to have up to 3 large items collected from their residence at no charge. The program is intended for specific, large items such as large furniture, mattresses and appliances. NOTE: only one of your three items may contain Freon (refrigerator, air conditioner, cooler.) If you have more than three items needing pickup, you may arrange to have these collected at the same time, but you must pay for the extra items. Apartments, townhomes and mobile home parks and those with dumpster service are not eligible for this service.
The City has contracted with Allied Waste Services for this service; call 522-7797 and ask to schedule a large item pick-up. Allied staff will take your name, address, and what items you have for pick-up. DO NOT place items at the curb until the night before your scheduled pick-up.
CWLP Old Refrigerator / Freezer Program
CWLP customers can earn $50 for turning in a working refrigerator or freezer older than 1997. Call 789-CWLP (789-2957) for eligibility requirements.
Public Works crews provide branch collection throughout the city from April through November each year on a 6 to 8 week cycle. Residents may drop off tree branches and brush free of charge with proof of city residency at the City’s Streets Department Facility at 301 N. 17th Street (behind the Salt Dome off of Clear Lake Drive) Mon – Fri from 6am – 2pm in the summer. Call the Public Works garage at 789-2246 for more info.
Gardening Material Disposal
Unneeded dirt, rock, sand, sod and old mulch are not accepted by waste haulers, but are “clean fill” that can be used to help control erosion along hills and ditches by Township Road Commissioners. Call any of the Commissioners to find out if they could use your clean fill material; their phone numbers are in the front of your phone book in the Government listings. Landscape timbers are not considered clean fill material, and should be stored until they can be disposed at a household hazardous waste collection event.
Mowing and Weeds
Residences in Springfield are required by ordinance to keep lawns, city parkway areas and alley abuttals maintained. Grass and weeds greater than 10” (ten inches) in height may draw pests and are unsightly. To report violations of city mowing requirements, call the Public Works Building and Zoning Housing Division at 789-2167.
Traffic Signals or Sign Problems
To report a problem with a traffic sign (i.e. damaged, sign knocked down, etc.), call the Public Works Traffic Engineer at 789- 2260 or the Public Works Garage if outside business hours at 789- 2246. To report a burnt out traffic signal call CWLP at 789-2121.
Curbside recycling with blue bins is available at no additional cost to single family and duplex homes within Springfield city limits. Service routes, days for pick up, what is accepted and how materials should be prepared are controlled by your chosen waste hauler. Please call your waste hauler, NOT the city’s administrative offices for this information.
Neighborhood associations wishing to hold block parties that require temporary closure of city streets are encouraged to call the city’s Vehicle Parking division at 789-2211 for a list of block party requirements and registration forms, well in advance of your planned party.
Recycling and Donation of Used Items
Keep junk out of our alleys!
- Goodwill, 2001 Wabash Ave, M-Sat 9am-7pm; Sun noon-6pm
- Salvation Army - locations on their website - with handy donated goods valuation $$
- Freecycle Springfield - one person's trash is another's treasure. You must join to post items to give - it's free.
- BLH - takes electronic office equipment and computers - 1832 Stevenson Drive