This week, the Public Works Department completed the first full cycle of leaf collection. Collection crews have experienced significant delays resulting from early winter weather and mechanical breakdowns. A second collection cycle is now in progress, beginning south of Lincoln Highway earlier this week. Due to the large volume of leaves that have been raked to the curb, this cycle may progress slower; however, weather conditions do appear to be favorable in the extended forecast. Residents north of Lincoln Highway should have leaves raked to the curb no later than Monday, December 2, to ensure collection. Public Works is aiming to complete this second collection cycle by Friday, December 6. If weather permits, a final “clean-up” may be conducted the week of December 9.
Residents are reminded to rake leaves into a narrow row parallel to the backside of the curb. Leaf piles must be free of sticks, rocks, or other debris. In addition, the City asks that residents do not rake leaves into the street. Leaves quickly accumulate and can result in street flooding. Public Works recommends off-street parking throughout the season to ensure leaf pick up in front of your home. If leaf piles are not accessible, you may be passed by. Public Works ceases leaf collection operations in the event of snow.
This week is also the final collection cycle for yard waste, including bagged leaves, by Lakeshore Recycling Systems. LRS will pick up your leaves, curbside, on your regularly scheduled garbage day. However, leaves must be placed in biodegradable yard-waste bags or open garbage cans. Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be collected. Thursday and Friday collection will be delayed by one day due to Thanksgiving.
Questions regarding these services should be directed to the Public Works Department at 815-748-2040.