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Posted on: October 16, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Loose-Leaf Collection Begins Oct. 30

Two Public Works crew members pick up leaves with a vacuum truck.

DeKalb’s annual Loose-Leaf Collection begins Monday, Oct. 30 and will continue through Friday, Dec. 1, weather permitting.

Leaves are collected Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents should rake leaves into a narrow row parallel to the backside of the curb. Vacuum trucks traveling curbside will pick up the leaves. Leaf piles must be free of debris such as large tree branches and rocks. To help prevent street flooding, do not place leaves in the street.

Crews will begin in the south half of DeKalb and work north to Lincoln Highway, to the northern city limits. The City is anticipating 3-4 collection cycles. To ensure your leaves are picked up by the final collection cycle, please make sure all leaves are raked to the curb by 7a.m., Nov. 27. Schedule and locations change to accommodate weather conditions. Public Works ceases leaf collection operations in the event of snow.

City offices are closed and there will be no leaf collection on the following days:

  • Friday, November 10th - Veterans Day
  • Thursday, November 23rd - Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday, November 24th - Day after Thanksgiving        

Lakeshore Recycling will also 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. 

All dates are subject to change based on weather conditions, particularly snowfall events, and other factors beyond the control of the City.

For more information, contact the Public Works office at (815) 748-2040.

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