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Daily, free leaf pickup service starts soon

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Well, the calendar has come around again to autumn. It might be your favorite time of the year for cooler temps and seasonal colors, but it’s also time for leaves to start falling from trees. With that in mind, remember to take advantage of the village’s annual daily leaf pickup program. It’s a free service that begins on Oct. 19 and carries through to Dec. 3. Get your piles of leaves in place every morning by 8 a.m. on collection days. It’s important to note that there is no leaf pickup on holidays and weekends.

Leaf pickup rules include:

  • Don’t mix brush, sticks or grass clippings in with your leaves. This service is for disposal of leaves only.
  • Landscape waste in the form of grass clippings and garden waste is prohibited since there is the potential for chemical residues that may interfere with crop growth on land where the leaves are later applied.
  • It is helpful and speeds up the process if leaves are placed in piles away from mailboxes, sign and utility poles and intersections so that vacuum equipment can be used properly and not cause delays.
  • If you would like to avoid some of the dust produced by leaf pickup, sprinkle your piles of leaves with water prior to collection times.

Village policy is that village staff can refuse to remove landscape waste that is deemed not in compliance with guidelines. Removing landscape waste that does not qualify as leaves is not the responsibility of the village.

Burn ordinance: There is not a burn ban in the village, however, there is a burn ordinance with a minimum $25 fine for each violation. Only yard waste can be burned, and burning can only be done on dry days and must be completed before dusk, which means there is no burning at night. These rules were put in place, according to Public Works Director Larry Coloni, to prevent anyone from being a nuisance to their neighbors.

If two days pass and your leaves have not been picked up, please contact Village Hall at 877-9445.

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