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DeKalb to begin leaf collection Monday

October 24, 2018

DeKALB – The city’s annual leaf collection will begin on Monday, Oct. 29.

Crews from the Public Works Department will work in sections and collect leaves by vacuuming them up on one side of multiple streets first, and then circle back to do the other side. Crews will begin collecting on the south side of the city and work their way north.

City officials are instructing residents to rake leaves into a narrow row which should be parallel to the curb, not in the street. Leaf piles must be free of rocks, sticks, and other debris.

Residents are cautioned to use off-street parking during the leaf collection. Additionally, any leaf piles blocked by parked cars will not be collected, and crews will not return until the following cycle. Although leaf pickup during this season can be difficult due to weather and amount of leaf fall, public works anticipates completing four pickup cycles throughout the city, according to a city release.

Crews will operate from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in a weather-dependent window beginning on Oct. 29 and ending the week of Nov. 26, according to Andy Raih, interim streets superintendent. No collections will be made after Nov. 30.

Public works is also encouraging residents to utilize Lakeshore Recycling Services curbside collection, which would pickup yard waste on their normal collection day, and to consider mulching their leaves instead.