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Curbside Leaf Collection Extended to Tuesday, December 5

November 16, 2015 09:44 AM
 
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Winnetka’s annual curbside leaf collection program will run until Tuesday, December 5. Under this program, residents may rake their leaves to the parkway just inside the edge of the curb for collection by the Village.

Please do not rake leaves into the streets for collection. This creates a hazard, as leaves are very slippery when wet; and leaves piled in the street may clog storm sewers, leading to flooded streets and yards.

Village collection crews will begin in the northwest corner of town along Scott Avenue, and work their way south, west of Green Bay Road. When the west side of town is completed, collection will begin in the southeast portion of town and work north, east of Green Bay Road. When one such round is complete, crews begin again and continue in a like manner. The time needed to complete a round varies, depending on the volume of leaves and whether they are wet or dry; however, the Village aims to complete 6 to 8 rounds during the length of the program.

Leaves must be placed on the parkway no later than 7:00 AM daily and by the last day of collection. Leaves placed out after the program ends must be placed in Winnetka yard waste bags or in plain paper yard waste bags with a Village yard waste sticker affixed. The bags and stickers are available for purchase at Grand Foods and Lakeside for $2.00 each. These bags should weigh no more than 70 pounds each when filled and will be collected as part of the regular curbside yard waste program.

Please follow these guidelines to ensure safe and efficient service:

  • Rake leaves into a pile(s) in the parkway parallel to the curb and not in the street to reduce hazards and enable crews to move quickly and collect leaves more efficiently.
  • Remove stones, litter, branches or other landscape debris. Piles containing these items cannot be collected, as they can damage equipment and injure workers.
  • Avoid placing leaves in front of storm drains or utility covers.
  • Avoid piling leaves around cars, boulders, fire hydrants, trees or posts.
  • Avoid parking on top or adjacent to the leaf piles.
  • Do not rake to alleys or service roads.

Leaf piles that are mixed with grass trimmings, branches, brush or other yard waste will not be collected under the leaf collection program. They must be bagged and collected as part of the regular curbside yard waste program.

 

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