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Curbside Leaf Collection Underway

October 10, 2016 09:54 AM

Winnetka’s annual curbside leaf collection program will run until Monday, November 28. 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. This creates a hazard, as leaves are slippery when wet; and also can clog storm sewers, leading to flooded streets and yards.

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 commence 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; 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.  These bags should weigh no more than 70 pounds when filled and will be collected as part of the regular curbside yard waste program. Bags and stickers are available for $2.00 each at the Grand Food Center or Lakeside Foods.

Please follow these guidelines to ensure safe and efficient service:

  • Rake leaves into a pile(s) on the parkway parallel to the curb but not in the street to reduce hazards and enable crews to move quickly and 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. They must be bagged for collection as part of the regular curbside yard waste program.  For more information, call the Public Works Department at 847-716-3568.


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