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Leaf Collection and Spring Cleanup


2014 Curbside Leaf Collection Begins October 20

The Village's annual curbside leaf collection program will begin Monday, October 20 and end Monday, December 1. Under this program, residents may rake their leaves to the parkway just inside the edge of the curb for collection. Please place leaves on curb by 7:00 AM.  Please do not rake leaves into the streets.  This creates a hazard, as leaves become slippery when wet.  In addition, leaves piled in the street may clog storm sewers, leading to flooding.

Village collection crews operate in a circular pattern, from the northwest corner of town west of Green Bay Road, working their way south.  When the west side of town is completed, collection begins in the southeast portion of town and works north, east of Green Bay Road.  When one such round is complete, crews begin again and continue in the same 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.

Leaf Collection

Every year the Public Works Department collects leaves (at no charge) from the parkways in residential neighborhoods. The leaves do not need to be bagged during the program, but residents are asked to rake leaves onto the parkway (not the curb line) so that the Public Works crews can efficiently and effectively collect the leaves.

The Village's annual leaf collection normally begins in October and runs through November. During that period, crews generally complete a sweep of the entire Village about once every seven days. It is possible that the crews will be by each house at least four times.

Due to the high demand during the Leaf Collection program and limited time frame, the Public Works Department does not accept callbacks when leaves are not in the parkway before crews pass. Residents can keep the leaves in the parkway until Public Works Crews return. However, if the program has ended and residents forgot to place the leaves in the parkway, then they will need to be placed in yardwaste bags. Bags may be purchased at Grand Foods or Lakeside Foods for $2.00.

Spring Cleanup

The annual Spring Cleanup Program is a free service to residents provided by the Public Works Department. The program is usually conducted the last week of April, and provides residents an excellent opportunity to clean out attics, basements, garages, etc. of unwanted items and materials. The Public Works Crews collect almost anything that two men can reasonably lift from the parkway.

There are, however, some items crews will not collect as part of the Spring Cleanup, including:

  • Yardwaste
  • Dirt or stones
  • Construction material
  • Logs
  • Paint (including paint thinner and stains)
  • Chemicals
  • Gasoline or oil
  • Pesticides or herbicides
  • Propane tanks
  • Any other liquids or hazardous materials

Please do not place any of the above listed items at the curb for pickup. Crews are not able to collect these items and they will be left behind.

As with Leaf Collection, crews are not able to respond to callbacks for Spring Cleanup once the program has concluded. Throughout the year, though, Public Works offers special pickups (at a fee) through its refuse collection program. Residents can call the Public Works Department at 847-716-3568 to request a special pick up.

Holiday Tree Pickup

Following the holiday season, in early January each year, the Public Works Department conducts a special program for Holiday Tree pickup. Trees are picked-up from the curbside for shredding, chipping, and composting. The service is generally offered the first through the third week of January. After the program has passed, trees will still be picked-up, as long as a $2 refuse sticker is displayed.

Residents wishing to participate should remove everything from trees that could clog or damage the shredder, including:

  • Plastic bags or wraps
  • Ornaments
  • Tinsel
  • Wires
  • Stands

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