The Village leaf collection program begins in mid-October and continues through early December, weather permitting.
Did you know that fallen leaves are beneficial soil amendment? The Environmental Sustainability Plan calls to "Leaf them Alone". They help improve soil quality and provide nutrients to landscaping and lawns. Rake a few inches of leaves into your landscape beds or mulch into lawns using a mulching lawnmower.
For excess leaves: Rake them into the street, but do not make piles over sewer drains or in front of hydrants. Village crews collect the leaves approximately five to seven days (depending on weather and the volume of leaves throughout town).
Do not rake twigs, branches, sticks, rocks, bottles, garden debris, etc. with the leaves, as such items may cause the collection equipment to malfunction. Avoid parking your vehicle on top of or adjacent to leaf piles, as parked vehicles may prevent Village crews from collecting the leaf piles.
During the yard waste collection season (early April through mid-November), residents can place leaves into biodegradable Kraft paper yard waste bags for pick-up. Yard waste bags should not exceed 40 pounds each.
The Streets and Alleys Division maintains approximately 70 miles of alleys each year. Alley maintenance work typically occurs between April and mid-October, weather permitting. Crushed stoned alleys are graded approximately every two years. Alleys are prioritized according to their condition. The alley grading process includes cleaning the entire 16 foot right-of-way of grass and weeds, leveling any existing depressions throughout the alley and evaluating the alley's need for new stone.