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Final Bulk Curbside Leaf Collection Begins Monday

The city of Naperville will make one last curbside leaf collection beginning next week.

The final cycle of the city of Naperville's bulk curbside leaf collection program will begin on Monday, Nov. 12.

The city is asking residents to rake leaves into the street, next to the curb and avoid storm drains, by 6 a.m. on Monday. Crews will collect leaves in front of each house once during the final collection cycle.

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A map of bulk curbside leaf collection progress is updated daily and posted to the city’s website at www.naperville.il.us/leafcollection.aspx. Leaf volume and weather uncertainties make it impossible for the city to guarantee curbside leaf collection on a specific day.

Residents should note the following:

  • Snow, rain or freezing weather may significantly delay or permanently halt curbside leaf collection. If snow is forecast, residents should bag any remaining leaves as leaf collection may end or be significantly delayed.
  • Avoid placing items other than leaves in leaf piles. Branches, twigs, lumber, rocks and items other than leaves buried in leaf piles can cause mechanical breakdowns of leaf equipment, delay the collection process and increase the cost of the program.
  • Rake leaves away from storm drains in the street to prevent flooding.
  • The mechanical curbside leaf collection equipment will leave debris on the street. Street sweeping will begin after curbside leaf collection ends, weather permitting. Residents may choose to sweep up leaf debris and include it in the bagged collection program.

Once crews have completed the final collection in your area, all remaining leaves must be bagged for pickup through the bagged leaf and yard waste collection program.

Free Bagged Leaf and Yard Waste Collection Program

The city is encouraging residents to take advantage of the free bagged leaf and yard waste collection program, which helps to handle the huge volume of fall leaves. The free bagged leaf and yard waste collection program runs from now through Dec. 14.

To participate, fill 32-gallon paper yard waste bags with leaves and other yard waste. Leaves and yard waste placed in paper yard waste bags will not require stickers from now through Dec. 14. Branches and other yard waste that are tied into bundles require a sticker at all times. There is a 60 pound maximum per bag. Please be aware that wet leaves will add to the weight of the bag. Place the bags at the curb by 6 a.m. on your normal trash collection day.

Weekly bag or bundled yard waste collection ends for the year on Dec. 14. Yard waste collection will begin again on March 18, 2013, and a yard waste sticker will be required on all bags and bundles.

For more information, contact the Department of Public Works at 630-420-6095 or visit www.naperville.il.us/leafcollection.aspx.

Submitted by the city of Naperville

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