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Fall Leaf Collection Program

Fall Leaf Collection Program
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UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30:

The leaf collection crews started and completed the fifth pass through the Village on Monday, November 30. The leaf collection crews will pause on Tuesday (12/1) and Wednesday (12/2). The final passes will occur on Thursday (12/3) and Friday (12/4). You must have your leaves placed in the parkway by Thursday, December 3 for the final collection.

If you are unable to place your leaves out for the Fall Leaf Collection Program, LRS will do its final yardwaste collection on Wednesday, December 9. For the LRS yardwaste collection, leaves must be placed in kraft bags and be tagged with a yardwaste sticker. Stickers are available for purchase at The Grand and the Village Hall. If you miss both the Leaf Collection Program and the final yardwaste pickup, leaves can be stored in bags in a dry location until the yardwaste collection begins in the spring. 

A few reminders:

  • If the leaf collection crews are in the preceding area, you may generally assume that the leaf collection crews will be in your area in one to three business days, dependent on weather, leaf coverage and other factors. For example, if the leaf collection crews are in Area 2 and you live in Area 3, you should be bringing your leaves to the parkway in anticipation of the collection.
  • Please note that crews start at 7 a.m. in the morning.
  • Residents who use a landscape contractor are urged to have the contractor remove leaves at the time their yard is serviced (this is often included).
  • This webpage is updated daily during the weekdays, either early morning or late afternoon, with the current crew location area and the anticipated crew location area(s) for the following day. 

Leaf Collection Program Information 

Wondering how the Leaf Collection Program works? The Village's garbage and recycling collection contractor, LRS, collects leaves as part of their contract with the Village. The Village is divided into five leaf collection areas. (See map under Crew Location Information or click here). The leaf collection crews always start in Area 1 and proceed to the next area in numerical order once each area is complete. The completion of all five areas is referred to as a pass. The crews generally start collection in mid-October and finish in early to mid-December and they aim to complete five to seven passes around the Village each fall season.

When the leaf collection crews are in an area, they systematically drive down one side of each street and come back down the other side, searching for and collecting leaf piles in the parkway. A Public Works crew member, referred to as the Leaf General, methodically records the day and time when each street has been completed during each pass and works to ensure that no streets are missed. This individual also tracks the number of cubic yards of leaves that are hauled to the Chicago Botanic Garden for composting and serves as liaison between the Village staff and the LRS crews.

The Village informs residents where the leaf collection crews are working each day and where the crews are anticipated to be working the following day, via this webpage. However, forecasting which streets the leaf collection crews will complete on any day is difficult. Unexpected delays can occur due to leaf collection machinery malfunctions, incremental weather or high volumes of leaves. At the same time, crews may complete areas sooner than anticipated because there is less leaf volume at the curbs. If the leaf collection crews are in the preceding area, you may generally assume that the leaf collection crews will be in your area in one to three business days. For example, if the leaf collection crews are in Area 2 and you live in Area 3, you should be bringing your leaves to the parkway in anticipation of the collection. However, this is not a guarantee.

As a resident, there is no need to sign up for the leaf collection program. To participate, place your leaves in a long, low row of leaves in the parkway in front of your property during the Fall Leaf Collection Program season. Please keep the leaf piles out of the street as leaf piles can be a traffic hazard and clog the storm sewers.

Please be aware that there is no set schedule or a day of the week when your leaves will be picked-up during the Leaf Collection Program. Also, the Leaf Collection crews are unable to respond to requests for on-demand pickups as it would create program inefficiencies.

Want to know more? Scroll down to FAQ section below or check out the Village Manager's behind-the-scenes blog post about the leaf collection here.

Crew Location Information
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Want to know when the leaf collection crews will be in your neighborhood? First, determine which area you live in by studying the map below. (Hint: Click here or the image to enlarge the map.) Second, check this webpage for daily updates that specify where the leaf collections are working and where they anticipate starting the next day.

FAQs

How do I sign up for the Leaf Collection Program?
There is no need to sign up for the Leaf Collection Program. To participate, place your leaves in a long, low row of leaves in the parkway in front of your property during the Fall Leaf Collection Program season. Please keep the leaf piles out of the street as leaf piles can be a traffic hazard and clog the storm sewers.

What happens when there are cars parked in front of my leaf piles? If there are cars parked in front of leaf piles, the crews place “no parking” signs at the leaf pile and return to collect the leaf piles the following day.

Can the Village tell me when the leaf collection crews will be in my leaf collection area? The Village informs residents where the leaf collection crews are working and where they are anticipated to be working the following day, via this webpage. However, forecasting which streets the leaf collection crews will complete on any day is difficult. Unexpected delays can occur due to leaf collection machinery malfunctions, incremental weather or high volumes of leaves. At the same time, crews may complete areas sooner than anticipated because there is less leaf volume at the curb. If the leaf collection crews are in the preceding area, you may generally assume that the leaf collection crews will be in your area in one to three business days. For example, if the leaf collection crews are in Area 2 and you live in Area 3, you should be bringing your leaves to the parkway in anticipation of the collection.

Which day of the week is my area scheduled for leaf collection? Please be aware that there is no set schedule or a day of the week when your leaves will be picked-up during the Leaf Collection Program. Please visit the website to find out when the leaf collection crews are expected to be in your leaf collection area.

I saw the leaf collection crews in my area and/or street today. I then placed my leaves out at the parkway. Why didn't the leaf collection crews pick up my leaves? Generally, the leaf collection crews only collect leaves on a street once per pass. If the leaf collection crews were already collecting on your side of the street, they will not return until the next pass.

Who should I call for on-demand leaf pick-up? The leaf collection crews are unable to respond to requests for on-demand leaf pickups as this would program inefficiencies.

Does my landscaper coordinate with the leaf collection crews to know when to place out the leaves? No, landscapers generally do not coordinate with the leaf collection crews for leaf collection pickup. Residents who use a landscape contractor are urged to have the contractor remove leaves at the time their yard is serviced (this is often included).

What if I do not want to participate in the leaf collection program? Residents can place their leaves in a kraft paper yard waste bag with a yard waste sticker to be picked up by for the yard waste collection on Wednesdays. Yard waste stickers can be purchased at the Village Hall or at The Grand. Note that the Yard Waste Collection Program ends on December 15. (The last yard waste collection for 2020 will be Wednesday, December 9, 2020)

Additionally, residents who use a landscape contractor are urged to have the contractor remove leaves at the time their yard is serviced (this is often included).

Can I use my gasoline powered leaf blower during leaf collection season?
The use of gasoline powered leaf blowers is permitted from September 15 to December 15. Commercial landscape maintenance contractors may operate 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday to Friday and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Work is prohibited on Sundays and holidays.

Have questions or concerns?Contact Public Works at (847) 461-1115 with questions.