DeKalb curbside leaf collection begins

DeKALB – The city of DeKalb’s 2013 leaf collection program began Oct. 14. Vacuum trucks will pick up loose leaves from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Residents should rake leaves onto the parkway, behind the curb or gutter line (between the sidewalk and the street).

Do not rake leaves into the street. This causes storm sewer backups that lead to street flooding.

Leaves must be free of foreign material such as rocks or sticks.

Section 1 of the city is south of and including Lincoln Highway and Section 2 is north of Lincoln Highway. Crews will alternate between sections, spending one week at a time in each section. Pickup will continue through November, depending on weather.

Alternatively, leaves can be placed in open garbage cans or yard waste bags for curbside collection by Waste Management on regularly-scheduled garbage pickup days. Leaves in plastic bags will not be collected.

Residents can also dump their leaves and yard waste in landscape waste bins on North Seventh and Oak streets; Fire Station 2, 1154 S. Seventh St.; at the city gardens, 950 W. Dresser Road. Plastic bags are prohibited in the bins.

For more information, call 815-748-2040.

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