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DeKalb leaf collection underway

Public Works announces annual leaf collection program

DeKALB – The city’s annual leaf collection is underway.

Crews from the Public Works Department will work in sections and collect leaves by vacuuming one side of multiple streets first, and then circle back to do the other. Crews began on the south side of the city and will work their way north.

City officials are instructing residents to rake leaves into a narrow row which should be parallel to the curb, not in the street. Leaf piles must be free of rocks, sticks, and other debris.

Residents are cautioned to use off-street parking during the leaf collection. Additionally, any leaf piles blocked by parked cars will not be collected, and crews will not return until the next cycle.

Crews will operate from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in a weather-dependent window ending the week of Nov. 26, said Andy Raih, interim streets superintendent. No collections will be made after Nov. 30.

Public works also is encouraging residents to use Lakeshore Recycling Services curbside collection, which will pick up yard waste on their normal collection day and to consider mulching their leaves instead.

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