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DeKalb city leaf pick-up begins Oct. 26

Fallen leaves lie on the forest floor during a rainstorm Monday afternoon at Merritt Prairie Forest Preserve in DeKalb.
Fallen leaves lie on the forest floor during a rainstorm Monday afternoon at Merritt Prairie Forest Preserve in DeKalb.

DeKALB – DeKalb’s loose leaf pick-up will begin later this month.

Collection will begin Oct. 26 and will continue through Dec. 4, weather-permitting, according to a news release. Leaves will be collected from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Residents should rake leaves into a narrow row, parallel to the backside of the curb. Vacuum trucks traveling curbside will pick up the leaves.

Leaf piles must be free of debris such as large tree branches and rocks and residents are asked to not place leaves in the street to help prevent street flooding.

The city is anticipating three to four leaf collection cycles, with crews beginning in the south half of DeKalb and working north to Lincoln Highway to the northern city limits. Residents are urged to make sure all leaves are raked to the curb by 7 a.m. Nov. 30 to ensure they are picked up by the final collection cycle.

There will be no leaf collection on Veterans Day, Nov. 11; Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26; and Nov. 27, in accordance with city office closures.

Lakeshore Recycling also will pick up leaves curbside on regularly scheduled garbage days. Leaves must be placed in biodegradable yard waste bags or open garbage cans.

For information, contact the city’s public works office at 815-748-2040.

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