Freeport, Illinois – Starting October 17th, the City of Freeport will begin curb-side leaf pickup. Leaf pickup will continue through November 25th. The City’s leaf pick-up program offers curb-side vacuuming of leaves street by street on a rotation basis throughout the City.
Following are resident guidelines for leaf pickup:
- Leaves must be placed in a continuous row at the curb line.
- Only leaves are accepted. No grass clippings, yard waste, sticks, brush, or trash are to be placed in the leaf pile. (These items can damage the collection equipment.)
- If such waste is placed curbside, city crews will refuse collection.
- Do not park vehicles on or immediately next to a leaf pile.
- Do not cover storm sewer grates with leaves.
Public Works Director, Tom Dole, noted that leaf pickup by city crews is a labor intensive task. It involves the collection and disposal of more than 100 tons of leaves on every street in Freeport. “Leaf pick-up involves almost of the Department’s resources during this 6 week period, stated Dole. We ask residents to bear with us because we can only collect leaves one block at a time. We also ask residents to work with us and not block storm drains or park vehicles immediately next to leaf piles. It just makes our job harder and inhibits collection”.
If residents have questions about collection days, they are encouraged to call the Public Works Department at (815) 235-8210. Leaf pickup information will also be posted on the City’s website at cityoffreeport.org.