Freeport’s Fall Leaf Pickup Begins October 17, 2016

Freeport, Illinois – Fall is such a wonderful time of the year. It is also a time when leaves in our yards begin to collect.

This year the Public Works Department will pick up leaves beginning October 17, 2016 and will continue through mid November — weather permitting.

The Public Works Department asks that leaves be raked to the curb no later than November 16th in order to allow the crews to complete leaf pick up prior to converting trucks for snow removal.

  • Leaves must be placed in a continuous row at the curb line;
  • Only leaves are accepted. Please do not place any grass clippings, yard waste, sticks, brush, or trash in the leaf pile. These items can damage the collection equipment;
  • Please do not park your car on a leaf pile;
  • Please do not cover the storm sewer grate with leaves.

The fall leaf collection program is designed to prevent storm sewer backup and reduce accidents due to slippery pavements.

Historically, the program was put in place to remove the leaves that had fallen from City trees along the parkways only. However, past and current administrations have allowed residents of the City to place leaves from trees on private property at the curb for removal also.

With stricter EPA requirements, this practice may end in the near future, the city says.

Weather events of the current season dictate the start of the pick up and the program ends after the first snow fall occurs that requires plowing. All leaves that remain on the street after the first plowable snow fall are the responsibility of the resident.

The City of Freeport does not pick up leaves or grass clippings in the spring or summer months.

Residents are advised to place leaves at the curb so vacuums can reach the pile. No sticks, grass clippings, yard waste, trash or any other debris may be mixed in the pile. Items other than leaves will damage the equipment and your pile will be avoided. Please see landscape waste information below for other service options.

Landscape Waste Program through Moring Disposal is available beginning in April and continues through the middle of November weather permitting.

If you have questions, please call the Public Works Department at (815) 235-8210

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