Beginning Monday, October 3rd, 2022, and continuing through to the third week of December, the Village's Highway Department will be collecting curbside leaves. The Village's goal is to provide leaf collection service with a maximum of three (3) weeks between collections at peak periods (weather depending). During the 12-to-13-week program season, highway department employees travel each street of the Village and collect leaves placed curbside.
For equipment to be efficient, leaf piles must be placed in a windrow along the curb line, NOT in the roadway. Please advise your contractors not to create mounds of leaves at the curb or in the road, create long windrows.
The Village highway department methodically collects leaves according to a route system that essentially divides the Villages into thirds using the major roadways and balancing the historic leaf volume between neighborhoods. A team consisting of three to four employees with leaf collection equipment covering each route. Employees will not reroute trucks for any reason; the Village tracks the daily leaf collection street by street and monitors progress against the program goal. Residents can find such information on the Village's website at a later date.
A successful leaf collection program requires the cooperation of Village residents, and the lawn care professional’s residents may employ. Branches, sticks, and other lawn debris, including stones, used planting pots, toys, broken lawn furniture, fence posts, and other non-leafy material, must be kept out of the piles. These materials can get drawn into the leaf equipment, which can cause serious injury to the workers and require costly repair to the equipment. Contaminants within and on top of leaf piles only slow down collection for you and your neighbors.
Residents are required to comply with the following:
- Leaves must be placed in a tight row, a maximum of 4 feet wide, along the center of the curb line. Rows shall not extend further than 2 feet into any roadway.
- Leaf rows must be free of branches, logs, rocks, grass, plastics, and other yard debris.
- DO NOT place piles of leaves in the street. It is unsafe for motorists and slows down leaf removal. Violations and or summonses WILL be issued as a result.
- Any questions: Please view the web page on “The Right and Wrong to Pile Leaves” located on the Village website.
If leaf piles contain significant amounts of contaminants, they will not be removed until all non-organic debris and branches have been removed. Employees will not remove leaves placed in plastic bags. Residents should review the village website periodically, which the Village will update with new information once leaf season begins.
Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Village staff at 914 – 939 - 0753
Michal J. Nowak
Superintendent of Public Works