City workers in DeKalb and Sycamore will give area residents a helping hand with cleaning up the leaves in the coming weeks.
Both cities are running leaf collection programs, with vehicles collecting loose leaves from curbsides. In DeKalb, the leaf collection program will begin Monday and run from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Nov. 1. Sycamore’s leaf pickup program will start Oct. 21 and end Nov. 27.
DeKalb’s leaf collection schedule divides the city in two: The area south of Lincoln Highway and north of Lincoln Highway. Next week, both sections will have leaf pickups. The area south of Lincoln will have leaves picked up again the week of Oct. 21 and the area north of Lincoln will have leaves picked up the week of Oct. 28.
The leaf collection schedule is subject to weather conditions and crews will alternate sections through November.
Sycamore will be divided into two sections, and city workers will pick up leaves alternating weekly between each section. The first section includes the south and central part of the city, an area outlined by Bethany Road, South Cross Street and State Street. Section two includes the area west of South Cross and the northern part of Sycamore.
Officials from both cities recommend residents rake their leaves to the edge of the curb – not into the street – for pickup. Residents should also try not to have vehicles in the way of the leaves and to make sure the piles are free of sticks, grass clippings, animal waste and other debris that can clog vacuum tubes.
Leaves should not be raked near storm sewers, catch basins, culvert pipes or ditches to help prevent flooding.
For more information on each city’s leaf collection programs, contact the Sycamore Public Works Department at 815-895-3545 or the DeKalb Operations Division at 815-748-2040.