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DeKalb city leaf pickup 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 public works officials announced Monday loose leaf pickup begins later this month.

City officials wrote in a Monday news release that collection begins Oct. 26 and will continue through Dec. 4, weather permitting. Leaves are collected from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Public works officials wrote 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, per city officials, and residents are requested 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.

All dates are subject to change based on weather conditions, particularly snowfall events, and other factors beyond the control of the city. 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. However, per city officials, 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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