Start of the Fall Leaf Collection Program

Categories: Garbage & Recycling, Streets & Sanitation, City Projects

Beginning Monday, October 9, 2023, and continuing through Friday, November 17, 2023, City residents are allowed to rake leaf piles into the street gutter for easier and faster pickup by City crews. Under normal conditions, the City ordinance prohibits the placement of debris or leaves in gutters. However, an exception is being made during this six-week period and only during this time period.

To provide better service and improved efficiencies, the Department of Public Works has divided the City into five sections for leaf collection (one zone for each day of the week). Under this program, the DPW crews will concentrate their efforts within the assigned zone each day.

This program provides advance notice when the DPW crews will be in a specific area. The Department will make every effort to remove leaves from the entire zone that day but when leaf fall is heavy, it is possible that the collection crews may need to finish the zone the following day.

To alleviate the large volume of leaves on the street and help prevent street flooding, residents are encouraged to utilize alternative ways to manage leaf piles. First, the City of Sheboygan asks residents to mulch their leaves into the lawn while cutting the grass. The mulched leaves provide a natural fertilizer for the lawn. Second, residents are encouraged to bag their leaves and bring them to the drop-off site.

Residents are reminded to rake leaves away from the curb, creating space for water to flow properly, and any stormwater catch basins to prevent flooding. Please locate the leaf pile in areas clear of parked vehicles so as not to interfere with the pickup operation. Also, do not mix branches, sod, pumpkins or general yard waste with the leaves as these items will clog the equipment. Please do not drive over or park on leaf piles.

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