Collection season is mid-October to mid-December, based on leaf accumulation. Start and end dates may change, depending on what Mother Nature throws our way. Pick up will be on Wednesdays through mid December, and the Groundmaster team will come back on Thursdays to finish if weather or other factors prohibit completion on Wednesdays
To ensure the highest level of service for everyone and to protect the vendor’s equipment, please observe the following:
- Rake leaves to the curb or edge of your yard only, NOT into the street. While leaves left on the lawn may cause some discoloration of the grass, this is only temporary. Leaves raked into the street are likely to block storm drains, which may cause flooding – costing the Village money for remediation. Please be MP neighborly and keep your curb and street area free of this debris.
- Only leaves should be placed at the curb for pick-up. All other yard waste (brush, twigs, grass, or plant clippings) should be placed out for general trash collection. Foreign objects, especially rocks and stones, bricks, and other debris can cause severe damage to the truck’s vacuum system.
- Please do not park on the street during the collection period, especially if you live in a cul-de-sac. Collecting leaves from behind parked cars is difficult and inhibits efficient pick-up, and it is very difficult for the large truck to navigate our narrow streets, especially on the tight cul-de-sacs.
The Green Solution
Looking to dispose of your leaves in a more green, environmentally-friendly way? The October 2013 issue of the Villager has a comprehensive article by MPCA’s Green Team member Karen Cogley. She discusses the benefits of leaving some lie where they fall (adding nutrients back into your grass), starting a compost pile, or turning them into leaf mold.
Contact the Streets Committee Chair with any questions.