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Posted on: November 15, 2021

The Montgomery Leaf Collection Program Extended Through the Last Week of November

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Montgomery, IL – Due to the unseasonably warm fall, the Village of Montgomery Public Works Department has coordinated an extension of the Village Leaf Collection Program through the last week of November. 

Residents of Montgomery have three options for disposing of their leaves before the winter season.

  1. The Leaf Collection Program will continue Monday, November 15, 22, and 29. Residents can rake leaves no more than 5ft from the curb and not into the street for pick up by the Public Works Leaf Collection Truck. The crew will begin to pick up on Monday and continue until they have made one pass through the Village. As a reminder, leaves must be in place no later than 7A on Monday of collection week. The piles will be vacuumed up as the crews pass through the Village. Any leaves piled near an obstruction or obstructed by a parked vehicle will be skipped.
  2.  The Village refuse hauler, LRS Recycling, will provide bagged leaf pick up at no charge to residents on their regularly scheduled collection days the weeks of November 15-19, 22-27, and 29 through December 3. 
  3. For those who prefer not to rake or collect leaves, several online sources provide education on why mulching leaves with your lawnmower may be better than raking. Various websites share information on how to properly mulch leaves sharing multiple tips such as: set your mower to a height of three inches, cut pieces until they are about the size of a dime. It may require multiple passes through your yard to achieve the desired size for the leaves to decompose and fertilize your lawn correctly.

Please remember, leaf burning is prohibited by Village ordinance and not allowed at any time. Leaves that fall after the final week of pickup or are not appropriately collected and on time for Village disposal are the property owner's responsibility. The window of opportunity to collect the leaves from when the leaves fall to when winter weather begins is small. The Village Streets Team will quickly transition trucks and equipment from leave collection to snow removal to be prepared for snow clearing procedures. In addition to equipment transition, landfills and state-mandated leaf dumping sites close on or about December 1 annually, which halts municipal leaf programs earlier than preferred in years such as this, where unseasonable weather extends the time frame for leaf fall.  

To find out more about the Village of Montgomery leaf collection, visit montgomeryil.org/168/Leaf-Collection. 

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