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The annual six-week free leaf pick-up for Lombard residents is being moved one week later than originally scheduled, due to unseasonably warm weather and a projected late leaf fall.
The new pick up schedule will begin on Oct. 24 and will end on Dec. 2, and is one week later than previously announced in the Oct./Nov. issue of the Pride newsletter. An unlimited number of paper bags containing only leaves may be placed curbside on the normal waste collection day without need of stickers. Waste Management brings the leaves to farms for composting.
The other typical yard waste items will also be collected for this additional week. Cans and bags filled with grass, twigs, branches and plant materials must have stickers. Yard waste stickers are required on any cans and also for nonresidential properties. The stickers cost $1.94 each and are available at local stores and Village Hall.
Properly bundled brush does not require a sticker at any time of the year. Each bundle of brush must be securely tied and not exceed 6 feet in length, 18 inches in diameter, nor 50 pounds. Individual limbs and branches must be less than 6 inches in diameter.
Leaves must not be blown or raked into the streets since they can block the storm drains and also raise phosphorus levels in ponds and streams, thereby contributing to algae growth in warm weather. The same is true for grass clippings placed onto streets. Mulching leaves and grass into lawns provides useful nutrients with no harm off-site.
Visit www.villageoflombard.org/yardwaste for more information. Questions may be directed to the Village of Lombard’s Department of Public Works at email@example.com or 630-620-5740.