Got leaves? DPW Sanitation crews collecting fall leaves through November 25th

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MILWAUKEE — Get ready to dust off those rakes because it’s that time of year again — Milwaukee residents can now rake their leaves into the street through Wednesday, November 25th.

The Department of Public Works Sanitation crews have already started fall leave collection operations for the 2015 season.

According the to DPW, leaves and brush, along with other yard waste, are banned from landfills and must not be placed in garbage or recycling carts.

DPW will collect leaves, brush and yard waste separately from garbage and composts it — which conserves natural resources while save the city money.

Residents are also encouraged to mulch leaves, and leave grass clippings on the lawn. This saves time and money, and adds nutrients to the soil.

DPW’s tips for a successful leaf collection:

  • Keep leaves away from storm drains in the streets
  • Keep piles away from sewer grates
  • Place garden debris on top of leaf piles
  • Do not put leaves in plastic bags
  • Do not put leaves in garbage carts
  • Do not put brush into the street — call 286-CITY (2489) through November for pickup

Sanitation staff collects an average of 15,0000 tons of leaves each year between mid-October and the first week of December. Last year, 15,360 tons of leaves were collected.

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