Sheboygan DPW announces leaf collection program

SHEBOYGAN — In an effort to provide better service and improved efficiencies, the Department of Public Works has divided the City of Sheboygan into five sections for leaf collection.

Under the program, crews will concentrate their efforts within the assigned zone each day.

This program provides advance notice when DPW crews will be in their area. “The Department of Public Works will make every effort to remove leaves from the entire zone that day,” said Joel Kolste, Superintendent of Streets and Sanitation. “Nevertheless, this system will give the residents seven different times to rake and sweep the leaves within each zone this season.”

The leaf raking zones are basically opposite of the garbage collection schedule. Residents raking leaves will not have piles of leaves in the street to conflict with garbage collection.

Residents are encouraged to provide alternative ways to manage leaf piles. First, the city 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. These two suggestions will help reduce the huge volume of leaves from the street and prevent street flooding due to leaves entering the catch basins.

Beginning Monday, October 7 and continuing until Friday, November 22, residents are allowed to rake leaf piles into the street gutter for easier and faster pickup by DPW crews. Under normal conditions, the city ordinance prohibits the placement of debris or leaves in gutters, and this ordinance carries a fine. However, an exception is being made during this seven-week period and during this period only.

Residents are reminded to rake leaves away from the curb and storm water catch basins, creating space for water to flow properly and to prevent flooding. Please locate the leaf pile in areas clear of parked vehicles so as not to interfere with the pickup operation.