City of Milwaukee residents may rake leaves into street Oct. 1-Nov. 15

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- City of Milwaukee residents may begin raking their leaves into the curb from now until Nov. 15.

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works says they will begin collecting leaves on Oct. 18 and provided the following tips for fall leaf collection:

  • Rake leaves loose into the curb lane. Leave a 1-foot gap between the leaves and the curb. This gap helps ensure the equipment can collect all of the leaves and protects the equipment from being damaged and helps prevent flooding by allowing storm water to move to the storm drains.
  • Keep piles away from sewer grates, storm drains and low hanging trees.
  • Include yard debris such as flowers, garden trimmings and weeds on top of leaf piles.
  • Do not include grass clippings, pumpkins, litter or bagged material.
  • Do not put brush in the leaf piles. Keep brush separate and located between the curb and sidewalk. Call 286-CITY or request a brush collection online.
  • After the collection deadline, take your leaves and yard debris to the Drop Off Centers up to 6 cubic yards without fees.

Leaves and brush, along with other yard waste, are banned from landfills and must not be placed in garbage or recycling carts.

Residents are also encouraged to mulch leaves on their lawns or compost on site. 

For more information, including how to find your leaf collection schedule, call (414) 286-CITY (-2489) or visit the DPW website at

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