Milwaukee DPW to start picking up leaves October 8

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Residents in Milwaukee may now rake their leaves into the curb until Thursday, November 15. Actual collection of leaves in the city will start on Monday, October 8.

Leaves and brush, along with other yard waste, are banned from landfills and must not be placed in garbage or recycling carts. DPW collects leaves, brush and yard waste separately from garbage and composts it, which conserves natural resources while saving 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.

Residents are asked to keep the leaves away from storm drains and sewer grates and leave a one foot space away from the curb. The leaves should be on the grass next to the curb, not on the street. Plants, flowers, and other garden debris should be placed on top of the leaves. Pumpkins should not be put in the leaf pile and should be composted or put in the garbage.

Leaves should not be placed in plastic bags, but brown paper bags designed for yard waste are okay to use. 

Milwaukee DPW collects an average of 15,000 tons of leaves each year between mid-October and the first week of December.

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