'Systematic order:' Milwaukee DPW leaf collection underway

’Systematic order: ’ Milwaukee DPW leaf collection underway

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — With fall in full swing, leaf collection is now underway in Milwaukee.

Crews are working to keep up as more continue to fall and take up space on city streets.

For some residents, the piles may be bothersome, but Department of Public Works leaders say they are doing their best.

“We are in week two right now currently, we have approximately nine crews out,” DPW Sanitation Area Manager for Milwaukee’s North Side Jeffery Smith said. “As the season progresses and more leaves are dropping, we will increase anywhere from nine to 22 crews.”

From October 1 through November 15, residents are asked to rake leaves into the street. DPW asks for people to leave a one foot gap near the curb.

“I did see them come by this morning with one of their big trucks,” Milwaukee resident Nikki Rynders said. “We actually heard them when we looked out the window.”

Crews started collecting the leaves on October 18.

“If they rake it out, we’ll come get it,” Smith said. “Normally it’s done by routes and routes are done in a systematic order.”

That means it may take two or three days for your route to be cleared.

“I’m a dog walker, I’m out all of the time and there are areas that have big piles still,” Rynders said. “I hope that they get the piles up before the snow comes because I do have trouble parking with my profession and having to be at all different kinds of houses around the East Side."

DPW will continue collecting leaves until December or as long as weather permits.

You can check when the next leaf collection will be on your street on DPW’s website.

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