St. Charles leaf collection program to begin this month

Will start Oct. 28 for residents on the east side of the Fox River and Nov. 3 for the west side

ST. CHARLES – The city of St. Charles leaf collection program will start Oct. 28 for residents on the east side of the Fox River and Nov. 3 for the west side.

The city’s contractor, Kramer Tree Services, will complete three collection cycles on each side of the city. Residents may continue to rake leaves to the parkway through November, until the third collection has been completed for their area.

The program is anticipated to wrap up Nov. 30. Because of unpredictable weather and the timing of dropping leaves, the city offers an additional way to dispose of leaves once the program ends.

From Dec. 1 to Dec. 22, Lakeshore Recycling Services, the city’s refuse contractor, will provide free bagged leaf and yard waste collection on regular refuse collection days.

Residents should rake leaves in a row parallel to the street at least 1’ back from the curb and off the sidewalk and have leaves on the parkway by 6:30 a.m. to be included in the pick up.

Raking leaves into the street or curb/gutter can clog storm sewers and cause flooding. Leaf piles will not kill grass, although they may discolor it.
 
More information is available by going to the city's website at stcharlesil.gov or call the Public Works Department at 630-377-4405 or Kramer Tree Services at 630-293-5444.