Leaf Collection

Plastic Compost BinEach year, the Department of Public Works picks up fallen leaves during the autumn season. But now is the time to consider "going green" with leaf disposal. Using a mulching mower or composting your leaves instead of having them hauled away will save both truck fuel, air quality, and landfill space. There is nothing better than using composted leaves for mulching in your garden areas. Check the Internet for more information for mulching and composting ideas.

But if you choose to participate in the curbside leaf collection program, here’s want you need to know. Curbside leaf pick-up has two scheduled pick-ups for each resident, one in October and one in November. Each year, the Fall Palatine Newsletter will be delivered before leaf collection starts. In the newsletter is a map and schedule to help determine which pick-up section your home is in, or you can check the "Leaf Collection Look Up Map."

We May Start Early

There may be times when the quantity of leaves in one area is so heavy that the leaf collection crews will start early in that area in order to get a head start on picking up the leaves. When this is the case, crews will always return to your area on the regularly scheduled pick-up day, even if some of the leaves on your street were picked up a day or two ahead of schedule.

Sometimes We Get Behind

There may also be times when the crews get behind schedule due to weather, equipment problems, or the amount of leaves, but be assured we will be there. Your patience is appreciated. Street sweeping is part of the leaf collection process. Since the street sweeper moves at a slower pace than the leaf machines, street clean-up will often take longer than the pick-ups.

Leave Collection is a Two-Step ProcessLeaf Pile

First the leaves are picked up and removed by crews operating the leaf machines. Second, the street sweeper does a final clean-up of any remaining leaf debris. Since the street sweeper moves at a slower pace than the leaf machines, street clean-up will take longer than the pick-ups.

What Happens if it Snows

In case of snow prior to the final leaf collection, leaves raked to the curb for collection would most likely be plowed onto the parkway along with the snow. Depending on the weather, every attempt will be made to collect leaves remaining or that have been raked back into the street. An early snowfall seriously hampers our leaf collection efforts because the same trucks that are used to pick up leaves are needed to plow the streets.

Call the Department of Public Works at 847-705-5200 with any questions.