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Lombard’s annual six-week free leaf pick-up for residents begins Monday, Oct. 23 and will end Friday, Dec. 1.
During this time, an unlimited amount of paper bags containing only leaves may be placed at a resident’s own curbside, on their normal Waste Management collection day, without need of stickers.
Yard waste stickers are required on any cans and also for nonresidential properties. Stickers cost $1.97 each and are available at local stores and Village Hall. Cans and bags filled with grass, twigs, branches and plant materials must have stickers. Yard waste stickers are required on any cans and also for nonresidential properties. Lombard’s free leaf collection program schedule was adjusted in 2016 to occur later in the year, in order to better accommodate leaf fall and available yard work time over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Waste Management collects the leaves and delivers them to local farms for composting.
Properly bundled brush does not require a sticker at any time of the year. Each bundle of brush must be securely tied and not exceed 6 feet in length, 18 inches in diameter, nor 50 pounds. Individual limbs and branches must be less than 6 inches in diameter.
Leaves must not be blown or raked into the streets since they can block the storm drains and also raise phosphorus levels in ponds and streams, thereby contributing to algae growth in warm weather. The same is true for grass clippings placed onto streets. Mulching leaves and grass into lawns provides useful nutrients with no harm off-site.
Visit www.villageoflombard.org/yardwaste for more information. Questions may be directed to the Village of Lombard’s Department of Public Works at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630)620-5740.