SHEBOYGAN — The City of Sheboygan Department of Public Works is gearing up to pick-up leafs from the city streets.
Beginning Monday, October 15, 2018, and continuing through Friday, November 30th, residents in the City of Sheboygan are allowed to rake leaf piles into the street gutter for easier and faster pickup by Public Works crews. Under normal conditions, the City ordinance prohibits the placement of debris or leaves in gutters, and this ordinance carries a fine. However, an exception is made during this period only.
In an effort to provide better service and improved efficiencies, the Department of Public Works has divided the City into five sections for leaf collection (one zone for each day of the week). Under this program, the DPW crews will concentrate their efforts within the assigned zone each day. This program provides advance notice when the DPW crews will be in a specific area. “The Department will make every effort to remove leaves from the entire zone that day,” according to Jason Blasiola, Superintendent of Streets and Sanitation. “Nevertheless, this system will give the residents six different times to rake and sweep the leaves within each zone this season.”
Residents are encouraged to provide alternative ways to manage leaf piles. First, the City of Sheboygan asks residents to mulch their leaves into the lawn while cutting the grass. The mulched leaves provide a natural fertilizer for the lawn. Second, residents are encouraged to bag their leaves and bring them to the drop-off site. These two suggestions will help reduce the huge volume of leaves from the streets and prevent street flooding due to leaves entering the catch basins.
Residents are reminded to rake leaves away from the curb, creating space for water to flow properly, and any storm water catch basins to prevent flooding. Please locate the leaf pile in areas clear of parked vehicles so as not to interfere with the pickup operation. Also do not mix branches, sod, and general yard waste with the leaves as these items will clog the equipment.
Leaves collected by residents can be brought to the Residential Recycling Center between the hours of 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday.
“The City asks for your cooperation to adopt a corner and keep it clear of weeds and leaves,” said Blasiola. “This will help prevent street flooding during fall rains.”