City reminds residents of guidelines for yard waste, leaf disposal

The city of Joliet is reminding residents of its yard waste and leaf disposal guidelines, which require all yard waste and leaves to be placed in rigid containers no larger than 32 gallons in size.

Leaves and yard waste are collected by Waste Management at the same time and location as residents’ refuse and recycling disposal. Clearly marked designated yard waste containers that are visible from the street must be used. Free yard waste labels are available at Joliet City Hall and Jewel Foods, according to the city. In addition to approved containers, residents may place their leaves in 30-gallon paper yard waste bags.

The city said residents may also rent or purchase a 96-gallon cart from Waste Management, which must clearly be identified with the “Yard Waste Only” labels. Once the cart has been identified as a yard waste cart, it may only be used for landscape-type waste during the yard waste season. Carts may be obtained by calling Waste Management Customer Service at 815-280-7854.

Yard waste is collected from March 30 through Dec. 4. Qualified materials consist of grass and shrubbery cuttings, leaves, tree limbs, and other materials accumulated from shrubbery, vine, lawn and tree care.

Residents must bind brush, tree limbs and branches in bundles not exceeding 4 feet in length. These bundles must not exceed 50 pounds and any single piece of the bundle may not exceed three inches in diameter. Unbundled brush will not be collected.

The city encourages residents to use fallen leaves as mulch and to protect plants over the winter months or consider individual composting on-site as alternative methods of disposing of leaves.

Placing leaves and branches on curbs, sidewalks, parkway or streets is prohibited by city ordinance, and this improperly placed waste will not be picked up by the city or its waste disposal contractor. The city said continued violation could subject the homeowner to a fine of $150 or more. The city also prohibits burning leaves.

When leaves have been raked into the street, street sweepers are unable to pick up those leaves because they could be hiding debris that could cause damage to the mechanical equipment.  Additionally, leaves left in the street and on the parkway could close off the drainage openings and create flooding problems, as well as increase the chance of vehicular and pedestrian accidents due to slippery surfaces.

For residents who are unable or those who prefer not bagging their own yard waste, local landscaping companies can facilitate leaf pick up, raking and disposal services. According to the city, the average cost of these services ranges from $75 to $100 for simple leaf disposal and up to $150 per yard to rake and dispose of leaves. Residents raking their own leaves or those who hire an outside company to dispose of them must rake leaves into piles on their own property. 

For additional questions on the Joliet’s yard waste disposal procedures, contact the Roadways Division at 815-724-3650 or visit www.cityofjoliet.info and click on “Garbage and Recycling” under the “Residents” tab. The city of Joliet is reminding residents of its yard waste and leaf disposal guidelines, which require all yard waste and leaves to be placed in rigid containers no larger than 32 gallons in size.

Leaves and yard waste are collected by Waste Management at the same time and location as residents’ refuse and recycling disposal. Clearly marked designated yard waste containers that are visible from the street must be used. Free yard waste labels are available at Joliet City Hall and Jewel Foods, according to the city.

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