Kick Your Leaves to the Trash, Not the Curb

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Got leaves? Credit: Patty Wetli

Oh, silly humans, the maples and oaks are thinking. Wearing your shorts and flip-flops like it’s still July, deluding yourselves into believing that global warming will finally live it up to its name. We know better.

Yep, there’s no fooling trees, who swapped out their summer wardrobe for fall colors weeks ago and have been dropping leaves like Roy Williams. Far be it from us to incite a leaf blower vs. rake debate (OK, we will: Team Rake!), but we do have some advice regarding what to do with the leaves however you choose to corral them.

A reminder from the office of 47th Ward Ald. Ameya Pawar: Keep the leaves out of the street. Streets & Sanitation doesn’t vacuum up leaves; any debris piled curbside will only jam or break street sweepers. Instead, leaves should be bagged and tossed into the trash.

In addition to littering your lawn, leaves also have a habit of clogging sewer grates and drains; we all know what that means when it rains and stepping off a curb requires hip waders. Help prevent street flooding by clearing leaves from grates and drains, and be sure to remind yourself that it beats shoveling.








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  • http://twitter.com/BuddhaCat2010 David

    You must be joking. Almost everyone on my block (and in the general area) uses leaf blowers and they blow leaves right into the streets. And that’s as far as I’m going to snitch on them. I hate leaf blowers with all my might. I’ll just sit back at laugh at everyone who LOVES them, too. You get what you give.

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