Weather permitting, the City of Salem leaf collection service will begin on Monday, October 16, 2017 and run through mid-December. The program provides residents with an alternate way to dispose of their leaves. Residents who do not mulch or bag their leaves may rake leaves in rows next to the curb in front of their residence. City crews will collect loose leaves from the curbside. Do not rake leaves into drainage areas, sewer inlets, ditches or in front of fire hydrants. Do not rake twigs, branches, sticks, rocks, bottles or garden debris with the
leaves; such items cause the equipment to breakdown and will be left for the resident to sort before collection. Avoid parking your car in front of a leaf pile.
The Public Works Department makes every effort to complete one cycle through town each week on your regular trash day. Due to the volume of leaves being collected, weather uncertainties, and holidays, it is impossible for the City to guarantee leaf collection on a specific day. Anytime during the year, residents can place their leaves in a biodegradable yard waste bag for pickup on their normal yard waste collection day.
John W. Pruden
City of Salem, IL.
Public Works Director