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10/15/2013 5:52:00 AM
Rites of autumn: How you can get rid of your leaves

Tire mechanic Shane Reeves puts air in the tires of the city of La Salle’s old leaf vacuum trailer. On Oct. 8, the city council approved the purchase of a new leaf vacuum trailer.NewsTribune photo/Chris Yucus
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Tire mechanic Shane Reeves puts air in the tires of the city of La Salle’s old leaf vacuum trailer. On Oct. 8, the city council approved the purchase of a new leaf vacuum trailer.

NewsTribune photo/Chris Yucus
Rachel Stella
Media Editor

A year has passed since the open burning of leaves was banned in La Salle, but there are three options for residents to get rid of their fallen leaves this season.

Leaf collection by vacuum will begin Monday, Oct. 21, according to the mayor’s office. The leaf vacuum will collect leaves that are raked to the curb (not in the street) in Ward 1 (south of 11th Street and west of Joliet Street) Fridays, Ward 2 (south of 11th Street and east of Joliet Street) Thursdays, Ward 3 (north of 11th Street and west of St. Vincents Avenue) Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and Ward 4 (north of 11th Street and east of St. Vincent’s Avenue) Mondays.

La Salle residents also can put their leaves into yard waste bags. There is no limit on the number of bags, but each bag must be tagged with an approved sticker. Stickers are $2.25 and available (along with bags) at Illinois Valley Food and Deli, Save-a-Lot and Hy-Vee. (Herrcke Hardware has bags only.) Residents must contact garbage contractor Illinois Valley Waste at (866) 875-2293 to arrange yard waste bag pickup on Mondays.
Leaves also can be dropped off at the waste water treatment plant on Eagle Drive, Monday-Friday before 3:30 p.m.

The city banned the burning of leaves because “(it was) not a healthy thing for the general population,” according to Sam McNeilly, director and superintendent of public works.

“It’s nice to be able to go out for a walk without all the smog,” Mayor Jeff Grove said.
Since the ban went into effect in 2012, there have been 11 ordinance violations of trash or leaf burning, according to La Salle police.

Local leaf burning and collection policies elsewhere:
Peru: Leaf burning is permitted only between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. April 1 through May 31 and Oct. 1 through Nov. 30. Burning is prohibited Sunday and Monday. Fires must be at least 20 feet from any structure. No burning of leaves is allowed within 48 hours after any rainfall of more than one-half inch. Burning is allowed only on private property with the consent of the person in charge of that property and must be constantly attended by a competent person until the fire is extinguished. Peru’s police chief and fire chief may prohibit leaf burning when atmospheric conditions or other conditions at the location constitute a hazard or public nuisance. No leaf burning is allowed on asphalt or city sidewalks. Burning of any other material is prohibited.

Curbside leaf collection begins Monday, Oct. 21. Leaves are to be raked to the curb but not into the street. Keep leaf piles away from signs and telephone poles. Do not rake twigs, brush, branches or grass clippings in with leaves. Do not bag leaves or put in cans. Residents should keep parked cars off the street on their collection day.
Leaves will be collected Monday from Fourth Street north from the west side of Calhoun Street to west end city limits, Tuesday from Fourth Street north from the east side of Peoria Street to Route 251, Wednesday from the east side of Calhoun Street to the west side of Peoria Street, Thursday from the west side of Pulaski Street to Route 251 and Fourth Street south from the east side of Peoria Street to Route 251, and Friday from the east side of Pulaski Street to the east end city limits and Fourth Street south from the west side of Calhoun Street to the west end city limits.
Leaves can be disposed at the Peru landfill compost site on these Saturdays: Nov. 5, 12, 19 and 26. The site is on Ben Samek Road west of Route 251 and south of the Illinois River. The site is open 8-11 a.m. on the Saturdays listed. An attendant will be there to assist. All containers carrying leaves to the site must be removed.

Oglesby: The burning of yard debris is permitted Tuesday through Sunday, March 15 through Dec. 31. The city offers a leaf vacuum service in the fall. Yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, small branches, garden and flower debris) must be placed in compost bags and must have a city sticker placed on each bag for pickup. Stickers may be purchased for $1.50 each at city hall, John’s Service & Sales and Eureka Savings Bank. Yard waste is picked up Wednesday. Place yard waste on the berm by 6 a.m. Tuesday. Yard waste pickup starts the week of April 1 through Nov. 30. Pick-up is delayed by one day in the weeks with the following: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

-Spring Valley: Burning must be done on private property, and the person must remain present on the property when the waste is being burned and until burning is completely extinguished. The fire must be at least 20 feet from any existing structure located on either the private property or adjacent to the private property where the burning is occurring. The hours of burning are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. All burning must be completely extinguished by 4 p.m. Smoldering shall not be considered completely extinguished. Absolutely no burning on Mondays and on Saturdays if Hall High School has a home football game. No burning after any rainfall of more than one-half inch of rain. Biodegradable yard waste bags with city stickers ($1.50 each) will be picked up with the garbage through the end of October.

-DePue: Residents can burn leaves April 1-May 31 and Oct. 1-Nov. 30 noon-5 p.m. Leaves and yard waste can be taken to the pile by the city sheds in paper bags.

-Earlville: Leaf burning is allowed during daylight hours only. Leaves are not allowed in the street. Fires must be attended at all times. Fires must be completely extinguished by dusk.

Hennepin: Burning of leaves will be permitted 10 a.m.-dusk Sunday-Wednesday and Saturday. Burning of leaves is prohibited on Thursday and Friday. Fires must be extinguished by dusk. No burning is allowed within 24 hours following one-half inch of precipitation. Residents and business are prohibited from using burn barrels. Yard waste will be picked up in paper bags only.

Ladd: Outdoor burning of landscape waste is allowed 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. No burning is allowed on Sunday, except for leaf burning from Sept. 15 through Nov. 15. Leaf burning is not allowed on village manholes, streets, sidewalks, alleys or other paved areas. Any household wishing to utilize the yard waste collection must pay a $10 fee to Illinois Valley Waste Services by March 30 of each year. Any household that signs up by March 30 of each year and pays the $10 fee can place an unlimited amount of yard waste at the curb in biodegradable bags, May-November. Each bag must have a yard waste sticker attached. Small amounts of twigs and brush must be bundled 3 feet by 3 feet with a sticker attached. Yard waste stickers cost $2 per sticker and are available at the village clerk’s office.

Mendota: Yard waste can be burned Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Fires must be attended at all times, and fires are not allowed in the street. Leaf pick-up is available on the day after garbage collection. Rake leaves to the berm next to the curb; no sticks or other debris allowed. The city’s burn pit will take yard waste including limbs and branches. The burn pit is at the south end of Seventh Avenue. It’s open 3-6 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Ottawa: The city does not allow burning of any materials within city limits. Residents will have an opportunity to dispose of leaves at their curbsides in the coming weeks when the city’s leaf vacuum truck is running. Three Dumpsters available exclusively for yard waste will be available until winter at the city’s street department building in the 500 block of Jefferson Street.

Princeton: Leaves can be burned October-November from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. excluding Mondays and Fridays. Residents cannot burn any garbage, strictly yard waste. Fires must be attended by a person at all times. Fires cannot cause a public nuisance (smoke obstructing the road). Burning can be restricted by the fire chief based on weather. Burning must take place 25 feet from any structure or vehicle and must not occur on public property. Residents can purchase biodegradable bags or put leaves in a container of their choice (trash bin) with a yard waste sticker on it. Residents can get yard waste stickers from city hall. There is an area behind the recycling center where residents can take their leaves. It is open 24 hours and residents can dump leaves there without a bag or container.

Utica: Leaves may be burned Sept. 15-Dec. 15 and April 1-30, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Burning is prohibited on public rights of way (sidewalks, roadways, alleys and all paved areas of village property) without prior written approval of the board of trustees. Burning must take place at least 20 feet from any structure and must be attended until extinguished. Yard waste will be picked up on garbage day and must be in yard waste bags with a sticker. 

- Granville: Residents may burn yard waste produced on their property from sunup to sundown. There is no leaf collection program.

Dalzell: Residents may burn 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday in burn barrels or on the village berm (not in the street). Yard waste bags ($1.50) are picked up with garbage.

Tonica: Details were not available at presstime.

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

You can pat yourself on the back and tell all what a wonderful thing you have done.
You can do that if you wish, however a ride on the highways and byways and especially alleys one will see that your self praise is pretty much like the kings new cloths. they are a false thing. Burning goes on and even if one complains, that complaint is ignored. Police cars cruse past burn barrels and the smoke raising to the sky is seen with a blind eye.

So Jeff, don't dislocate your shoulder patting yourself on the back over a great job you did not do. Another in a long line of Jeff laws passed, not quite on a par with the moved handicap space in front of Uptown Grill but close.

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