2018 Leaf Disposal Options

The City of Sandwich has announced that loose leaf vacuuming will begin the week of October 29th and continue through the week of Novenber 30th.  City crews will come through the entire City once per week and vacuum leaves that have been raked to the parkway as close to the curb or street as possible. The City of Sandwich is doing the loose leaf vacuuming in conjunction with the bagged leaf pickup that has been offered for several years.

To take advantage of this convenient service, rake loose leaves (no grass or other landscaping materials) to the parkway as close to the curb or street as possible. City crews will vacuum the leaves once a week, weather permitting.  Keep the area in front of leaf piles clear, as they will not be picked up if crews can’t reach them.

Leaves will be vacuumed in each ward one day per week. The leaf piles shall be in place prior to 7:00 a.m. on the scheduled day for your area.  The schedule is as follows.

•    Monday - Ward 1

•    Tuesday - Ward 2

•    Wednesday - Ward 3

•    Thursday - Ward 4 

Due to the shortened Thanksgiving week, the leaves in all four wards shall be ready for pickup on Monday, November 19th by 7:00 am.  The City crew only intends to make one pass in front of a property during the shortened Thanksgiving week. 

Last year's program was a success thanks in part to residents adhering to the following guidelines: 

•    Leaves shall be loose (not bagged) and placed as close to the street as possible.

•    Leaves shall NOT be placed on sidewalks, in gravel areas, or in the street.

•    No other materials shall be placed in the leaf pile, including grass, branches, landscape waste, etc.

•    Please do not park cars in front of leaf piles. If crews can’t get to the leaf pile, the leaves will not be picked up.

•    Please place garbage cans so they do not interfere with the leaf vacuuming during pickup.

•    Please contact Sandwich City Hall (815) 786-9321 with any questions

The City of Sandwich has also announced that the bagged leaf pickup program will begin the week of October 29th.  This program will require residents to bag their leaves in a paper lawn and leaf bag and leave it curbside, much in the way you would your trash.  Community Disposal will pick up the bagged leaves after they do their normal City garbage route.  The pickup schedule is as follows:

•    Monday – Everything south of the railroad tracks including Dutch Acres.

•    Tuesday – Everything north of the railroad tracks and west of Main Street including Edgebrook.

•    Wednesday – Everything north of the railroad tracks between Main Street and Elm Street including Arnold Road to Latham Street and all of E. Pleasant Road, E. Knights Road and Bender Street.

•    Thursday – Everything north of the railroad tracks and east of Elm Street.

Both the loose leaf vacuuming program and the bagged leaf pickup program are offered as alternatives to leaf burning.  Leaf burning is allowed within the City limits, but the leaf burning ordinance will be strictly enforced by the Sandwich Police Department should residents burn the leaves outside of the ordinance restrictions.  City ordinance requires that you may only burn limited amounts of paper, cardboard, dry leaves or other combustible material in a wire mesh burner as long as the material is dry and does not create an offensive odor, nuisance or fire hazard due to location or wind.  Dry leaves may also be burned on a driveway, garden area, or other open area.  A responsible adult person must be present and attend the fire at all times until fully extinguished.  The hours of burning are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  It is unlawful to burn wet cardboard or paper, rags, feathers, wet or green leaves, green weeds or grass at any time.  The burning of any material which emits an offensive odor when burned is unlawful.  It is unlawful to burn any material on any of the public streets, pavements, curbing, sidewalks, parkways or alleys in the City.  The program will run approximately a month or so.  No leaves containing branches, brush, grass clippings, animal waste or other debris will be picked up.  Please contact Sandwich City Hall (815) 786-9321 with any questions.

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