Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 9:19am

The new yard waste schedule begins October 11, 2020

The Streets Division will be using a brand new leaf collection schedule for the fall of 2020.

Madison residents will have assigned days when you should set leaves to the curb for collection.

The new system will begin the week of October 11, 2020.

The yard waste collection schedule to learn when to set out your leaves will be available by October 1, 2020 on the Streets Division’s website.

All Collection Rules Remain the Same
Do not place yard waste into the street.

Placing yard waste into the street creates a nutrient-rich runoff that goes into the storm drains that lead to our lakes, causing algae blooms other problems. Protect our lakes, and keep our streets leaf-free.

When the collection season is underway, you can pile leaves and yard waste loose on the terrace, or place the material into bags.

If bagging yard waste, compostable paper leaf bags are preferred. All bags should be kept open at the top so crews can identify what is inside.

More information about how to set leaves out for pickup can be found on the Streets Division’s website.

Drop-off Sites Hours Remain Limited – Expect Lines for Entry
The drop-off sites at 1501 W. Badger Rd, 4602 Sycamore Ave, and 402 South Point Rd are open to accept yard waste. The sites are open 7:30am to 2:50pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturdays.

The number of vehicles allowed into the unloading area at the sites is limited to help social distancing and the overall safety of the facilities.

Due to the limited hours and restrictions on the number of people unloading at a single time, you are likely to encounter a long line when trying to unload material at the drop-off sites – so please remember to pack your patience along with the materials you need to recycle or dispose.

Visit the Streets Division’s website for more information about the drop-off sites.

Why was the leaf collection system changed?
Due to the budget hole caused by the pandemic, the Streets Division was unable to hire the usual number of seasonal employees. This is also why the drop-off site hours have been reduced this year.

Fewer employees will mean crews collecting leaves will be smaller. Smaller crews means collection speed will be slower. And slower collection means fewer opportunities to have leaves picked up at the curb. Crews will also need to be sure to practice social distancing while pulling leaves from the terraces, which is also likely to slow crews down.

The new schedule is an effort to deploy personnel strategically and provide residents with the exact date when to set their leaves out for pickup so no one misses their curbside collection opportunities.

Additional Information
For additional information regarding yard waste collection or other Streets Division services, please visit our website, www.cityofmadison.com/streets.
 

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