It's time to start raking your leaves to the curb! Pickup begins October 13th

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- City of Milwaukee residents may start raking leaves into the curb lanes starting Wednesday, October 1st.

City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) sanitation crews will begin collecting the leaves on Monday, October 13. Leaf collection will end on Wednesday, November 26th.

Leaves and brush, along with other yard waste, are banned from landfills and must not be placed in garbage or recycling carts. DPW collects leaves, brush and yard waste separately from garbage and composts it, which conserves natural resources while saving the city money. Residents are also encouraged to mulch leaves, and leave grass clippings on the lawn. This saves time and money, and adds nutrients to the soil.

Tips for a successful fall leaf collection:

    Sanitation staff collects an average of 15,000 tons of leaves each year between mid-October and the first
    week of December. Last year 15,250 tons of leaves were collected.

    By mid-October, all City of Milwaukee households of four or fewer units should receive a DPW Fall 2014
    newsletter in the mail. This newsletter includes important information on: