We ask for your patience as city crews continue to collect leaves in neighborhoods across South Milwaukee.
Three leaf crews will be working overtime this Saturday and next Saturday — in addition to normal weekday hours — to get as many leaves picked up as possible. We expect this work to be complete by Saturday, Nov. 29, weather permitting.
A few additional notes:
- If residents have already placed leaves in the curb, and city crews have picked them up, please do not put additional leaves out. It is unlikely crews will return for a second pickup.
- Once we make the final sweep, any leaves not picked up will have to be bagged and brought to the self-deposit station by the property owner.
- Keep in mind that we cannot pick up leaves if cars are parked over the piles or tight up to the piles.
As crews continue to make their way through the city, we continue to ask that residents put away their rakes and mulch their leaves when and where possible. While the city will continue to do leaf collection, mulching is a better option for a number of reasons, including for the environment.
Learn more in the online letter I sent to residents this fall here.
(Note: Since I wrote this, we have found an alternative disposal site for our leaves: a facility in Caledonia. But the issues with the collection program remain remain the same.)
Going forward, into 2015 and beyond, we will be stepping up our communication efforts around the benefits of mulching. We’ll also continue to look for ways to deliver our leaf collection service more efficiently and cost effectively.
We appreciate your understanding.