The leaves have taken on a vibrant hue, and some have begun falling.
Residents can set their bagged leaves at the curbside, and MDC Environmental Service will whisk them away from today, Monday, Oct. 1 through Friday, Dec. 14, according to the city of Crystal Lake.
MDC crews will collect bagged leaves placed at the curbside in front of all residents’ homes along public streets. The bags must be placed on the parkway before 7 a.m. on the normal trash collection day. The Leaf Pick-Up Program is being offered at no additional fee.
Leaves must be packed in biodegradable paper bags in order to be collected. Paper leaf bags are available at local grocery and hardware stores. Neither the city, nor MDC provides leaf bags.
There is a 50 pound maximum per bag. Wet leaves add to the weight of the bag. Leaves placed in other containers such as plastic bags, garbage cans, boxes, or in bags too large for one person to handle cannot be accepted.
Questions regarding the Leaf Pick-Up Program can be directed to MDC Environmental Services at 815-568-7274, or the Crystal Lake Streets Division at 815-356-3700 ext. 4019.