City Leaf Collection
The City of Omro Department of Public Works will begin its fall curbside collection of loose leaves in mid-October. Residents are encouraged to complete raking by mid-November to avoid problems with freezing weather and snowfall. This material should be placed on the terrace (not in the street) and should not be co-mingled with brush. Bagged material or co-mingled material will not be picked up. Please pile loose leaves in an open area of terrace away from trees, posts and mailboxes if possible, to assist in speedy collection and to minimize damage to equipment.
Crews will collect loose leaves throughout the City by following a regular rotation. Depending on the volume of yard waste out for collection, each cycle may take 3-6 days. Street division crews make several cycles thru the city, with the total number of cycles through the city being weather dependent. Please rake downed leaves as soon as possible. Any leaves left along the roadway after the final cycle, are the responsibility of the property owner and subject to fines under Omro ordinances.
It is not possible to accurately tell residents the exact day their yard waste will be picked up, but once collection begins, you may contact the Department of Public Works at (920) 685-7020 between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday, to find out what area crews are working in and how they are progressing. Information is also available on the City’s website at www.omro-wi.com. You may also contact Omro City Hall at (920) 685-7000 for more information.
Residents are reminded that our Webster landfill will be open for leaf disposal on Saturdays from 8:00 A.M. - Noon until the 3rd Saturday in November.
A Green Alternative: Leave ‘em Lay!
Residents are reminded that raking leaves into the street increases pollution of storm water and may cause flooding by blocking drainage structures. Most importantly, piles of leaves in the street are a dangerous attraction to young children. As an alternative to raking leaves to the curb, residents are encouraged to try chopping up moderate amounts of leaves with a lawnmower. This can be done during normal lawn mowing. Just don’t allow the leaves to mat and make sure that ample grass shows through them. This will save you work and time, add nutrients to your lawn, reduce windblown leaves in your neighborhood and reduce the amount of labor and fuel the City needs to use for leaf collection. If you really like to rake, composting your leaves in a backyard garden is another environmentally friendly alternative, which will provide you with useful organic material next year.
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