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Posted on: November 25, 2020

Leaf Collection Will Continue into December

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Fall leaf collection will continue in Monona into the month of December for as long as the weather allows.  The City has been operating for several weeks now with only 2 of its 3 leaf collection trucks as we wait on parts for the third.  We apologize for the delay in leaf collection.  Our other 2 trucks are running all day, every day.   Please keep the following in mind:

  • The City has 3 leaf vacuum trucks which do not move at a fast pace due to the nature of what they’re doing. (between 1 and 3 miles per hour).
  • They collect an average of 265 truckloads of leaves each fall.
  • Each truckload then has to be taken to a site outside the city to be dumped, which takes time.
  • Depending on the amount of leaves that have dropped, it takes about 2 weeks for the trucks to make an entire circuit through the city.  That happens more quickly earlier in the season when there are fewer leaves, but when there are piles of leaves at most properties, it will likely take a full two weeks for a truck to return.  Residents who do not want to wait for the leaf truck can take them to the drop site at the Public Works Garage.
  • Leaf debris is a major source of pollution in our local waterways.  We ask residents to help reduce this by raking leaves to the curb but keeping them out of the streets.  The City also has our street sweeper out to assist in keeping our streets free of debris. Read more about keeping leaves out of our streets.
  • Monona has a lot of leaves!  But between our fall and spring collections, the program still only costs each household about $18 per year. 

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