Fall is here, and one of the prettiest parts of the season can also be the most messy: Fallen leaves. The City of Rockford Public Works Department says that they are reminding residents of proper leaf disposal procedures and opportunities.
The department says property owners can not dispose of leaves in streets, basins, rivers, creeks, drainageways or ditches, and residents are responsible for any blockages, from leaves or otherwise, in storm inlets adjacent to their property.
Residents can dispose of yard waste through their normal garbage pick-up day, provided the waste is properly bagged or otherwise contained. Public Works says containers must be 30 to 40 gallon biodegradable 2-ply paper bags or standard garbage cans of 32 gallons or less marked with a bold "X" on the side facing the street. However, yard waste can not be mixed with regular garbage in containers.
Branches less than 4 inches in diameter can be bundled with string or twine to be picked up through garbage collectors. Burning of leaves and other yard waste is illegal in the city of Rockford.
For more information on proper disposal of yard waste, please call the City of Rockford Public Works Department at 779-348-7175.