The city of Joliet has issued a reminder on disposal of leaves.

Residents are encouraged to use bags and containers to dispose of leaves and not to push them into the streets, which is an offense that can incur a fine, the city said in a news release.

Leaves are to be treated like other yard waste and placed in 30-gallon kraft paper bags or rigid containers no greater 32 gallons and clearly marked as yard waste. Free labels for yard waste are available at City Hall or Jewel Food Stores in Joliet.

"The presence of leaves in the street and on the parkway can close off catch basins and cause drainage problems, as well as increasing the chance of vehicular and pedestrian accidents on slippery leaf-covered streets," the news release said. "City street sweepers will not pass over or pick up large piles of leaves and will avoid them, resulting in uncleared streets."

Open burning of leaves also is prohibited.

More information about these topics can be found on the Roadways Division and Garbage & Recycling pages of the City website,

The last week for yard waste pick up is December 7-11.


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