Even though the temperature hadn't really started falling, the leaves are, and the city, as usual, is ready to help residents pick them up.

Waukesha's annual leaf collection service began this week and will run through Dec. 9, according to a new release from the city's department of public works. The schedule involves three rounds of collections, so those who were caught off-guard by the first of the collections this week will have two more opportunities, weather permitting, this fall.

Residents should keep a few things in mind when preparing for collection day.

  • The department of public works' three scheduled pickups are broken down by aldermanic district, so the dates for each round vary. Anyone who is unsure what district they live in can find out by checking the district map at bit.ly/2dn9Iat.
  • The first pickup dates began this week with Districts 1 and 3 on Oct. 17, Districts 12 and 14 on Oct. 18, Districts 5 and 15 on Oct. 19, District 8 on Oct. 20 and District 13 on Oct. 21. A full schedule of the pickup dates is available online.
  • Residents should rake the leaves to the sidewalk terrace (the area between the sidewalk and the street) in front of their homes by 7 a.m. on the day of the pickup.

The city's recycling center, 750 Sentry Drive, will also accept leaves at no charge to residents from Oct. 19 through Dec. 10.

The hours for the center include 1 to 6 p.m. Mondays from Oct. 24 through Nov. 28 (only leaves will be accepted on Mondays); 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 30 (leaves and other items are accepted on this day); and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays (leaves and other items are accepted on Saturdays).

According to city ordinances, raking leaves into the gutter and burning leaves and other materials are prohibited.

For more information, visit the city's website at www.ci.waukesha.wi.us or call (262) 524-3600.

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