Res­i­dents ask to clear leaves

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Chatham-Kent’s pub­lic works depart­ment is ask­ing res­i­dents to help keep streets, side­walks and catch basins clear of fallen leaves.

“The po­ten­tial for street flood­ing is greatly in­creased when catch basins are clogged with leaves and de­bris,” stated a me­dia re­lease is­sued Fri­day.

Res­i­dents are also re­minded that Mu­nic­i­pal By­law 117-2018 pro­hibits the sweep­ing or de­posit­ing of leaves along the gut­ter of the street or in the road­way.

“Please be sure to rake leaves away from catch basins near your house or busi­ness,” pub­lic works asked.

• When­ever pos­si­ble, mow over the leaves to cre­ate mulch. This greatly re­duces the amount of fallen leaves to clean up and helps fer­til­ize the lawn at the same time. Please do not blow or dis­pose of leaves on the mu­nic­i­pal right-of-ways, as this can cause haz­ardous traf­fic con­di­tions;

• Leaves and yard waste may be dis­posed of in plas­tic bags and set out with the reg­u­lar trash for pick up. Th­ese bags will count to­wards the three-bag limit;

• The mu­nic­i­pal­ity owns and op­er­ates nine leaf and yard de­pots across Chatham-Kent. Th­ese sites ac­cept yard waste from res­i­dents each op­er­at­ing day; and

• Res­i­dents that have yard ser­vice are asked to re­mind yard care providers that leaves must be placed in proper waste bins.

Cer­tain neigh­bour­hoods will re­ceive col­lec­tion of yard waste by pub­lic works. If your ad­dress qual­i­fies for pickup:

• Please have your brush and leaves at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on the day of col­lec­tion. Loose brush must be piled in an or­derly fash­ion and should not ex­ceed four bun­dles of 5 feet by three feet by three feet. Tree limbs must not ex­ceed five inches in di­am­e­ter.

• Do not mix items such as wood, brick or brush with the leaves as they can dam­age equip­ment or in­jure work­ers.

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