Residents ask to clear leaves
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.