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South Bend, Mishawaka announce leaf pick-up dates

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The cities of South Bend and Mishawaka have both announced their leaf pick-up schedules for this fall.  

SOUTH BEND:
In South Bend if you need leaf pick-up you should call 235-9244. Crews will be dispatched in the order calls are received, Monday through Thursday, during the weeks of the 19th and the 26th. 

Residents are encouraged to call in this weekend, so that crews can get started first thing on Monday.

The city recycles all the leaves and at the Ogranic Resource Facility, turning it into mulch and compost which is made available to the public.

There's also a year-round bagged leaf and yard waste pickup plan offered by the city.  Residents may place bagged or bundled yard waste at the curb for automatic pickup on their regular trash pickup days, from now through Dec. 4, and then "call-in" for pickup through the winter. 

MISHAWAKA:
In Mishawaka you need to rake your leaves to the edge of the curb, where they'll be picked up each week on the day before regular trash pick-up.  So, if your trash pick-up day is Wednesday, your leaves will be picked up on Tuesday.  Those with a Monday trash pick-up day will have their leaves picked up on Friday.

The city asks that the leaf piles be free of branches, twigs, stones or similar objects which can damage equipment and delay leaf pick-up.  Residents are encouraged not to rake leaves into the street immediately after a vacuum unit has passed through an area because it will not return until the next scheduled time.  Meanwhile, leaves on the curb may clog sewer inlets or blow back into yards or streets.

Leaves can be bagged and put with the normal trash regular weekly pick-up.  Brush should be taken to the Mishawaka Recycling Center, 1105 East Fifth Street, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.  Free wood chips and leaf mulch continue to be available for pick-up at the Recycling Center.

The leaf collection program will continue through November or until leaves are no longer a problem for residents.

 

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Leaf Collection & Safety Tips

  • DO NOT allow children to play in leaf piles for their safety!
  • Please rake leaves to the curb line, avoid raking them into the street, as this will plug the street drains, causing them to flood.
  • Please do not rake leaves to curb lines after crews have finished your street. They will not return until the next scheduled day in your area (approx. 2 weeks later).
  • Do not park on top of or in front of leaf piles along curb lines. A vehicle left running while parked over leaves can ignite a fire.
  • Please separate all trash and debris from leaf piles/bags. Leaf crews cannot sweep up loose leaf piles contaminated with sticks, trash, and other debris. Trash contaminates the recycling process. Crews will not pickup these piles, it is the property owner's responsibility to dispose of contaminated piles.
  • Burning of leaves is totally prohibited in the City of South Bend and is a violation of City ordinance.
  • The City collects bagged leaves throughout the year. Please place bagged leaves at curbside by 6:00 a.m. on your regular trash pickup day now thru Dec. 4 and then Call-In for pickup through the winter months. Automatic pickup will resume next Spring.
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