With the fall colors now coming down, residents are asked to help clear fallen leaves from storm drain inlets to prevent street flooding. Lombard Public Works operates two street sweepers that do their best to remove leaves that have fallen directly onto the 278 miles of Village-maintained streets, but each pass takes 2-3 weeks.
Keeping leaves away from storm sewers benefits waterways by preventing the phosphorus and nitrogen in decomposing leaves from contributing to algae blooms, which decreases the oxygen available for fish. Instead, you can mulch the leaves, which will provide essential nutrients for your lawn, trees, and bushes. Residents may also take advantage of the Village’s Compost Bin Reimbursement Program to create rich soil to use throughout the year on house plants and gardens. Visit https://www.villageoflombard.org/188/Yard-Waste-Brush-Compost for more information.
As a reminder, raking or blowing leaves into a street is unlawful, and violations may be reported to Code Enforcement at (630) 620-5757, firstname.lastname@example.org, or through SeeClickFix. Residents may take advantage of the free six-week leaf collection starting November 6th.
FREE 6-WEEK LEAF COLLECTION PROGRAM: NOV 6 – DEC 15, 2023
During this time, residential property owners may place an unlimited amount of paper bags containing only leaves curbside on their normal Waste Management collection day without stickers. For more information, visit www.villageoflombard.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=699.