Hinsdaleans can start bagging, as leaf pickups will begin on Monday

The village of Hinsdale’s annual fall leaf pickup program will begin Monday, Nov. 1.

The program is designed to keep village streets cleaner and safer and to help keep leaves out of sewers and storm drains. The most important thing to remember is that leaves cannot be placed in the street for removal.

The village will provide free, unlimited, weekly curbside collection of leaves in kraft paper yard waste bags. Plastic bags will not be picked up.

Residents should place bagged leaves in the parkway in front of their home, along the curb. Bags should not be placed in the street.

Bags should be at the curb by 6 a.m. on the scheduled pick-up date.

Pickups will run for six weeks, ending the week of Dec. 6. Leaves will be picked up by the village’s waste hauler, Republic Services.

In some cases, due to volume, collection may run behind (i.e., Monday collection being completed on Tuesday); however, every household will receive one collection in each of the six weeks.

Bags may not exceed 34 gallons or 60 pounds.

While leaf pickup is complimentary, all other yard waste will require a yard waste sticker.

Residents also may choose to keep leaves on their property to be composted for use as mulch. The village forester highly recommends the use of compost for keeping plants and trees healthy.

With everyone’s cooperation and the village’s fall street-sweeping operations, officials expect to have a clean, safe fall leaf season.