Keep fall leaves and other yard waste out of the street
Fall brings cooler temperatures and changing colors on our trees. Ultimately all of these beautiful leaves end up in our yards where we need to clean them up. If you rake your leaves, Bloomington and Normal both offer convenient curbside leaf collection service for residents. Both municipalities request residents pile leaves up near the curb, but NOT in the street itself.
In addition to blocking storm sewer drains, causing street flooding, leaves can act as a storm water pollutant. Washed into the storm sewer system and eventually into creeks, streams, and lakes, the additional nutrients from the massive amounts of leaves breaking down removes oxygen from the water, suffocating plants and wildlife.
Please help us keep our local waters clean -use your leaves for compost or mulch, or pile them neatly near the curb for collection. For information on composting, contact the Ecology Action Center at (309) 454-3169 or consult ecologyactioncenter.org.