Here are some friendly reminders of the spring cleaning programs that are already underway or about to begin.
YARD WASTE COLLECTION
Free bagged yard waste collection by Waste Management begins April 1. No stickers are required on yard waste bags during the entire month of April.
BRANCHES AND BRUSH
Branch/brush bundles are always collected for free if they are:
-Tied into bundles no longer than 5 ft.
-Branches are less than 2 in. in diameter
-Bundles weigh less than 45 lbs. each
ON-STREET LEAF COLLECTION
A special on-street leaf collection will occur in designated areas during the weeks of April 22 and 29. See collection days for designated areas at cityofelgin.org/onstreetleaves.
STORM DRAIN CLEARING
Adopt a storm drain. With over 10,000 storm drains citywide, we need your help to keep them clear of leaves and debris. When it rains, leaves can clog drains and lead to street flooding.
Beginning April 1, weather permitting, public works will deploy its street sweepers to clean up after the long winter. The sweeping program will run through September.
Pothole patching is ongoing with three crews dedicated daily through May. Temporary “cold patch” is used until “hot patch” is available when asphalt plants open for the season.