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GLAD YOU ASKED: What is law for leaf collection?

Q. What is the law about putting leaves on the curb for the city to pick up — either in bags, or just blowing them out there for the street sweeper?

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A. The following written response comes from Ron Olson, the city of Mitchell’s superintendent of streets and sanitation.

“The city offers a fall leaf collection for leaves placed in paper compostable bags free of charge. Those bags need to be placed curbside on the same day as your garbage collection. That special collection will end on Nov. 29.

“Leaves can also be taken to the landfill free of charge anytime the landfill is open. The compost drop-off site located on West Eighth Avenue is open Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to dark, and on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. That drop-off site will close on Nov. 27.

“In reference to the question of blowing leaves into the street, city codified laws prohibits the placing of ‘rubbish of any kind’ into the streets. It also can create problems for the street sweepers and the storm sewers.”

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