The city of Chicago has a policy during spring and fall where one can pick up their leaves, but you can call the city to get them for you at no cost. The leaves collect by the city are turned into compost. The reason why the policy was put into effect because the leaves can help reduce the amount of waste the landfills get on the daily basis. Chicago residents can call 311 for the Department of Streets and Sanitation to pick up their yard waste. The yard waste collection begins from October 17 and through out November 30. Also, collecting yard waste prevents drains from being flooded with water.
The history of the yard waste collection has grown over the years. Many residents are being involved with the policy. Everyone can participate in the yard waste pick up. Local schools and Chicago park districts participate too. Sewers are becoming more durable by having yard waste in the pipes. The yard waste is accountable for an average of 15-20% of landfill space. Many people in the communities are not informed about the Yard Waste Pick Up. When people are not informed about this, they just throw away their leaves in the garbage bins and add more landfill space. The city should inform residents so we can all help.