What to do with all those leaves?
While Lake Country has enjoyed a string of warm, beautiful days recently, leaves are already starting to fall from the trees, and that means that area residents will soon have to figure out the best way to deal with them.
Many of the municipal clerks contacted for this story advised that the best way to dispose of fallen leaves is to mulch them into the lawn. Doing so can save time that would have been spent raking and bagging, and will also add nutrients to the soil.
The worst thing you can do to get rid of leaves? Burn them. While most Lake Country municipalities allow leaf burning (Hartland is the only community with an outright ban), burning leaves can cause air pollution, create fire hazards and exacerbate medical conditions such as asthma.
Here's a roundup of leaf pickups, compost sites and burning policies for area communities:
Village of Hartland: Hartland's annual leaf pickup will take place this year from Oct. 10-Nov. 23. Residents should rake their leaves to the curb for collection. A leaf collection truck will make one pass through the village weekly during this time period. Leaf burning in the village is not permitted.
City of Delafield: Veolia Environmental Services will pick up leaves and other yard waste from participating residences. To participate, residents must purchase stickers from Veolia (559 Progress Drive, Hartland) and place one sticker on every bag of yard waste to be collected. Stickers cost $1.90 each; residents must purchase a minimum of 30 stickers at a time.
Yard waste and leaves must be bagged in brown paper lawn and leaf bags. Veolia will check the driveways of everyone who has purchased stickers once per month from April through December.
Leaf burning is allowed (no permit required) as long as residents follow the city ordinance.
City of Pewaukee: No leaf pickup. City residents can bring leaves to the city's recycling center at W240 N3065 Pewaukee Road, open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at least through Thanksgiving week.
Leaf burning is allowed with a permit. Permits are available at no charge at City Hall.
Village of Pewaukee: The village will pick up leaves three times this fall, with pickup periods starting on Oct. 17, Oct. 31 and Nov. 14. Residents should have leaves raked to the curb by the start date of each pickup.
Leaves can also be taken to the recycling center at 552 Hickory St., open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 31 and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 2.
Leaf burning is allowed with a permit. Permits are available at no charge at Village Hall.
Town of Merton: No leaf pickup. Residents can bring leaves to the Town of Lisbon compost site, N80 W25610 Plainview Road, open 9 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. Saturdays and 4 to 7:50 p.m. Mondays through Thanksgiving weekend. A $25 annual pass must be purchased to use the compost site, which can be obtained at Town Hall.
Leaf burning is usually allowed without a permit if the leaves are burned in a burn barrel. Residents without a burn barrel must apply for a burning permit, available at no charge from the fire department in the resident's fire district.
Village of Merton: Leaves and yard waste are picked up at village residences once a month from April through November; remaining pickup dates this year are Oct. 14, Nov. 4 and Nov. 18. Leaves and yard waste must be bagged in leaf bags, cardboard boxes or unlined 32-gallon garbage cans with handles. Residents can also bring leaves to the Town of Lisbon compost site, at N80 W25610 Plainview Road, which is open 9 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. Saturdays and 4 to 7:50 p.m. Mondays through Thanksgiving weekend. A $20 pass, available at Village Hall, is required to use the site.
Village of Chenequa: No leaf pickup, no compost site. Outdoor burning is permitted with permission from the village Police Department.
Village of Nashotah: Veolia picks up yard waste for village residents at no additional charge nine times per year; remaining pickup dates this year are Oct. 14, Nov. 4 and Nov. 18.
Leaf burning is allowed with a permit, available at no charge from Village Hall.
Town of Delafield: Veolia picks up leaves and other yard waste from participating residences once a month from April through November. To participate, residents must purchase stickers from Veolia (559 Progress Drive, Hartland) and place one sticker on every bag of yard waste to be collected. Stickers cost $1.90 each; residents must purchase a minimum of 50 stickers at a time. Yard waste and leaves must be bagged in brown paper lawn and leaf bags or in cardboard boxes.
Residents can also burn leaves, with no permit required.
Town of Lisbon: No leaf pickup. Residents can bring leaves to the town compost site, N80 W25610 Plainview Road, which is open 9 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. Saturdays and 4 to 7:50 p.m. Mondays through Thanksgiving weekend. Residents must purchase a $15 yearly permit to use the compost site; permits are available at Town Hall.
Leaves may be burned, but a permit is required. Permits are available at no charge at Town Hall.
Town of Oconomowoc: No leaf pickup. Residents can bring leaves to the town compost site, W379 N6968 North Lake Road (Old Highway 67). The compost site is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The site will be open through Nov. 30, weather permitting.
Leaf burning is allowed with a permit. Permits can be obtained at no charge from the fire department in the resident's fire district.
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