MUSCATINE, Iowa - The City of Muscatine is halfway through the second round of fall leaf collection and, despite the large amount of leaves being left curbside this year, crews from the Department of Public Works remain on schedule.
Crews are wrapping up second pass operations in Zone 4 (see map) and are scheduled to begin their second pass in Zone 5 on Wednesday (Nov. 25) with Zone 6 scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The Department of Public Works may make one more pass through each of the eight zones as long as weather permits.
While raking the leaves to the curb is a lot of work for collection by City of Muscatine staff, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources offers three other ways that residents can use or dispose of their fall leaf collections.
“While we offer a city-wide leaf collection effort in October and November, residents do not have to wait for their zone collection days to dispose of their leaves,” Brian Stineman, Muscatine Public Works director said. “Residents can use Muscatine Yard Waste Bags to bag their leaves and place them near their refuse bin on their refuse collection day.”
Muscatine Yard Waste Bags are available at the Muscatine Transfer Station, both Hy-Vee locations in Muscatine, and at Fareway. Grass clippings, leaves, and garden waste will be picked up at the curb on the residents’ regular refuse collection day as long as they are placed in a Muscatine Yard Waste Bag.
“It takes a lot of manpower to operate the trucks and leaf vacs, manpower that could be used for other services,” Stineman said. “Putting yard waste in these bags and placing them curbside speeds up the process for the resident and for the City, and allows our crews to work on other needed projects.”
Composting and mulching are two additional measures to turn yard waste into valuable nutrients for resident gardens.
The Iowa DNR release follows:
DES MOINES - Fall leaves are beautiful – until they pile up in your yard. But don’t send those precious nutrients up in smoke. Instead, put them to good use. Your leaves, branches and other landscape materials can nourish your lawn, garden or community. It’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3: