In order for the Public Works Department to complete leaf pick-up throughout the entire city prior to snowfall, collection dates must begin in early November. The City allows one week for collection on the north side of the Fox River, one week for collection on the south side of the river, and has reserved the 3 days prior to Thanksgiving as a buffer for mechanical or weather-related delays. After this time, the likelihood for significant snowfall increases to a point where it is no longer practical for the City to employ trucks for leaf collection that need to be ready for plowing. Groot will continue to collect yard waste, including leaves in 33-gallon kraft bags, through the last the first full week of December. For questions on Groot's collection, please contact them directly at 630-892-9294.