The City of Rochelle will begin providing leaf vacuuming services for residents when the leaves fall, typically mid-October. The vacuuming service will last through early December, or the first measurable snowfall. During this period, other landscape waste (grass, plants, weeds and small amounts of leaves) may be placed in paper landscape bags or standard garbage containers, maximum size 32 gallons weighing under 50 pounds, and set at the curb by 5:00 a.m. for pick-up weekly on your regular garbage day.  Please make these containers with an “X”.   Plastic bags are no longer accepted. Large piles of brush will be picked up monthly on the third Monday, through November.

The following simple rules should be followed:

  1. Please rake your leaves to the parkway, typically between the sidewalk and the curb. Do not place leaves on the street as they will clog storm water inlets.
  2. Please do not place leaves behind obstacles such as large trees, hedges, fences, etc.
  3. Please avoid parking vehicles in front of piles of leaves until they are collected.
  4. Please do not mix trash, yard waste such as limbs, weeds, grass or any other material with the leaves. Yard waste mixed with leaves can cause safety concerns and equipment malfunction.

Leaf collection will begin at 7:00 a.m. and will end by 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday based on need and weather. The leaf vacuum, towed behind a dump truck, forces the leaves from the curbs into the truck bed. During peak season two leaf vacuums will be operated.

 Leaf Vacuum Schedule:

Monday: South of 1st Avenue

Tuesday/Wednesday: North of 1st Avenue and East of N. 7th Street

Thursday/Friday: North of 1st Avenue and West of 7th Street

**Leaf vacuuming may be impacted by inclement weather

 Several communities in Illinois have found leaf vacuuming to be an efficient way to handle the accumulation of autumn leaves. This disposal option also provides health benefits, particularly for those with breathing disorders. The City of Rochelle is committed to making this process successful. If you have any concerns, feel free to call City Hall at 815-562-6161 or the Street Department at 815-562-2494