Mayor Barrett Announces November 24 as Leaf Collection Rake-Out Extension Date

Effort to give residents ample time and opportunity to rake out debris

November 18, 2019

MILWAUKEE— At a press event on Friday, November 15, Mayor Tom Barrett highlighted the City’s continued efforts to adapt its services to address unseasonable weather conditions. Annual leaf collection has been extended from the initial deadline of November 15 to end of day November 24.

The change was prompted by a late leaf drop and early winter weather, which resulted in snow covered lawns. Department of Public Works leaf collection crews were redeployed to snow and ice control.

“We recognize the challenges everyone is facing as leaves remain on the trees or have been piled up under snow and ice,” said Mayor Barrett. “With forecasts predicting warmer temperatures, these are great opportunities to rake out your yard as our crews continue sweeping through the neighborhoods.”

The City of Milwaukee composts its leaves, saving money while conserving resources. The finished compost is produced by a Department of Public Works contractor and sold into local markets as products that improve soil nutrition. This program also improves water quality. Leaves contain phosphorus, and excess phosphorus is a primary cause of water quality problems in our lakes and streams.

Once completed, the City collects 13,000 – 15,000 tons of leaves each year. Leaf collection is down about 15 percent at this point in the program.

After the final leaf pick-up cycle, residents can mulch their leaves on their lawn, compost them or take them to a City Drop-Off Center for composting. Leaves and brush, along with other yard waste, are banned from landfills and must not be placed in garbage or recycling carts.

More tips for a successful fall leaf collection:

  • Do not put leaves in garbage carts
  • Place garden debris on top of leaf piles
  • Place pumpkins in your garbage cart or compost them
  • Do not put brush into the street – place on the grass next to the curb. Brush is defined as woody stalks such as tree branches and bushes. Call 286-CITY (-2489) through November for pick-up.

For more information, call (414) 286-CITY (-2489) or visit


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