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October 14, 2010

City's Fall Leaf Sweeping Program Begins Sunday,
October 17, 2010

Public asked not to rake yard waste material such as grass clippings, leaves or other debris onto the streets.
Released: 12:02 p.m.

NEWS @ A GLANCE:

The City of Winnipeg's fall clean-up of streets will begin Sunday evening, October 17, 2010, weather permitting, and will target areas of Winnipeg where the accumulation of leaves is particularly heavy.
(for more details, please read the full media release below)

Winnipeg, October 14, 2010 - The City of Winnipeg's fall clean-up of streets will begin Sunday evening, October 17, 2010, weather permitting, and will target areas of Winnipeg where the accumulation of leaves is particularly heavy. The street clean-up will involve around 60 pieces of equipment, and will take approximately two weeks at an estimated cost of $350,000.

Motorists are advised that temporary "No Parking" signs will be placed in areas where parked cars pose a problem to the sweeping operation. Vehicles parked at "No Parking' signs, during the times indicated, will be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.

During the clean-up operation crews will transport the majority of leaves they collect to the City's composting site at the Brady Road Landfill.

Property owners are urged not to rake yard waste material (e.g., grass clippings, leaves) or other debris onto the streets as it can plug the street drains. Plugged drains cause water ponding problems on the street, and could also increase the risk of basement flooding by causing water to drain into the wastewater sewer through manhole covers. Residents are cautioned not to place yard waste material into manholes or ditches, as this can also cause flooding problems.

Residents are encouraged to help out with the cleanup by raking and bagging their yard waste and dropping it off at one of the City of Winnipeg's Leaf It With Us depots, open seven days a week from October 1 to November 15, weather permitting. For more information about the depots, residents can:

  • call the 24-hour recorded yard waste information line at 204-986-8888, code 9813
  • contact our 311 Centre, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca
  • visit our web site at winnipeg.ca/waterandwaste

Information about the Fall Leaf Sweeping Program can be found at http://www.winnipeg.ca/publicworks/FallCleaning/default.asp

In addition, the public is encouraged to subscribe online to the free email notification system that advises subscribers when a parking ban goes into effect at: http://www.winnipeg.ca/wpgmail/PW/pw_cs_subscribe.stm


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