Leaves and brush pickup scheduled for Goshen, Elkhart

Now that the snow has melted away, what should you do with all those leaves and branches left in your yard?

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 7:52 p.m.

GOSHEN — Now that most of the snow and ice has melted, cities in Elkhart County will begin spring leaf and brush pickup.

The city of Goshen will pick up leaves and brush April 28 through September. The first pickup is expected to last two weeks. Leaves should be piled near the curb, separate from brush. Leaves and brush will not be collected from alleys.

Residents can call the city’s street department at 534-9711 beginning Monday, April 7, to reserve a truck or trailer for brush pickup.

The city will issue a reminder to residents a week before collection begins with more details and guidelines for pickup.

The city of Elkhart began collecting brush Monday, March 31, from residential properties with no more than four apartment units per lot. Brush from commercial properties and professional tree lawn services are not picked up.

With a few exceptions, Elkhart’s brush pickup coincides with garbage and recycling schedules. Crews begin working as early as 6 a.m., so brush should be stacked neatly next to the road the day before pickup. Piles should not be larger than 4 feet wide and 8 feet in length. Cut limbs should be facing the same direction. Limbs should be no larger than 6 inches in diameter and 8 feet in length.

Brush should be placed away from trees, power lines and other obstructions, including electrical boxes and tarps. Piles should be free of trash, grass, leaves, root balls, vines, rocks, concrete, firewood, fence posts and treated lumber.

For more details call Elkhart forester Dan Coy at 970-0542 ext. 204.

The city of Nappanee has not scheduled a date to begin leaf and brush collection.

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