The city of Rock Island will provide free leaf collection for residential refuse customers from Oct. 8 to Nov. 30.

Leaves must be placed in approved paper yard waste bags and placed at the normal refuse collection location on the regular day for pickup by a separate truck. The bags may not contain anything other than leaves. No stickers are required for the leaf bags.

Free bags, up to 10 at a time, will be available to Rock Island Residents as long as supplies last beginning Monday at Rock Island City Hall Public Works Department, Martin Luther King Center Community Caring Conference, Sunset Marina Office, South Rock Island Township Office and Rock Island Township Assessor’s Office.

Grass clippings, leaves or other materials are not allowed to be placed into the street or dumped into ravines where they can be washed into the storm water system and cause flooding. Violators are subject to fines from $250 to $1,500 per violation per day.

No burning of leaves or yard waste is allowed, with penalties up to $40 for a first offense. Violations may be reported to the police non-emergency number 309-732-2677. Recreational fires are allowed by code, but burning rubbish or leaves in a recreational fire is considered an ordinance violation.

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