MATTOON — The city's leaf collection for residential properties in Mattoon is set to start on Tuesday and conclude on Dec. 20.

On Mondays, leaves will be collected on the northwest side of town from 19th Street west to the city limits and from Western Avenue north. On Tuesdays, the collection will be held on the northeast side from 19th east and from Charleston Avenue north.

Leaves will be collected on Wednesdays on the southeast side from the railroad east and from Charleston south. On Thursdays, the collection will be held on the southwest side from the railroad west and from Commercial and Pine avenues south.

To be collected, materials must be in 30-gallon paper yard waste bags. Bags must be placed within 10 feet of a public street curb by 7 a.m. to ensure pickup on the scheduled day. Anything placed after 7 a.m. may not be picked up until the next week.

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Residents also can take their leaves to the city's yard waste facility along north Logan Street. This facility is open during daylight hours seven days a week. Leaves must either be in paper yard waste bags or dumped loose.

For information on the alternative of mowing leaves into lawns as mulch, visit http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/hortihints/0010a.html.

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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