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Peru announces leaf burning and collection notice

Peru announced its seasonal leaf burning policy and leaf collection program Tuesday.

Open burning of leaves is allowed from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Burning is prohibited on Sundays, Mondays and federally designated holidays.

Fires must be placed at least 20 feet from any structure and are not allowed within 48 hours after a rainfall of more than a half inch. Fires must be constantly attended to and only lit on private property. No burning on asphalt or city sidewalks is allowed, and leaves are the only material permitted to be burned.

While leaf burning is allowed during the allotted times, the city of Peru encourages residents to use the city’s leaf collection program.

The seasonal leaf vacuuming is a program that usually begins the second week of October and continues through the week before Thanksgiving.

Those who wish to participate in the program should rake leaves to the curb, but not into the street. Residents are encouraged not to rake twigs, brush branches, rocks, garbage, plants or grass clippings into their leaf piles as it can damage the vacuuming equipment.

Do not bag the leaves, put them into cans or leave them near obstructions such as parked vehicles, mailboxes or fire hydrants.

The leaf collection route goes as follows:

Monday: Fourth Street north from the west side of Calhoun Street to west end city limits.

Tuesday: Fourth Street north from the east side of Peoria Street to Route 251.

Wednesday: East side of Calhoun Street to west side of Peoria Street.

Thursday: West side of Pulaski Street to Route 251 and Fourth Street south from the east side of Peoria Street to Route 251.

Friday: East side of Pulaski Street to east end city limits and Fourth Street south from the west side of Calhoun Street to the west end city limits

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