Police chief reminds residents not to burn leaves

Published: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

MORRIS – Police Chief Brent Dite is asking Morris residents to remember the city has an ordinance prohibiting the burning of leaves, as well as landscape and yard waste.

It is unlawful to deposit or rake leaves, landscape and yard waste into the gutters and streets of Morris, he said in a news release.

Landscape and yard waste is defined to include grass, garden clippings, brush, Christmas trees, leaves, tree clippings and other materials accumulated as a result of the maintenance of lawns, gardens (both vegetable and flower), shrubbery, vines and trees.

Leaves and landscape waste can be disposed of through residents’ garbage pickup on their regular garbage pickup day.

This type of waste has to be put into brown lawn bags that can be purchased at local stores or are sometimes available through the city’s Public Works Department.

Violators are subject to fines not less than $50 and no more than $750 for each offense and a separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day the violation occurs or continues, according to the news release.

The complete ordinance numbered 8.44.060 can be viewed at morrisil.org.

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