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Have a Healthy and Happy Halloween with Safety Guidance

Have a Healthy and Happy Halloween with Safety Guidance

Halloween is coming up, but it will look different than years past because, you know, the COVID-19 pandemic.

Johnson County Public Health and other experts caution that traditional trick-or-treating is riskier than alternatives; although interactions door-to-door are typically quick, they usually involve close and frequent contact, the conditions that spread SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Often, many kids and families gather at doors or on sidewalks, and the more households they visit, the greater chance that germs are spread and linger. Here are some ways to keep yourself, your kids and your community healthy.

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Curbside Leaf Collection to Begin in October for Fall 2020

Fall leaf collection is scheduled to start Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 and run through Friday, Nov. 20. Leaves will be collected curbside if at the curb by 7 a.m. that Friday.

To have your leaves collected, rake them within two feet of the public street by 7 a.m. on each Monday. Crews will collect them by Friday. Please don’t bag your leaves or mix them with sticks, branches or other yard waste, or any other materials.

To speed collection, please avoid placing piles near street signs or utility poles, and avoid parking vehicles in front of leaf piles.

This service is free and weather dependent; snow can require staff to convert equipment to prepare for its timely removal.

After the curbside collection ends, residents have a few options to dispose of leaves:

  1. Put in Johnson County Refuse yard waste bags, collected on your regular trash and recycling day, for $1.65 per bag
  2. Taken to Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center,  300 Hebl Ave. SW, Iowa City, for free
  3. Wait for spring curbside leaf collection, for free

 

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