Starting on October 4th the Village of Lincolnshire began its annual
Leaf Collection Program. The program was completed on the first Friday
in December. The program services approximately 1,707 residences.
GIS was used throughout the project. It was used at the onset for
route planning, during for coordination and at the conclusion to analyze
the success of the program. On December 13th the Mayor and Board of
Trustees considered whether to continue the residential leaf collection
Currently, the Village picks up leaves in all residential
neighborhoods, except private developments, from the first Monday in
October until the first Friday in December. In 2010, more then 8,000
cubic yards of leaves were collected. This is an increase from the 6,700
collected in 2009. The options being considered by the Village Board
include maintaining the program, creating a subscription program, or
discontinuing the program. They will also be discussing options for the
residents in the event that the program is discontinued.
Public Works and GIS staff created an analysis map that showed
participation by street in the leaf collection program. According to the
data collected by Public Works 91% of the streets eligible participated
in the leaf collection program at some point. 11% of them participated
every week and a majority of the streets had weekly participation
between 75 and 99% of the weeks. A GIS map was created outlining the
weekly street participation graduated by color. The map was included as
part of a memorandum presented to the Mayor and the Board of Trustees.
The project was approved based on the report and supporting maps to take place again in 2011.