All of those once beautiful leaves are finding their way to the ground and are covering decks, drives, grass and much more.

LPA members can burn them on their lots as long as burning is not done in the roadside ditches (LPA property usually) or in drainage ways. Remember, burning must  be supervised and consideration of neighbors by not burning with adverse wind conditions is important. A better solution than burning might be to take leaves to the yard waste facilities.

The facilities are designed to handle large quantities of yard waste. Our yard waste sites are sponsored by the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ.) The trustees of the RIZ have graciously sponsored the sites in order to make them legally available to Lake Panorama members. The Iowa DNR requires a government agency to sponsor the sites and the LPA is not such an agency on its own. Since the RIZ is our sponsor and their task is erosion control and silt management, they have required that burning not be allowed in areas that would cause possible erosion of silt into the lake. The Iowa DNR requires that burning be done in such a way as to minimize air quality issues caused by smoldering and long burning. To minimize air pollution, the LPA has prohibited root balls, stumps and logs larger than 12 inches in diameter since these items result in smoke and smoldering issues. Collections of leaves cannot be burned under DNR regulations, which is why our yard waste facilities do not burn leaves and manage them to produce compost. Please pay attention to the signs at the facility and deposit your yard waste separated into leaves and small twigs under 1/4 inch in diameter and the larger materials that will be burned.

Iowa law prohibits disposal of trash, garbage, construction debris (even untreated wood pieces) (or any other item that does not grow naturally) in the yard waste facilities.

Leaves can be hauled to the respective yard waste site and be dumped into the compost piles at each facility. You can leave biodegradable leaf bags with the leaves, but plastic leaf bags must be emptied and taken home with you.

The facilities are not open on Mondays and Tuesdays in order for the LPA maintenance department to manage the piles, burn wood (anything greater than 1/4 inch in diameter) in the burning areas, and to keep the facilities available for the onslaught of tons of leaves that will be arriving. The gates are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

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