While leaf collection for the city of Wausau is just around the corner, officials are warning residents not to rake leaves into the streets until the weekend before their pickup date.

Piling leaves in the gutter wreaks havoc on the city’s storm sewer system and can result in debris being discharged into the Wisconsin River, according to a news release issued this week by Mayor Rob Mielke and Director of Public Works Eric Lindman.

Residents are also advised not to rake leaves into the street in the days after their scheduled leaf pickup, as city crews are scheduled to collect leaves just once this fall.

Residents piling leaves in the gutter either well before or in the days after their scheduled leaf pickup date could be fined, officials said.

Leaf collection is set to begin Monday, Oct. 30 and will continue until Nov. 14. The full schedule is embedded below. The city’s yard waste site also has extended hours throughout the fall season, which can be accessed here.Leaf Schedule 2017