Loose leaf collection in Dearborn scheduled to begin Oct. 19

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn


Loose leaf collection is scheduled to take place Oct. 19 to Dec. 4. Dates can change depending on weather and leaf fall patterns.

DEARBORN – The city’s loose leaf collection is scheduled to begin the week of Oct. 19, and is scheduled to end on Dec. 4. Dates can change depending on weather and leaf fall patterns.

            The following guidelines will apply to help the program operate most effectively:

            • Rake leaves into the street only on the day before trash pickup day during the program.

            • Contractors paid by residents to rake leaves must follow the same rule.

            • Crews may not be able to pick up all the loose leaves in the area on trash pickup day. In that case, they will return the next week on trash pickup day to collect the rest.

            • Avoid raking leaves into the street too early, as leaves left to pile up in the street for days before scheduled collection can make for traffic and safety hazards. Large amounts of dry leaves in the street represent a potential fire hazard if hot vehicles park over them, and wet leaves can be slippery, potentially reducing a vehicle’s stopping time.

            • City ordinance requires all drivers to move parked vehicles off of the street from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. during a neighborhood’s Public Service Days. This includes leaf collection days. Keeping parked cars off the street on Public Service Days allows city crews to reach curb to curb and complete activities like leaf collection more efficiently.

            • For the duration of the leaf collection season, it also is advisable to move parked vehicles off the street during all of your trash collection days.

            • Leaves can be  disposed of by bagging them or putting them in proper containers for pickup on regular trash collection days. Either 20- to 32-gallon containers with a city yard waste sticker on the lid (available at City Hall), or proper yard waste paper bags are acceptable.

            • Leaves in plastic bags or cardboard boxes will not be picked up.

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