Curbside yard waste collection begins

Dearborn’s expanded curbside yard waste program is set to kick off again on March 14 and last through mid-December.

Beginning the week of March 14, residents can put yard waste in properly marked containers at the curb on their trash collection day, weather permitting.

The mid-March start up allows residents to get a jump on spring cleanup and dispose of materials left over from the fall.

Residents are reminded to place the yard waste materials in the proper containers at least three feet away from their trash cart and recycling cart.

Residents can place their yard waste in paper bags or in their own 20-32 gallon container. Cardboard boxes and plastic bags are not permitted. Containers should be marked with yard waste stickers, which are available for free at the Dearborn Public Libraries, Mayor’s Office, and Public Works Yard.

Do not put yard waste in your trash cart or your recycling cart.

Yard waste is classified as grass clippings, weeds, leaves, and shrub and brush trimmings.

Fruits, vegetables, dirt, sod, and animal droppings should not be mixed in to yard waste. Roots should be free of dirt.

Brush can be up to four feet in length and three inches in diameter. It should be tied with heavy cord or rope and weigh no more than 35 pounds. Shrubs should be bundled the same way, with root balls removed.

For more information, call the Department of Public Works at (313) 943-2085.