Collection of leaves raked into the street set to begin Oct. 24

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn

Rake loose leaves into the street the day before trash day/Public Service Day for pickup beginning the week of Oct. 24.

DEARBORN – Collection of loose leaves raked into the streets is scheduled to begin the week of Oct. 24 and end on Dec. 2, depending on the weather.

To make it easier for crews to pick up the leaves and to keep the streets safer, residents should rake leaves into the street only on the day before their neighborhood’s Public Service Days, which are the same as trash collection days. Vehicles must be removed from streets on these days from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contractors paid by residents to rake leaves must follow the same guideline and should not rake leaves into the street until the day before the appropriate Public Service Day.

Due to the volume and size of Public Service Day districts, crews may not be able to pick up all the loose leaves in a neighborhood on the designated Public Service Day day. City crews will return to the area the next week on Public Service Day, starting where they ended with the previous collection.

For a weekly leaf collection schedule, call 313-943-2444.

Leaves should not be raked into the street earlier than scheduled, as leaves left to pile up in the street for days before scheduled collection can present traffic and safety hazards.

Preferred method: Bag leaves for curbside pickup every week
Leaves also can be disposed of by putting them in 20- to 32-gallon containers marked “Yard Waste” or in paper landscape bags for curbside pickup on regular trash collection days every week until Dec. 16.

Bagging them or putting them in the proper containers on the curb will ensure that they are picked up every week on trash day. In contrast, loose leaves raked into the street are picked up only as crews can get to them.

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

Yard waste stickers to mark containers are available at City Hall. Paper yard waste bags do not need stickers.