2012 curbside yard waste collection is underway

DEARBORN – The city’s curbside yard waste program is underway for the 2012 season and will last through Dec. 14.

Residents can put yard waste in properly marked containers at the curb on their trash collection day. The containers should be at least three feet away from trash and recycling carts. Yard waste should not be placed in the street.

Containers can be yard waste paper bags or 20- to 32-gallon containers that are clearly marked with a yard waste sticker. Stickers are available for free at Dearborn Public Libraries, the Public Works Yard and the mayor’s office.

Yard waste should not be put in plastic bags or cardboard boxes. They will not be picked up.

This service provides residents the opportunity to get a jump on spring cleanup and dispose of materials left over from the fall.

Yard waste includes grass clippings, weeds, leaves, shrubs and brush trimmings.

Before placing yard waste into containers, remove dirt from the roots and remove root balls from shrubs. Brush and shrubs must be less than three inches in diameter, be four feet or less in length, tied with a heavy cord or rope and weigh no more than 35 pounds.

Fruit, vegetables or animal droppings should not be mixed with yard waste. Sod and dirt are not yard waste and will not be collected.

To arrange for a special pickup of unbundled or improperly bundled brush or for more information, call the Department of Public Works at 313-943-02085.