Curbside leaf pickup slated to begin Oct. 22

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The city’s annual curbside leaf pickup is scheduled to run from Oct. 22 to Dec. 7.

Two methods available

DEARBORN – The city’s annual curbside leaf pickup is scheduled to run from Oct. 22 to Dec. 7.

Leaves can be put in yard waste paper bags or 20- to 32-gallon containers with a city yard waste sticker on the lid and set them at curbside by 7 a.m. on trash day. They will be picked up that same day.

Yard waste stickers are available at City Hall and Dearborn libraries.

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

An alternate method is to rake leaves into the street the day before the neighborhood’s Public Service Day during the non-recycling week.

Raking leaves into the street sooner can lead to dangerous driving conditions and leaves that blow back onto neighbors’ yards. Contractors paid by residents to rake leaves must follow the same rules.

In addition, vehicles must be removed from the streets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a neighborhood’s Public Service Day. Following this process makes it easier for crews to pick up leaves and keeps streets clean and safe.

Leaves raked into the street are not picked up every week. Crews aim for two pickups in every neighborhood during the season. Crews may not be able to pick up all the loose leaves in a neighborhood on the designated collection day. When they return to the area, they will pick up where they left off.

It may take several weeks to complete an entire Public Service Day/trash day district.

Weather conditions may alter the Oct. 22-to-Dec. 7 timeline.

Leaves collected from streets will be temporarily deposited in the DPW yard, Crowley, Ford Field, Hemlock and Levagood parks before the contractor hauls them to a compost facility.

For a weekly leaf collection schedule, call the Leaf Hotline at 313-943-2444.