2015 curbside yard waste collection begins March 16

DEARBORN – The city’s 2015 curbside yard waste program is set to begin March 16 and last through Dec. 11.

Beginning the week of March 16, residents can put yard waste in properly marked containers at the curb on their trash collection day.

Residents may place the yard waste materials in the proper containers at least three feet away from their trash and recycling carts. Yard waste cannot be placed in the street.

Acceptable containers include yard waste paper bags or a resident’s own 20- to 32-gallon container clearly marked with a yard waste sticker.
These stickers are available for free at Dearborn Public Libraries and at the Dearborn Administrative Center, 16901 Michigan Ave.

Yard waste placed in plastic bags or cardboard boxes will not be picked up.

This nine-month 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, dirt needs to be removed from the roots and root balls need to be removed 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 cannot 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 Sanitation Division at 313-943-2433.